Day excursion to the old fortified fishing port of Essaouira situated on the Atlantic coast. Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese and occupied by them till the mid 18th century when the trans-saharan trade routes fell apart. The present town dates from the 18th century. See the impressive town fortifications consisting of an amazing mixture of Portuguese and Berber military architecture. Explore the souks and the carpentry workshops devoted to cedar and thuya wood carving. See Gnaoua Art galleries which are dotted in the city, and visit the fortified fishing port.