Written by Slug on 27 Oct, 2012
The Essaouira Fishing Port isn't exactly a tourist attraction, and we were rather anxious not to get in anyone's way as fisherman and traders marched backwards and forwards across the quay in the blistering sunshine. Even the cats are working hard not to miss any…Read More
The Essaouira Fishing Port isn't exactly a tourist attraction, and we were rather anxious not to get in anyone's way as fisherman and traders marched backwards and forwards across the quay in the blistering sunshine. Even the cats are working hard not to miss any stray bit of small fish lobbed from a tray of catch by the men. It seems that Morocco folk appreciate the vermin catching ability of their cats and so don't begrudge them a small portion of the catch. While I love cats, the fish on the floor can make for a rather slippery moment underfoot, so as well as avoiding bumping into or disrupting the workers we also had to keep an eye out underfoot. The workers don't particularly appreciate having their photographs taken as they are pulling in their nets and putting their catch onto the quay, so you need to make sure you are discrete. One good way to get some shots of the activities at the port is to visit the nearby historic fort for 10 Dirham (approximately $1). The fort walls overlook the fishing port meaning that you get something of a bird’s eye view. One interesting part are the food stalls; we watched one busy cook barbeque fish after fish partly for sale immediately to passersby, and also I presume to local families and restaurants in the town. If you don't want to chance your arm at the local stalls (although food is prepared and cooked freshly and quickly), there is a restaurant at the port. We didn't dine there as my beloved was poorly, but I can't imagine a much more convenient location for fresh fish than here. It is also worth taking a look at the tired old rusting ships that the fishermen put their faith into each and every day. Essaouira is quite a windy city and the Atlantic Ocean is not a kindly soul so rather them than me. The fishing port area is just a small area which can be walked through in 5 minutes between Essaouira Harbour and the Seafront beloved of surfers and sun lovers. Close
Written by Slug on 09 Oct, 2012
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…Read More
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 from Marrakech to Essaouira. The distance between the two cities is approximately 110 miles or 170 km so it is a fair way to travel. Unfortunately there are no trains between the two cities although the train company runs a rather handy "Western Style" coach/bus between the two places, which takes about 4 hours with a stop in the middle. This costs approximately £6 ($10) a person each way, and so is a very reasonable way to go. Or, it would be "reasonable" if you had a partner willing to take the coach. One little issue is that ideally you should book your tickets in advance and as the web site wasn't being very user friendly, that would have meant visiting the train station the afternoon before to get the tickets. OK, even I am a bit too old to spend my time messing around organising things. So, it had to be a taxi and I searched in vain for a reasonably priced taxi firm on the internet to be booked from the UK. Unfortunately the prices that were coming up on the internet were in excess of £90 each way meaning that I hardly beat the tour operators price overall. Tip to some enterprising soul: collate a network of local, cheap and good taxi firms across the world add a 10% premium to the prices, set up a website and you will be clover. Instead, I contacted the Riad we had booked in Essaouira and arranged two taxi trips with them. Price 65 Euros each way (or approximately £110 in total). Bingo, that meant I had saved £150 on the tour company price and booked something with similar door to door luxury; the result was that both my beloved and my wallet were happy bunnies. Our trip went very smoothly and I looked out of the window in anticipation as the guide books I had read advised that you could ask the guide to stop for photo opportunities enroute between the two cities. First, the sprawl of Marrakech seemed to go on for miles, with a lot of half finished new apartments, and space being converted to luxury golf hotels miles from the city centre. After that, we spotted a lot of very arid and poor farmland and then plantations of argon trees, before reaching another town with another load of those unfinished housing apartments. Perhaps we had been spoiled by the High Atlas but my finger didn't twitch once over the camera on/off switch. After a stop at a roadside cafe for a glass of refreshing Tango Orange, we drove on and just at the point where the taxi couldn't stop we suddenly spotted something worth taking a photo of; a herd of goats atop an Argon tree eating shoots and buds! On our way back, we hoped to see more of these nimble goats, but it wasn't to be. If you book a hotel in the Medina area of either Marrakech or Essaouira then be prepared for a final twist to your journey; your taxi driver will arrange for a porter and trailer to deliver your baggage to your hotel door. Believe you me in that heat and busy conditions it is well worth paying 10-20 Dirham (£1.50 maximum) for your porter to both carry your heavy luggage and to take you through the maze of streets to the front door of your Riad. Close
Written by Slug on 07 Oct, 2012
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…Read More
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 restaurants. While there are some lively looking places to eat and drink, again it is a pretty undistinguished selection and the local Muslim sensibilities means that the town doesn't feel like it has a particularly stunning night life. Between the Medina and the Beach is the sea port and fort area which looks out to a rockier aspect and a couple of islands just off shore. The fishing area is a bustling place in particular, and while the place smelt of badly rotted fish (the strong sun doesn't do the catch any favours), it is a fascinating place to have a wander and watch the fishing boats and fish chefs at work (there are some open air booths where locals buy cooked fish). Obviously, the trick is to not get in the way of these busy hard working folks. From a distance the boats looked pretty, but as we got closer we could see that many of them were coming to the end of their useful life, and I appreciated what a risk these fisherman were taking going out into the rather boisterous and windy waters of the Atlantic. It was nice to see that despite their apparently hard life the fishermen had time to toss the local cats a fish or two from their catch.While we didn't spend too much time wandering down the beach, we did appreciate it was a long and wide stretch with plenty of sporty activities such as wind surfing, camel and quad bike riding and beach volleyball. There were also a full share of "surfer bums" wandering along the beach with skin like elephant hide, necks like tree trunks and hair of straw with grey highlights; many of them looked like they had been in town a couple of seasons too long. Still if you need an experienced hand to help teach you surfing then I don't doubt it is available.Although we found the narrow streets of the Medina much more to our liking, it was worth taking a different aspect (and a less hindered breeze off the sea) by strolling down to the beach area, and in particular taking time out to explore the fishing port. Close
Written by airynfaerie on 27 Oct, 2011
The beach town of Essaouria on the west coast of Morocco is a lovely laid-back and exotic city. I recently visited as a day-trip from a week in Marrakesh.After the 3-hr drive from Marrakesh in the morning, we arrived in Essaouria. We enjoyed stopping along…Read More
The beach town of Essaouria on the west coast of Morocco is a lovely laid-back and exotic city. I recently visited as a day-trip from a week in Marrakesh.After the 3-hr drive from Marrakesh in the morning, we arrived in Essaouria. We enjoyed stopping along the long drive for a mint tea at a "rest-stop" type restaurant, as well as checking out the fields of Argon trees which only grow in this area of the world. *Goats also love to eat the argon fruit and will climb into the branches to dine...but watch out for the trees by the road filled with goats, as many tourists stop to take photos and are quickly approached by men who have chained the goats in the trees to ask for money for the photos when cars stop. We arrived just before lunch to the beach area of Essaouria, and took some time to check out the shore. The beach is quite wide and open for many people to spread out a towel. There's a mix of apparel, from women in covered more traditional garb, to many people in swimsuits. A few beach areas are available with private beach "clubs" where you can pay for a chair/umbrella for the day and use the restrooms and changing areas - similar to the European style beaches.There is a strand of restaurants lining the shore, which are all moderate priced, offer a nice view, and basic seafood and pizza dishes. We had pizza (one of the only times enjoying this in Morocco), and then headed the kilometer away towards the walled historic part of the city. The city is definitely beautiful with a chic and welcoming sort of rugged. It was a nice break from chaotic Marrakesh and offered a bit more of a laid-back vibe.Take some time to wander the alleys and check out the souks. Vendors hear don't seem as pushy and prices are better as well. Walk along the waterfront dock area to watch the sunset, or check the fisherman coming in from sea.For some activities just outside the city, you can take horse or camel rides on the beach or check out the crumbling fort just outside town where many in the hippie culture of the 60s and 70s came to see, including Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, and Bob Marley (which you'll see photos and flags of everywhere).Definitely worth a stop (and stay) if you're traveling through Morocco. Especially if you need a break from the other cities, take a couple days to wind down in Essaouria. Close
Written by koshkha on 19 Apr, 2011
One of my favourite places in Morocco is the lovely little coastal town of Essaouira. It's got a laid back hippy vibe that has long endeared it to visitors. They say Bob Marley loved it and there are lots of tall tales about famous people…Read More
One of my favourite places in Morocco is the lovely little coastal town of Essaouira. It's got a laid back hippy vibe that has long endeared it to visitors. They say Bob Marley loved it and there are lots of tall tales about famous people having a wild time there but mostly it's just a very relaxed and lovely place to be, especially after the slightly oppressive centre of Marrakech. Perhaps I should have booked longer - I think the rest of the group would have preferred it - but my planning said we'd leave early on the second day and return late on the third. It didn't go quite to plan. Our Riad in Marrakech kindly offered to send someone to get bus tickets for us but that didn't work out because it was Sunday and they said the booking office was closed. We had briefly considered taking a taxi to the coast but nobody would come anywhere close to a sensible price and I didn't want to pay silly money just for a short trip. Hence hubby was up early to take a cab to the station to book for the 10.30 am bus. He returned looking a bit down in the mouth because he couldn't get earlier than the 5 pm bus. Somewhat annoyingly, he'd only been able to book the bus out to Marrakech and not back again - it would seem that actually planning both ways is beyond the capability of the Supratours bus company. We knew he'd done his best and that no earlier planning would have made any difference. Supratours run their buses from in front of the railway station which might lead you to think "Why not take the train?" and that's not a stupid question. However, the trains in Morocco end at Marrakech after coming south from the Mediterranean coast. There is no train to Essaouira or points West of Marrakech. We whiled away the day and took a taxi out to the station at about 4 pm. The bus tickets are sold from a counter inside the pleasant, modern station and there's a cafe with an attractive outdoor terrace where you can have a non-alcholic drink and wait for your bus. When the buses are ready, a staff member with a clipboard ticks off the numbered tickets after you deposit your bags in the luggage hold. It seemed that only about half the tickets had numbers on them which led to a bit of shuffling around once the bus was filled but it was all done in good humour. In both directions there were no spare seats. The Supratours buses are modern, extremely clean and of excellent quality although on the right side of the bus the leg room is not great. On the way out to the coast we had left hand seats with plenty of space and on the way back our shorter companions swapped so we had more space. There is an advantage in travelling with little people! The bus left Marrakech nearly half an hour late, crawled slowly through the suburbs where building projects are throwing up spacious and attractive homes that surely offer a lot more amenities than those in the old part of the town. We briefly drove along a toll motorway before joining the main road to Essaouira which runs in pretty much a straight line all the way. After little more than an hour, the bus pulled up at a 'tea and pee' stop to offload the passengers and dither around for about 20 minutes. It felt like we'd barely started the journey before it was time for a stop. The bus got back to business and bounced along a surprisingly springy road all the way to the coast. The views are interesting for a while - the fields are flat as pancakes and it's quite fun to check out the agricultural methods. Row upon row of olive trees sit with small earth bunds around their base to help catch the rain water. Little did we realise just how ineffective they would prove to be the next day. We arrived just after 8 pm at the bus stand just outside the city walls. Porters with blue trolleys wait to escort visitors to their hotels. We should probably have just grabbed one when we got off the bus but instead we set off with thoughts of 'maybe we'll find it, maybe we won't'. Not surprisingly we didn't. Next day at 8 am my husband was back to the bus stand to get our return tickets. He'd got his fingers burned by the change of plans the day before and was determined to get the bus he wanted for our return. He bought 4 tickets for the 6 o'clock bus and brought them back to our hotel. At 5.30 pm we were back to get the bus, waiting in the glorious sunshine for our departure. The loading routine was the same as before - put bags in the hold, line up and get ticked off on the loading sheet by the lady with the clipboard. The first half hour or so of the journey was uneventful. That's a polite way of saying that I was actually asleep so I have no idea what was happening. I awoke to look out of the window and see a massive dark cloud ahead of us which ended in a vertical wall of black. Thinking "That doesn't look good", I wasn't surprised when it started to rain a few minutes later. And then it got harder. It started to hail and the road ahead of us sat inches deep in hail stones. This all seemed quite exciting and entertaining until we realised that the water was standing more than a foot deep on some parts of the road. My sister pointed to the fields beside us where the red-brown soil was bubbling up like boiling mud and then flowing across. The driver pulled over at the 'tea and pee' stop and asked everyone to be back within fifteen minutes. I think most of us spent that time watching the vehicles creeping through the two giant pools of water either side of the cafe. Amazingly nobody got stuck in the middle although a few of the tail-gaters got dangerously close to the people ahead of them. Cyclists were riding through with water above the pedals and the centres of their wheels, unable to see the road beneath them. As you'd expect a few jokers went much to fast creating their own personal tsunamis. The locals were excited and a gentleman near us said he'd been doing the journey for over 20 years and had never seen anything like it. Amazingly, despite crawling through the puddles, we made it back to Marrakech almost to time - probably because the stop had been a bit shorter than normal. Sadly I think the farmers whose fields we'd passed probably lost most of their recently planted seedlings as everything was washed away. We saw walls knocked down by the water and a power station narrowly missed because it stood just a few inches higher than the surrounding land. The power of water should never be underestimated and if no route already exists, the water will make its own. ~ A few more practical matters~ Supratours works out of three hubs - Marrakech, Fez and Asila. From Marrakech you can go south to eleven destinations including Agadir, south west to Essouira or east to places like Ouzarzate, Zagora and Merzouga. They also run international services to Spain, France and Italy. We were only able to buy from the departing station in each case but there are numerous booking agents listed on the Supratours website so if you can't face getting up stupidly early to go to the station, it might be worth contacting one of them. Alternatively if you are staying in Marrakech before you take the bus it's worth asking your hotel or riad to help get tickets for you. The fares are very good - we paid just 70 dirhams (approx £5) each way. For more information see www.supratours.ma Close
Written by duskmaiden on 25 Jun, 2009
Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador is a fishing port with a Portuguese citadel and an 18th century Medina (old town ) which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was a firm favourite with sixties musicians such as Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix and is…Read More
Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador is a fishing port with a Portuguese citadel and an 18th century Medina (old town ) which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was a firm favourite with sixties musicians such as Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix and is still a favourite with me due to its charm. . We visited it as a day trip during a weeks holiday in Marrakesh. We were captivated by its pretty whitewashed buildings and the fine golden beach leading to the blueness of the Atlantic Ocean. The easiest and probably cheapest way to make the thee hour journey from Marrakesh to Essaouira is by Supertours,coaches- the Moroccan equivalent of our National Express. The cost of the coach was reasonable as it was 120 Dirham return . The coaches are fairly comfortable and have air conditioning. The journey itself was interesting as we drove through the desert to get to the coast and it also included a stop at a Moroccan style service station! The only thing you have to watch for is the driver's speed sometimes!The first thing we did when we arrived was wander through the white washed buildings of the Medina. It is a lot newer than the medieval streets of Marrakesh. I actually prefer Essaouira's old town to Marrakesh's one. I think this is because I feel a lot safer and we got a lot less hassle in Essaouira. even though I was only wearing a knee length dress and cardigan. I enjoyed watching kids playing oblivious to us rather than trying to be ammeter unwanted tour guides. Due to this we felt safer wandering around even the narrowest of back streets, just browsing in the shops and negotiating the narrow alleyways and watching craftsmen making their products. I did plenty of window shopping looking at bags, metal work, raffia work and lovely woodwork made from cedar wood.I found Essaouira to be a very bohemian artistic town. Everywhere you turned there were little art galleries, which were free to wander round. I enjoyed watching the artists in residence working hard on their latest masterpiece whilst admiring their previous works. Again it was nice to be able to browse without any hassle .Essaouira is cosmopolitan and a small Jewish community harboured there during the Second World War. This community has dwindled down to a handful of families but there are reminders of them including some signs in Hebrew and a small active Synagogue. It is difficult to find, as it is hidden away in a little alleyway in the area of the town furthest away from the port and beach. I would advise you to arrange a viewing if you are are especially interested in seeing the synagogue but there is a telephone number to ring if you turn up on the day. I will always remember the gentleman who phoned the lady who is responsible for the synagogue. He was a lovely gentleman who would not accept a single Dirum for the phone call he made on our behalf. This was refreshing in a country where everyone seemed to expect payment for every single service or gesture undertaken, The synagogue is small and perhaps not as historic as the one in the Mellah district of Marrakesh but is an interesting place to go if you do have a couple of days in Essaouira or have a particular interest in Judaism. We paid 20 dirum to cover the lady's expenses as she came specially to open the synagogue for us, plus we left a donation for the upkeep of the synagogue. Lets leave the narrow alleyway of the Medina and head towards the port of Essaouira. Hungry? There's a number of restaurants and cafes selling freshly caught fish. There's a lovely square where stall holders vie for passers by attention to eat their freshly caught, freshly cooked fish. I was tempted by these little stall and cafes but in the end we went to a slightly bigger restaurant round a square just outside of the Medina. This was a lovely restaurant where I ate a huge plate of grilled shrimps. Beware though, as the one thing that marred our trip to Essaouira was the restaurant overcharging us somehow!Look out for the juices in Morocco as there are many interesting unusual ones such as avocado juice (sounds weird but it is nice in a creamy buttery way) alongside banana, almond, date and fig juice. We found a nice little cafe that did a great range of very good value fresh juices alongside nice looking cakes. Feeling satisfied we headed down to the port area of Essaouira. It was nice to see the fishing boats complete with nets and locals sitting in the sun making and repairing nets. It was nice to be in a working port rather than just a tourist town with no substance. The main place to visit in Essaouira is the citadel and town walls. These are fairly cheap to visit costing only 20 Dirham(just over a pound). Like most attractions in Morocco they close for lunch and reopen about 2 clockish or whenever the custodian feels ready to come back from lunch. The citadel is very basic an there is not that much to see there apart from a tower and various ramparts. However it is a must to climb to get glorious views over the town and out to sea. Last but certainly not least is the beach. This is a wide stretch of soft, silky sand with the Atlantic Ocean rolling over it crashing at our feet. Swimming may have been an option in the summer months but it was a wee bit chilly to dive in on that fine November day we visited. Instead we had to do with an invigorating paddle, as we strolled across the beach. The sunset was a fine one that day. I remember the lovely pink streaked sky as twilight approached. At this point a slightly different side to Essaouira emerged harking back to its hippy days as as a sixties hot spot, Rastas and new agers came out to play, as we were offered cookies . At that point we headed back to the coach and back to the noise, hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. I liked Essaouira a lot. However I can not imagine staying there for a week, as there was not that much to do. I think we covered most of the main attraction in the seven hours we were there. It might be good if I was looking for a relaxing beach holiday in the summer. It would also be great for a weekend break or perhaps a two centre holiday split between Marrakesh and Essaouira It is fairly unspoiled but there are a number of hotel and riads along the seafront. Close
Written by dangaroo on 13 Jan, 2009
During my 3 week trip in Morocco this January, I spent 5 days in Essaouira. I've read the other review of Essaouira and it's a very good one but I have a slightly different perspective of it. It's probably worth reading both reviews.Having spent a…Read More
During my 3 week trip in Morocco this January, I spent 5 days in Essaouira. I've read the other review of Essaouira and it's a very good one but I have a slightly different perspective of it. It's probably worth reading both reviews.Having spent a couple of days in Marrakech, my fiance and I took the bus to Essaouira, the bus journey was fun - a standard bus rather than the more expensive coach, it took one hour longer and the bus stops whenever and where ever to make sure the bus is never not completely full! The ticket boy, jumps on and off whilst smoking a cigarette and opening the luggage compartment for people to put all kinds of things in (including live chickens). The bus driver often drives off, leaving him to run and jump on to the back of the bus with the door flying open. This is all part of the fun. We were there in January, so if you are there in the summer.. you may benefit from the air conditioning on the more expensive buses or perhaps an open window in a Cinq Plus (Grand Taxi).The journey itself starts off with an arid landscape and then drives through various fields of fruit trees before stopping for almost 30 minutes in a crap hole of a town where plenty of beggars and street vendors come on the bus with their patter. Nothing to be alamred at, just an every day happening on the bus.When we got off at the bus station, various touts tried to convince us to follow them, I just ignored them but another chap called Steve felt a bit worried by it all and asked if he could tag along with us. I'd planned to stay at the Hotel Smara and had worked everything out on the map before and more or less knew where I was going. We eventually lost the hustlers and found it quite quickly. The Hotel Smara is a budget hotel with a nice atmosphere and a great terrace right by the sea. For 9 euros, you have a single or about 12 for a double.Never tell a Moroccan where you are going, or if you do - tell them you have a reservation because they will always try to convince you it's full or horrible and that they know a better place.Essaouira was a Portuguese colonial port town and has been left with some great architecture. The atmosphere is much more laid back than anywhere we visited in Morocco, nobody really bothers you and you are free to do what you want. It's popular amongst many a hippy, including Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in their day. Daytrippers come up from Agadir but overtime you'll feel the peace of this place. The town has some great architecture, a superb mixture of European and Arabic. The spicy smell of Morocco is blended in with the smell of the sea in a town which consists of the much maligned Mellah (poor Arabic part which is really run down) and the great buildings of the European colonisers.The beach is in a wonderful crescent and was fairly quiet when we were there, apart from little girls selling jewellery and men walking around with trays of cookies including the well known happy cookies, there is very little to bother you. Towards the townside, groups of young lads play football and at the other end ( a few km away), men offer camel rides.The fishmarket is a great place to see and if you want choose fresh fish, it can then be grilled for a little more. Also nearby there are about 20 stands with their own wide choice of fish, they cook it and can serve it up with bread, salad and a drink for between 30 and 70 Dirhams depending on the fish in question. It's always worth bartering.We spent several days there and could easily have spent longer, it's one of the few places in Morocco where you can buy alcohol from several shops with ease and relatively cheapily. We would generally have a Moroccan breakfast at a nice cafe in the morning, then head back for a shower (often lukewarm), spend time on the beach or sunbathing on the beautiful fort and then head to the alcohol shop for some beers and some wine. Drink the beer whilst reading or talking on the terrace, go out to one of the many brilliant and cheap restaurants, often with others that we had met on the terrace and then return and drink the wine on the terrace with an international crowd until the early hours of the morning.It's a great place to ease in to Morocco and it's a truly great way to spend your January. Close
Written by linet on 28 Aug, 2004
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…Read More
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 there, posing for my pictures, teaching how to process the nut.
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.
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…Read More
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 well as European style patisseries.
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.