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A few lazy days in Essaouira

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A September 2012 trip to Essaouira by Slug

Essaouira Photo, Essaouira, Morocco More Photos
Quote: After our hike in the mountains, what better than a few lazy days by the coast.

Travelling to Essaouira from Marrakech

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Essaouira Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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I guess that many travellers arrive in Marrakech for their journey to Essaouira. Our High Atlas hike was arranged by KE Adventure in the UK and was based around Marrakech. We fancied a few "chill" days after our hard work and they offered a 4 day extension trip to Essaouira for approximately £200 a person. Given that Morocco shouldn't be an expensive country, my personal challenge was to do it for cheaper. My beloved's additional challenge was to do the trip without hassle. Checking on a travel booking website, the hotel the tour company used was £46 a night for a room so I booked a similarly priced Riad more to my liking, which meant I had approximately £260 to cover the two way journey ...Read More

Essaouira Fishing Port

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Essaouira Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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Although Essaouira is quite a large Moroccan city of 70,000, the tourist part of town is really quite small and divided broadly into "Beach" and "Medina". We are fortunate in that in Morocco the French colonists tended to build their modern part of the city alongside the traditional medina and Kasbah parts, and many Moroccan cities now have both. I will cover the Medina elsewhere, but I have to say while the surfing is obviously an attraction in this windy Atlantic Coastal city the beach part of town is fairly nondescript. I particularly didn't like the unfinished look to the place with lumps of concrete sticking out on an abandoned strip of land between the beach, road and strip of restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2012

Essaouira Ramparts

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Attraction | "The views make the Essaouria Ramparts well worth visiting "

Essaouira Ramparts Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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The sea front of the Medina and port area of Essaouira is surrounded by European built fortifications built by the Portuguese in the early 1500s. While it didn't do the Portuguese many favours (they lost the city after only a few short years), the fortifications and Ramparts are still here (although heavily updated in the late 1700s) and lend a surreal air to the city surrounded by sand. It was said that Jimi Hendrix's Castle Made of Sand was inspired by his stay in the city, but alas he wrote the lyrics some two years before visiting Essaouira. The remains of the fort are very near the fishing port and costs 10 Dirham (approximately 70p ($1) to enter. To be fair of the fort there are o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2012

Essaouira Ramparts

Essaouira, Morocco

Taros Cafe Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Taros; Relax, enjoy the views and wear ear plugs!"

Taros Cafe Restaurant Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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Our Riad hosts recommended Cafe Bar Taros for its great views over the city, and while it was an obvious choice we weren't disappointed by our visits to the place. The bar is at the end of the Medina area between the sea and the beach area. The main attraction is the rooftop bar up three flights of stairs, where you enter into a very large Greek looking roof top bar (think bright blue and white). There are plenty of staff around and service was very good on the two occasions we visited. There is quite a choice of seating from tables in direct sunlight to recliners in shade, so take your time looking for that perfect spot.The riad owners where we were staying recommended we didn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2012

Taros Cafe Restaurant
Place Moulay Hassan
Essaouira, Morocco
212 (0)24 47 64

Restaurant Il Mare

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Restaurant | "Il Mare - probably better for fish than pizza."

Restaurant Il Mare Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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Flushed with success at the rooftop bar of Cafe Taros and with my beloved feeling the worse for wear with a stomach bug, we decided to stop at another rooftop bar Il Mare overlooking the ramparts in the Medina area of Essaouira. The outside didn't look too inspiring in the narrow streets of the souk, but an elderly woman gestured to us that the place was open late afternoon, so we decided to see what it was like, and if the worst came to the worst sneak out after an Orange Tango after my beloved had caught her breath. Our climb up the narrow stairs felt like we were visiting someone's impoverished aged aunt in her apartment but the steps opened up into the restaurant area and the open air ...Read More

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Restaurant Il Mare
43, Rue Scala
Essaouira, Morocco
212 (0)24 476 4