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Discover A Little Paradise On Earth, Essaouira

The city of Essaouira has strong touristic attracions, thanks in particular to its natural, historical and cultural assets and has thus become a major tourist destination. Its medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islet of Mogador, its port dating from the 18th century, and its beaches, which allow the practice of water sports, make the province a quality tourist destination. Located on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a fishing-port city on the Atlantic coast with a population of about 78,000. The city is 173 km north of Agadir, 174 km west of Marrakech, and 316 km south of El Jadida.

 

  • The Ramparts Of Essaouira :


The ramparts of Essaouira are an important part of the history of Essaouira, a Moroccan maritime city. A port was also built and, known as Mogador, it became a key trading post for the Portuguese. The ramparts made it possible to repel the successive attacks on the city by the Spanish, English, Dutch and French. From the top of the ramparts of Essaouira, there is the opportunity to admire an exceptional view of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the port and the medina of the city.

 

  • The Medina Of Essaouira :


You can't miss the liveliest square in the city with all its cafes and shops which is Moulay Abdellah Square. After that, don't hesitate to take the small streets leading off it. Do it at random, according to your desires. You will see that each stone contains secrets that you will enjoy deciphering. A medina in the shape of a Maltese cross, this is really superb !

 

  • Aquatic Activities :


Essaouira is also famous for its beaches which are ideal for surfing. This city is also called the "Windy City" so it is perfect for windsurfers and surfers to fully enjoy their activity. Restaurants in the city serve Moroccan culinary specialties such as local couscous and tagine.

 

  • The  Fishing Port Of Essaouira :


This is one of the most lively and animated places in the area. A large part of the local economy revolves around fishing. It's a big moment when the boats come back to port. The fish is sold at auction and the show really deserves a detour. It is possible to buy or eat fresh fish on the spot.

 

  • Damgaard Art Gallery :


A large blue portal, a few steps and an opportunity to view the quintessence of Souiri art. The Damgaard Gallery has, since 1988, exhibited works of the painters and sculptors of Essaouira, unique artists at the crossroads of Popular Art as well as being at the crossroads of Arab, Berber and African cultures.

 

  • The Souks :


A subtle mix of genres allows us to see the traditional fabric maker, the very new wave jewellery designer, the carpet salesman and the confidential and discreet painter sitting quietly in his gallery. All the traditional crafts are represented in the souk and the products sold are often cheaper and of better quality than in the big cities, especially fabrics, woodwork and even carpets.

 

  • The Skala Of The Kasbah :


This is a small path that is taken to get to the old town. It's a narrow street, which gives an illusion of magic. It is important to know that the fortifications to be seen at this level were intended to protect the city in the past from attacks from the sea. This memory from another time will take you on a journey into another century !

 

  • Sidi Kaouki Beach :


The immense beach of Sidi Kaouki, a surf and windsurf spot located 25km south of Essaouira in the direction of Agadir, offers an ideal opportunity to discover the wild coast and the road of camel caravans. Its marabout, the natural site itself, its tiny restaurants, its inns with their sea view and its traditional charm make it a very beautiful stopover by the sea. It’s a small corner of paradise on earth of tranquillity and nature, of argan trees and olive trees.


L'Oued Sidi Mbarek :


After a well-deserved break during which you can picnic or refresh yourself under the freshwater cascades, we encourage you to go up the course of the river. You might then meet the women of the village who come to do their laundry with their families or friends. Going back up towards the village, you can also follow a path which starts on the right hand side of the waterfalls.
As you walk along it, you will have the opportunity to cross fields of crops and also to discover some surprising farms which are irrigated by an ingenious system of canals fed by the source located above.

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