Essaouira Journals

Essaouira, Kingdom of Heaven

An April 2004 trip to Essaouira by linet

Essaouira, the seagull Photo, Essaouira, Morocco More Photos
Quote: Essaouria is certainly one of the most picturesque and relaxed places in Morocco. Due to this it has been an ideal place to make movies.

Essaouira, Kingdom of Heaven

Overview

Essaouira, the seagull Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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The whole city looks so romantic and historic that is is a great experience to stroll up and down the streets, watching fisherman at the port with the artists, sharing fresh fish with seagulls. When we were there, the film 'Kingdom of Heaven' was being made and all city was film set. There is also a considerable artist community living here, you can see them making drawings of fisherman at the port. If there was one place in Morocco that I could live that would be Essaouria.Quick Tips: A trip to the south of Essaouria, to Tamanar would be a great day out to see Argan trees on the way which can only be found in Morocco. There are always goats on them. Unfortunately goats eat up and dry the tre...Read More

Riad le grand Large

Restaurant

Riad le grand Large Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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This is just one of the treasures hidden in the dusty streets of Essaouira. You have to know that it is there to find it otherwise you will never find the tiny gate in one of the side streets. This is a renovated house used as a hotel and restaurant. We have had lunch here. It has never happened to me that the waiter first tells 'The catch of the day did not arrive yet' and while I am searching the menu further the waiter comes back and says 'The catch of the day has arrived'. Ok, than I did go for fished cooked in argan oil, oil from the nut of a tree only found in Morocco, which you recognize with the goats on it. Oil gives a full taste to the fish it is absolutely not heavy and you can still...Read More

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Riad le grand Large
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The streets of Essaouira Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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Start the walk at the beautiful castle, once built by the Portuguese. Walk along the walls alongside sea. You will see a building on a small island, built as a prison. Sea on this part of the coast is windy therefore you get wet by the wildy waves of the sea as it hits the walls. Notice the towers at the end of the seawalls and go down to the streets of Essaouria to discover its medieval architecture. There will be Turkish baths, synagogues shops selling spices and riads on hidden streets. You will notice the European character of this cute town as well. There is a little possibility that you see hustlers here. The atmosphere is more relaxed that the rest of Morocco. There are coffee houses around as ...Read More
Processing of Argan oil Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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This little village called Tamaner lays in the south of Essaouira and famous for its cooperative for processing Argan-nut for cooking and cosmetic oils. Argan tree is only to be found in Morocco and most of the production is purchased by the French. It is proven that Argan oil helps aging-wrinkles, rheumatic complaints and skin irritations. Cooking with Argan oil is not only healthy but also very tasty too. In this cooperative in Tamanar village, 50 ladies work full time and many more part-time. Their children go to the school in the cooperative complex and they have library too. This is one of the places in Morocco where I saw hope and happiness in people's eyes. They were really proud of being ...Read More