Essaouira is a fascinating and historic port city in the middle of Morocco’s Atlantic coastline. Called Mogador until the 1960s, this city was fortified with seafront ramparts and brass cannons in the 18th century. These served to protect the old walled city, or medina. Head to the top of the old city walls for great views.
Beyond the city walls is an expansive crescent of golden sand stretching along the town and down the coast. Essaouira beach tends to be a little on the windy which is great news for kite-surfers and windsurfers, but not so good if you just want to throw down a towel and soak up the sun. Rather than sunbathing the main activity on Essaouira’s stretch of sand tends to be strolling with locals treating the beach like a park. There are food stalls up and down the beach.
The town is one of the most laid back and cosmopolitan on the Moroccan coast with a reputation for being somehwat Bohemian. Over the years it has attracted a sizeable community of artists from all backgrounds.
When you visit the port, the Essaouira Citadel, you will find many blue fishing boats made of eucalyptus and teak wood. This is a great spot for photos. Finally, you will want to wander through the medina. It has colorful corridors and doors, and the handmade items along the streets. You will find all kinds of handmade rugs, ceramic bowls, and more in bright colors.
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