If you feel like exploring Morocco and doing some Yoga up on the terrace
of a beautiful 16th century Moroccan Riad (traditional Moroccan home) each
morning, then why not come and join Jo for a weeks holiday in
Eassaouira, from 1st May until the 7th May
Eassaouira, from 22nd May until the 29th May
Essaouira is an outstanding
and well preserved example of a mid-18th century fortified seaport town With
its long beaches, vibrant souks surrounded by a magnificent wall the Moroccan
seaside town is a laid back place to come and enjoy this Yoga holiday.
We will be practicing Yoga every morning from 7.30-9.00, you don't need to
have previous experience of yoga, the sessions will be offered to your
In the evenings we will be exploring chanting, pranayama (breathing exercises)
and some meditation.
Breakfast and evening meal will be included in the fee. Any excursions will
be an added extra. We will go and see how the women at the Womans Co-operative
produce Argan oil. All proceeds will help the women that work there.
We will spend a morning at Sidi kaouki beach where the surfers bounce along
the tops of the waves.
May is a beautiful time in Essaouira the temperatures are good and it is
not too windy.
Ramparts and The Port
Essaouira's medina is walled like many old towns in Morocco and the ramparts
are quite impressive as they're built on the cliffs. Locals and visitors
alike enjoy strolling along the ramparts as the sun sets. The port is a busy
port filled with fishing boats. A large fish auction is held every Saturday
but watching the daily catch being sold every afternoon to restaurants around
the harbour area, is fun to experience as well. This is where you can hear
the swark of seagulls swooping over your head, filling themselves on scraps
fed to them by the fishermen working in the harbour.
Essaouira is on the Atlantic coast which can at times be quite windy, it
is also known as the wind city. The beach is also nice for a stroll and since
it runs for about 6 miles (10km) there's plenty of it. Locals use the beach
to play soccer and other sports as well as swimming in the summer. At the
far end of the beach there are horses and camels to hire which will take
you off to the Jimmy Hendrix village if you wish or just go for a ride along
Essaouira has quite a few hammams and there is an old hammam directly under
the riad where we will be staying. The sexes don't mix obviously, so this
is a really great way to meet some local Moroccan women (if you're a woman).
Opt for a scrub down with traditional black soap, it's really a treat.
Where are Atlas Mountains? Information about the history and facts of Atlas
Atlas Mountains; a mountain system in northwest Africa, extending approximately
1,500 miles (2,414 km), southwest to northeast, from the Atlantic Ocean through
Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia to the Gulf of Gabes in the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlas is the European name for the system, reflecting the ancient Greeks'
belief that it was the home of their god Atlas. In Arabic it is called Djezira
el-Maghreb (Island of the West) because it is an "island" of relative fertility
in a desert region.
The Atlas system comprises several roughly parallel ridges, including three
major ranges in Morocco (from north to south: the Middle Atlas, the High
or Great Atlas, and the Anti-Atlas) and lesser ranges in Algeria and Tunisia,
of which the Maritime or Tell Atlas along the Algerian coast and the Saharan
Atlas to the south are most important. The High Atlas, stretching across
central Morocco, is the most impressive range, with an average elevation
of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). Its highest peak, Djebel Toubkal in western
Morocco, towers 13,661 feet (4,164 meters).
The northern flanks of the Atlas are covered with oak, walnut, pine, and
cedar. Here fertile valleys and plateaus intersperse the mountains. Southward
the slopes that face the desert are barren. Iron, copper, manganese, lead,
marble, limestone, and basalt are the system's mineral deposits, and some
oil and gas is exploited.
Geologically the Atlas Mountains are more European than African. They were
born of the same global convulsions that reared the Alps and the Himalaya,
the course of which may be traced eastward through Sicily to the Italian
Apennines and westward far out to sea in the Canaries. The main foldings
occurred in the Jurassic period and continued into the Miocene, but there
are older Paleozoic and Archeozoic rock formations.
The Atlas region is rich in legend and history. Phoenician sailors venturing
into the Atlantic told tales of snow-capped peaks far inland on the African
continent, and the Greeks believed that their Titan, Atlas, who bore up the
heavens, dwelt there. The Atlas ranges once sheltered Carthage from the hostile
tribesmen of the Sahara. The native people, like most mountain dwellers,
have always been brave and freedom loving. Numidian horsemen of the Atlas
region provided Hannibal's army with an effective mobile striking force.
Native Berbers swelled the armies that overran Spain to establish the kingdom
of the Moors. Later, Muslim corsairs preyed upon Christian shipping. Riffian
tribesmen long defied Spanish armies and yielded to France only after repeated
campaigns. Mountaineers of the Atlas region participated actively in the
rebellions that brought Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria their independence
from France in the 1950's and 1960's.