Excursion to Essaouira

Excursion to Essaouira from Marrakech

Formerly known under the name of Mogador, Essaouira has lived over many peoples, from the Romans to the Portuguese, not to mention the Arabs and Berbers. Because of this history, saved countless vestiges of these people, whether in the form of monuments or customs of its people. Medina and admire the eighteenth century Portuguese forts. Continue to a forest of argan tree that exists only in this region, we will eat the famous grilled seafood and return to Marrakech.

The name of the city is usually spelled Essaouira in Latin script, and الصويرة in Arabic script. Both spellings represent its name in Moroccan Arabic, ṣ-Ṣwiṛa. This is the diminutive[2] (with definite article) of the noun ṣuṛ which means “wall (as round a yard, city), rampart”.[3] The pronunciation with pharyngealized /ṣ/ and /ṛ/ is a typically Moroccan development. In Classical Arabic, the noun is sūr (سور, with plain /s/ and /r/), diminutive suwayrah (سويرة); this is the only form cited in all dictionaries of Classical Arabic. Hence, the spelling of the name in Arabic script according to the classical pronunciation is السويرة al-Suwayrah (with sīn not ṣād).

Archaeological research shows that Essaouira has been occupied since prehistoric times. The bay at Essaouira is partially sheltered by the island of Mogador, making it a peaceful harbor protected against strong marine winds.

In Moroccan Arabic, a single male inhabitant is called ṣwiṛi, plural ṣwiṛiyin, a single female inhabitant is ṣwiṛiya, plural ṣwiṛiyat. In the Berber language, a single male inhabitant is u Taṣṣort, plural: ayt Taṣṣoṛt, a single female inhabitant is ult Taṣṣort, plural ist Taṣṣort.

Excursion to Essaouira from Marrakech

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