Let’s explore Essaouira – the small, blue-white fishing town on the Atlantic Ocean! Experience the laid-back Morocco between crabs, surfers, carpets and blue-washed streets. The small, blue-white fishing town of Essaouira on the Atlantic Ocean is no longer a secret – and yet one of the most beautiful places in Morocco and rightly very, very popular.
Explore Essaouira and its pretty medina:
Essaouira impresses with its picturesque, small medina full of shops and cafes. You will not find junk here, but spices, traditional crafts, leather goods, surfboards and beautiful textiles. The range looks high-quality, stylish and exquisite – the perfect place to stroll!
Also the port Essaouira’s is something very special and absolutely worth seeing! A place full of puddles, blood, fish scales and seagull poop – an absolutely authentic, atmospheric, fascinating place!
Here you can watch the fishermen at work. Nets are mended, wooden boats repaired, unloaded trawler and sold the catch of the day. Undisturbed you can stroll through the harbor, take pictures and try fresh oysters.
In general, the town seems much more relaxed, somehow more informal, than the famous imperial cities of Marrakech and Fez. If you walk through the narrow streets of the medina you can really feel this very special vibe. A mix of tanned surfers, relaxed locals, artists, hippies and European emigrants. Today, the town is a beautiful, relaxed hideout on the Atlantic and should not be missing in any Morocco trip.
– Astonishingly, around 77,000 people live in Essaouira
– The city is referred to as the „wind city of Africa„. Strong winds are blowing all year round – the (kite) surfers are happy – the sunbathers on the beach are less likely 🙂
– The imposing fortification around the medina dates back to the 18th century. The city was previously an important hub for trade between Europe and Timbuktu.
– Orson Wells‘ Othello was filmed here
– Jimi Hendrix is supposed to have lived here once – whether clever marketing strategie or not, Essaouira still sprays Hippievibes!
At the edge of the medina, there are several paid, guarded parking lots.