Essaouira Travel Guide


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    Tourists continue to flock to Essaouira (pronounced as esa-wera) because of its beautiful beaches and the fascinating foundouks or artisanal workshops that make brightly colored blankets made of woven wool as well as marquetry furniture showing high-quality craftsmanship. Simply put, this quaint li...

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  • Riad l'Ayel d'Essaouira

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  • Dar Liouba

    Dar Liouba is among the top, premium places to lodge in Essaouira. Nicely positioned around Relaxation Marocaine, Massage Naturel et Calme and Boutique de Commerce Solida...

  • Dar Ness

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About Essaouira

Tourists continue to flock to Essaouira (pronounced as esa-wera) because of its beautiful beaches and the fascinating foundouks or artisanal workshops that make brightly colored blankets made of woven wool as well as marquetry furniture showing high-quality craftsmanship. Simply put, this quaint little town with a major seaport offers a lot of attractions and diversions for every traveler.

Must-See Attractions

Also known as the Windy City, Essaouira's public and commercial buildings, historic sites, town houses, and grand villas display traditional Mediterranean architecture heavily influenced by Roman, Berber, French and Portuguese artistry. Start with the Kasbah Mosque, which is famous for its white minaret that has a green earthenware tile mosaic near the top. Next, visit the centuries-old Jewish quarters known as the Mellah where the labyrinthine streets are filled with sellers of traditional garment and jewelry, tapestries, fruits and vegetables, spices and many more. The same scene plays through the markets of the medina as well.

Near the entrance gates, listen to the storytellers and street musicians in Bab Doukkala square where a nearby bus station was converted into a gallery for local artists. Check out the Skalahs of the Kasbah and the Port where marquetry artisans make all kinds of furniture from the fragrant-smelling Thuja wood. Pay your respects at the European-style cemetery, which is just outside the walls. Meanwhile, take a short tour of the Ben Abdellah Ethnographic Museum to see exquisite tapestries and tribal handicrafts, the North Bastion with its majestic view of the city, and the Marine Door for a bird's eye view of the Atlantic ocean and the Crimson Islands.

Things To Do

This town mainly offers windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing and bodyboarding to tourists. Some visitors do a pilgrimage to the Marabout of Sidi Kaouki, a Moroccan saint who has healed many infertile women in the past. For the authentic Moroccan experience, visit a popular hammam or spa and pamper yourself. Then, have fun with trekking, biking, camel or horse riding, and more. Other suggested activities include purchasing a bottle of cosmetic or culinary argan, which is grown, harvested and processed in the Souss valley; ordering a bottle of fine wine from the only vineyard in Morocco, which is just 30 minutesaway from Essaouira; and savoring the exotic taste of couscous in one of the local bistros or restaurants.

Annual Events

The Festival Gnaoua y Musicas del Mundo of Essaouira is a major event held every June that musicians and artists from all over the world look forward to attending. It combines the ritualistic practices of the Gnaoua people with music and dance. Musical instruments used inthis event include the rattle, congos, three-string drum, and lau'd.

Basic Visitor Info

The whole town can be explored on foot and it's only two and a half hours away from the international airport in Marrakesh. Visas aren't required for most visitors; just present your green card, passport, car insurance, and gray letter or permiso de circulacion.

Essaouira is small compared to Marrakesh, Fes or Casablanca, but its beauty is as comparable and timeless as the rest of the country's regions. The past has left its mark on the little town and this added to its appeal as a tourist destination. Visitors are sure to bring their memories of the Windy City wherever they go.

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