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Uncover the rich history and culture of Essaouira's Jewish community on a half-day tour through the Mellah, exploring ancient alleyways, synagogues, and vibrant markets that showcase the town's diverse heritage.

Essaouira’s old Jewish quarter is called the Mellah, a word derived from the Arabic for “salt”. Traced to the first Jewish settlement in Fez, the reference is believed to have been linked to its proximity to a salt marsh, and subsequently, mellah was retained as the name given to many other Jewish districts in Morocco. Surrounded by fortified walls, Essaouira’s Jewish quarter was built by the Sultan for the thousands of Jews who came to trade in this seaside port town. Accompanied by your private guide, step back in time to this hidden gem within the UNESCO-listed medina, many of its remnants still intact. Wander through ancient alleyways, visit the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Museum (subject to opening hours), and stop at the silver jewellery cooperative. Today’s tour offers a glimpse into Morocco’s Jewish past and the opportunity to learn about the rich history and culture of the community that once thrived in Essaouira. This is generally a half day tour.

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