An April 2004 trip
to Essaouira by linet
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.
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 feel the fresh fish melting in your month with the unique aroma of sea. It is a great combination though, as good as fish in olive oil and even better in own category. Unfortunately there is no wine served here so we ended the meal with sweet mint tea and patisserie Moroccan as usual. Menu's start from 8 Euros, of course more affordable for lunch.
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Riad le grand Large
2 Rue Oum Rabii Essaouira
For lunch go back to the harbour and sit a while watching seagulls following the boats and you can have fish at one of the places at the harbour. Once more you will notice that the shops here are much different than in Agadir and you will be treated more as a person than cash-machine and that is a good feeling while traveling.
You can walk around freely, talk to ladies, help them with work if you want and of course buy a couple of bottles to take with you home. Oil for cosmetic purposes costs 50 dirhams and for cooking costs 100 dirhams. After I came back I regretted not buying more of this stuff because it is really great value for money a present for your body and soul.