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Dar Evening Star.High Above The Ocean On The Ancient Ramparts of Essaouira

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Old Medina Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 ensuite Baths, 2 half baths ,Hammam, All Amenities

PLEASE CONTACT OWNERS FOR ADJUSTABLE RATES And DISCOUNTS...OR WE CAN PHONE YOU..EASY and SAFE DIRECT BOOKING...NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED...All housekeeping more..See our many 5 star reviews on Homeaway, Holidaylettings,Trip advisor and tour the house on our own personal 360 website.Dar Evening Star is a Deluxe villa with the most unique position on the ocean in Essaouira..fully restored ancient 1850's Bakery,dramatically seated on the ancient city walls with the ocean crashing against it..Unobstructed sea panorama, 5 level Villa 350 m2

3 Spacious Ocean Bedroom Suites.3 Ocean Terraces,Sleeps 8, (3 couples 2 children or 2 more adults) with raised beds enjoying the sea as far as the eye can see.. 3 luxurious ensuite Bathrooms plus 2 half baths ,Hammam(Turkish Bath), by apptmt...Spa services by apptmt.,Cinema Room,plus television on each level, free WiFi, plus satelite reception, Music and film library included, fully equipped restaurant style kitchen and counter bar, seats 12,modern laundry, includes housekeeping, security safe box, 3 incredible seaview terraces perfect for dining outdoors or sunbathing. 4 fireplaces...Our enormous inox windows on each floor never leave you without an ocean view.Many optional services available including all airport transfers ,car rental,plus in house chef,spa and massage services by apptmt. ,all around Essaouira and Morocco excursions complete with guide and driver are available.

Essaouira, stunning and safe for all, is the former Portugese 'Mogador' , an historic Unesco world heritage site, walled,pedestrian, working seaport village on the south central Atlantic coast of Morocco. Found here is the most equitable climate in all of Morocco, there is never a time that is 'out of season'. Essaouira's spectacular horseshoe shaped swimming beach ,a 10 minute walk from Dar Evening Star, provides endless opportunities for wind and kite surfing, camel and horseback riding ,golf, plus daily opportunities for long walks.Essaouira is old world, craft souks, fish and vegetable markets, world class restaurants both simple and 5 star but also offers all of the amenities one may seek. Easy access to/from Marrakech/Agadir plus many other Moroccan destinations makes Essaouira a perfect base for travel in Morocco.

Living in the medina just 5 minutes away ,The owners provide the added extra of making themselves personally available for any assistance that you may require.we also live in the medina,5 minutes away from Dar Evening Star.Whether it's an Essaouira tour,Marrakech advice, restaurant reservations or shopping advice you can rely on us for assistance.Dar Evening Star is perfect for solitude, rest and as headquarters for your exploration of the ancient medina of Essaouira. PLUS Dar Evening Star can act as a Moroccan travel hub..

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John Russo/Charles Orme
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, arabic
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About John Russo/Charles Orme

I grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona between Sedona and Phoenix and spent 30 years in New York City working with a Wall Street firm.

I began travelling to Morocco on business starting in 1998 but quickly fell in love with Essaouira and purchased this property in 2003' finally moving here 2 years ago when I immediately began the restoration of this old sea front bakery. It was very exciting to carefully plan every step of the restoration.I am an ocean person and I am thrilled each day to walk out on our sea balconies complete with daily blue skies and sunshine. I, so look forward for guests to experience the house, Dar Evening Star, and the sea at it's best!

John Russo/Charles Orme purchased this villa in 2003

Why John Russo/Charles Orme chose Essaouira

Essaouira was an accident for me. I wandered into town , one Christmas, many years ago and fell in love with it on contact. The old fishing port, the beautiful pedestrian ,ancient walled medina, the ocean around every corner, plus the sunshine and crystal blue skies...Much later in 2003 , now with local friends urging me on, I began my search for property. In one day I purchased 2! One, in which, to live and another to slowly and carefully restore. This property was nearly abandoned with an 1850´s long retired bakery on the ground floor. What immediately captured me where the unobstructed ocean views but also to sit on top of the ancient city walls facing the sea and be a part of the Portugese heritage of Morocco made this opportunity irresistable. Now the house is finished but maintains an ancient feel with all of the comforts of home. That's the Abridged history of Dar Evening Star!

What makes this villa unique

The unique benefits:

1) The sea crashing beneath us as seen on all floors thru our large inox windows

2 )The ramparts sea terrace as seen from our restaurant kitchen and counter bar

3) Our large top floor ocean terrace which has the feel of being in a boat..sun beds ,dining etc.

4) An in house turkish bath

5 ) Our cinema and DVD and Music Library

6) the magical evenings as the sun sets on the ocean and the house comes to life with it's fantastic lighting

7) From our terraces,watching the fishermen going daily to the sea

8) the house is in at the center of the pedestrian only ..walled ancient medina, full of life, shops, restaurants and Moroccan craft workers.

9) The proximity to Marrakech and other exciting destinations

10) Daily walks on the beach

11) Following the daily rythymn of a maritime location in a house that respects and absorbs it's surroundings. You hear only the sounds of gull and the sea..

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful week we had staying at John & Chip's place in the Medina. It's hard to overstate how fantastic the house is, beautifully decorated and stuffed with every last amenity and piece of kit you could wish for. In itself what a fabulous result from a holiday rental. Add into the mix the wonderful care and attention you receive from John including: ensuring every last detail of your travel to and from the house is arranged and as easy as possible; making restaurant bookings on your behalf; taking you on a tour of the great places to shop and buy wine; arranging for a tour out in the countryside with Claudia from Berberlands and even accompanying me on my first trip to the Carrefour on the edge of town. John is the single best host we've ever had on our travels - and we've been lucky to have some great hosts. I would not hesitate to recommend this place and honestly I can't wait to go back!

My Response

Dear Ian,Penni,Lucas and Charlie, We were so happy to receive you at Dar Evening Star. Your respect for the house,your love of the ocean and your true spirit of adventure made your vacation..a vacation for us! You are a kind and generous family and we await your return where we will have more surprises for you! Thank you for your lovely review and for choosing Dar Evening Star! John and Charles
Apr 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Dar Evening Star.High Above The Ocean On The Ancient Ramparts of Essaouira
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews

A memory for life

  • 5 of 5

We were picked up at the airport in Marrakech not knowing what to except from our journey to Morocco since this was our first visit. We arrived at the port of Essaouira and was greeted by the owners of the dar-eveningstar John and Charles.

Entering the first floor we were stunned. An amazing house of several floors. The interior was the most beautiful and well planned we have ever seen. A perfect design and every detail picked with great care making us feel welcome. Every inch was clean and filled with everything you need even comfortable robes to use after shower. The view of the sea from every floor. We travelled with two children of 14 and 11 years old and they were so happy running up and down the stairs to explore this house. The got to pick where they wanted to sleep and off course chose the top floor. That night we fell asleep listening to the ocean from an open window. The top floor with a terrass overlooking the ocean was the icing on the cake. We had an interest in seeing local craftsmanship and shopping for spices and art. John knows all the good galleries and shops and we got the best service. He was helpful all the way and recommended fantastic restaurants.

The town house is perfectly located in the old town close to everything. Only a short walk from the house is the beach where the children got to swim. We are already planning a return visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mina,Magnus,Natalie and Melvyn, Thank you so much for your wonderful review but most of all for staying with us at Dar Evening Star..You are our first Swedish family and it was so much fun sharing Moroccan art with you and walking the narrow lanes of our old medinas.Your appreciation and taste for Moroccan art and galleries was very exciting for me. Your respect and kind words about Dar Evening Star really made us happy..The unparalelled sea views and decor are a labour of love and your appreciation of all that we put into the house makes it all worth it for us! Please return to us soon and stay longer this time!! Gratefully, John, Charles and Henry"
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Un Dar superbe, un séjour inoubliable.

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons séjourné au Dar Evening Star début du mois de Juillet. Nous savions en réservant ce Dar qu’il était particulier mais la réalité dépasse ce qu’on aperçoit sur le site internet du Dar.

Le Dar Evening Star est une maison assez unique. Les 4 étages de cette maison (Rez +3) présentent non seulement de très beaux volumes mais l’agencement des pièces et la décoration de chacune d’elles est parfaite. Les propriétaires des lieux ont réussi à marier

différent styles avec goût et raffinement. Rien ne choque et tout est à sa place. Au niveau des équipements tout y est ; du lave linge au sèche linge, du lave vaisselle ou four et four à micro ondes, du « home cinéma » à la radio des années 60. Durant notre séjour, de 6 jours, nous n’avons manqué de rien au niveau équipements. Les chambres sont grandes et plus qu’agréables. Quel plaisir de se coucher et de se réveiller en ayant une vue imprenable sur l’océan. C’est unique et magique. Le chants des mouettes, le cri des goelands et le roulis des vagues vous bercent. Peut on souhaiter plus beau réveil ?

Les 3 terrasses (dont une très grande sur le toit du Dar) vous offrent une vue imprenable et époustouflante sur l’océan. Et si un soir vous n’avez pas envie de sortir, profitez en pour voir un des innombrables films (DVD) proposés. Quasi tous les films sortis dernièrement font partie de la collection impressionnante qui est mise à notre disposition.

La localisation du Dar est elle aussi un plus. Situé le long des remparts, à 30 mètres de l’une des deux rues principales de la Medina, il est aisé d’aller faire ses courses au marché, se promener dans les souks, aller à la plage ou encore aller au port. Tout est proche du Dar, l’épicier, le marchand de poulets, la boulangerie, la pâtisserie et certains très bons restaurants.

Et pour finir, je tiens à mettre en avant l’accueil chaleureux et sincère des propriétaires. Ils sont aux petits soins et leur seul but est de rendre votre séjour, vos vacances, encore plus merveilleuses que ce à quoi vous vous attendiez.

Je recommande chaudement le Dar Evening Star. En ce qui me concerne, c’était mon 1er séjour mais ce ne sera sûrement pas mon unique séjour. J’y retournerai.

Merci à John et Charles pour ce séjour inoubliable.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cristina, Thank you for your wonderful review and your appreciation for Dar Evening Star. We are so grateful that uou stayed with us and hopefully you will return soon to the sound of the Ocean, seagulls and most of all the tranquility of the house.We are waiting for you!! Gratefully, John , Charles and Henry
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Wonderful house, fantastic views, lovely hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in April 2016 after visiting Essaouira at Christmas. We loved the town and the weather so much we decided to come back. Previously we had stayed in a hotel but we wanted somewhere that felt more like a home and Dar evening star was perfect. It does feel like a cared for and loved home but has all the facilities and more that you would want to find in a 5 star hotel. It's beautifully decorated, the ocean views are wonderful from inside and outside the house; especially when you wake up in the morning and can lie in bed watching the sea. There is a lovey terrace with sun beds to relax on, a patio to sit on and have evening drinks watching the sun go down, a great kitchen, comfy beds, lovely bathrooms and the list goes on and on. John and Chip were kind and very welcoming, the pastries on arrival were much appreciated, they were available to offer advice and help at any time but were not intrusive at all. We will definitely return. Thank you both.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pat, Gwen and Kelly, Now and again we have clients who are just plain fun.You were kind,world travelled and beyond our expectations . We wanted to do so much more for you than we did.Nothing would make us happier than if you returned to us.We were sad when you left but know somehow,somewhere,in the world,we will meet you again..with affection and graritude..John ,charles and Henry"
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5 star- Top Class

  • 5 of 5

It is with delight I write this review after my second visit to Dar Evening Star, my first review was top class, 5 stars. So now I wonder how can I add to this review. But Dar Evening Star has even got better in the past year, with even more attention to comfort.

I'm sure as readers of these reviews, you may wonder could they and the photos be true. Absolutely yes and actually it is even better than the words and pictures.

Staying at Dar evening star is an amazing experience: from the attentive care from John And Chip as hosts, the welcome feast of pastries, fruit and cheese, spectacular ocean views, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, A gallery of art works on each floor, fully stocked bathrooms, shower gels, shampooing, soft comfy towels and bathrobes, brilliant sound systems with a huge variety of music and movies, flat screens tvs in every room. Fresh water carafes throughout the villa, a safe for valuables, And the carefully complied green book of instructions for all house appliances and a thorough guide to the towns restaurants. All this combined makes for a perfect place to experience the delights of Essaouira. I also wish to add, Essaouira is a beautiful town, full of life and activity, welcoming friendly people, fantastic restaurants, a sandy beach that goes on for miles, an an ideal place to experience Morocco.

Our gratitude to John and Chip for opening their beautiful villa for use, for their constant help and guidance making our time in Essaouira a treasured memory.

We will be back..

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joannes! How grateful..we are for all that you've a second time's above and beyond to write yet another review, many people even me, sometimes, when I leave a wonderful experience, I have the best intentions but in the end, time passes and I never get to a that's why this review means even more to reads as if you noticed every detail, that we intentionally provide and gives us even more inspiration to introduce new ideas for Dar Evening Star...As you know the ocean is the real star of the property...but it always helps to find all of the comforts of home when arriving in a foreign country....Thank you for mentioning our wonderful Essaouira and Morocco..We are Americans here with nearly 20 years..of continued safety, stability and progress in Morocco..Thanks to our strong government and leadership, daily life has never been safer and more comfortable than now...for which we are most grateful!! In any case..let's give it a 3rd time, we are waiting for you and your Irish friends and family!! Gratefully with affection... John and Charles Dar Evening Star
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  • 5 of 5

I've just completed a 10 stay at Dar Evening Star and have to say that it was one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime of travel. The house: the photographs pictured on the website do not come close to doing it justice. The clear ocean views, as seen from the house's very large windows, are breathtaking. The three sea view terraces and best of all the roof terrace give you the feeling that you are in a ship..out to sea .Inside, the house contains every amenity imaginable, restaurant style, open kitchen, large dining bar as well as a beautiful dining table...a full modern laundry, a cinema room with hundreds of the latest DVD's, music on each floor, fluffy towels and bathrobes, plus elevated beds to optimize the sea views. Full housekeeping as little or often as you'd like...all of this with only the sounds of the gulls and a great location and 5 minutes walking distance to everywhere.

The service: John and Charles, the owners, were dedicated to whatever I needed to make my stay memorable. Beginning with arranging my car to/from Marrakech Airport..greeting me at the entrance to town, walking me to the house, and when I arrived, a table set with fresh fruit, bread and French pastries. The house was fully stocked with water plus everything that I needed. The next day they offered me a mini tour, in order that I understood Essaouira and its details..

Essaouira, safe, clean, charming..the beauty only surpassed by the warmth and hospitality of the Moroccans. Please don't hesitate to reserve Dar Evening Star..before the secret is out!!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Friend! Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review and most of all ,we are so grateful that you've stayed with us.It's especially gratifying that you made note of all the details that make Dar Evening Star unique in Essaouira.Please return to us for a second round of Morocco and most of all for even a more special time at Dar Evening Star! Gratefully, John & Charles
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Nous avons adoré notre séjour

  • 5 of 5

Merci pour votre accueil super chaleureux, vos services hauts de gamme et cette maison restaurée avec goût et originalité. Les finitions sont nickelles, le ménage irréprochable, les équipements généreux et de bonne qualité.

Vraie vue imprenable sur l'océan, fracas des vagues contre les remparts, embruns, une croisière sans le roulis!

Nous avons adoré notre séjour et espérons pouvoir revenir quand le hammam sera en fonction.

Merci et bonne saison

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chere Emanuele ,William,Ben and Hortense, Thank you for your kind review and for being such wonderful and enthusiatic guests..we are so grateful that you were happy with Dar Evening Star and that you especially loved the ocean views.We thank you also for your comments about our customer service..please join us again, we would really be so happy to host you again! John and Charles!
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Essaouira 15, Marrakech 170, Casablanca 350
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Taros 10 steps away
Nearest Ferry
750 Kilometres
Tanger/ Spain about 8 hours north
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
15 min out of town Sofitel Golf
Nearest Train
170 Kilometres
Marrakech. about 2 hours east
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
essaouira at the end of the beach
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Le Cle De Voute. superb ! 10 min walk
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Asni 3 1/2 hours
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Essaouira center of town
Car: necessary

Seaport visitation, Golf resort spas, restaurants, swimming pools..long walks on the beach,daytrips to oases and berber villages and deserted beaches ,all can be arranged for our guests!

Rates & Availability

Old Medina Villa Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

EMAIL or CALL ME FOR CURRENT RATES/Discounts/Discounts for children..details and proper quotes by contacting owners. Or we will call you if you'd prefer..Easy, safe booking, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED...All Housekeeping included..
Payment via Standard Bank wire Transfer from your bank to ours..We also accept PayPal...Formal Bank Receipt sent to you immediately upon receipt of funds..
40% Due at time of booking...Full Balance due 60 Days prior to check-in date.
House Sleeps 8 4 night Minimum Rates based on 4 Guests..Special discount for under 4 guests
4 Persons 7 Nights € 1100
6 Persons 7 Nights € 1250
8 Persons 7 Nights € 1400

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Old Medina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 2nd level Kitchen powder room - toilet , bidet , Plus Sink
    1st level Powder Room - toilet , bidet , Plus Sink...
    3rd Level Ocean Suite - toilet , shower , bidet , Plus Luxury Sink,... luxury Rainshower ,….Heated Towel Rack
    1st Level Hammam (turkish Bath) - shower , Luxury Hammam..Rain Shower
    4th Level Ocean Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , bidet , Plus Luxury, Sink.Rainshower, Heated Towel rack
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    1st Level Ensuite Bath - toilet , shower , bidet , Plus Sink..Luxury Rainshower …Heated Towel Rack
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3rd Level Ocean Suite/Full Ocean View/Ocean elevated Bed - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , FIREPLACE,Ensuite Bath,Luxury Sink & Rainshower,Toilet,Bidet
    4th Level Ocean Suite/Ocean Terrace/Elevated Bed/Ocean View - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , FIREPLACE Ensuite Bath,luxury sink & Rainshower/ Bath,Bidet
    1st Level Suite - 1 double , with Ensuite Luxury Rainshower,Sink,Bidet,toilet
  • Sleeps 8 in 5 Beds/ 3 luxury suites/ ensuite bath..…ocean terraces and unobstructed ocean views max 8 persons ...on the 3rd and 4th level ocean suites are 2 extra single beds with real mattresses accommodating two more persons.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
PLEASE CONTACT OWNERS DIRECTLY FOR ADJUSTABLE RATES AND DISCOUNTS. In house security safe box.. Daily Housekeeping included We will arrange: In House Massage and Spa Services By aptmt Chef Services Pilates Classes Yoga Classes Cooking Classes In and around Essaouira and Marrekech excursions Desert Trips ,rental car,quad trips,kite surfing ,wind surfing,camel trips, All Airport and City Transfers Many other excursions available.

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