Morocco is a very popular travel destination. From Marakkesh to Casablanca, tourists have been visiting many different cities of the beautiful country. Morocco has an authentic charm and is also the perfect balance between traditional and modern. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it there. This article in particular wants to shed a light on the small but magical city of Essaouira.
Breezy surfer city
The town’s name ‘Essaouira’ means ‘little picture’ in Arabic. The city is bright and breezy as it is located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. It is an artists dream location because of its vibrant colorful medina surrounded by a wall, its beautiful beach, and the authentic little fisher boats at the port.
The town is known as the ‘Wind City of Africa’, therefore it attracts plenty of windsurfers between April and November. It is a good match for people who want to practice their surfer skills. It is also the perfect place for the true lovers of fishing. In terms of food it means that you will be able to eat some of the freshest fish you’ve ever eaten. The majority of visitors come here in spring and autumn to wander through the beautiful food markets and the lanes around the port. It is the perfect destination for people who are looking for a calm but inspiring place away from the fuss and rush of Marakesh or Agadir.
The beautiful medina
Unlike other big city Medina’s, the energetic medina of Essaouira is much easier to wander through than you would imagine. There is a northern gate named Bab Doukkala, who is linked by little streets leading to the main square Place Moulay Hassan by the waterfront.
The Souks (markets) are also a little less intense than in the big cities thanks to Essaouira’s laid back attitude. That means you can shop without being in a rush to leave the crowded place. While wandering through the alleys, a fresh smell of mint leaves accompanies you during your walk. The city seems to have a hippy atmosphere to it as the Medina is full off small galleries and art shops. That means finding a souvenir won’t be a hard task.
Skala de la Ville
Below the square tower of the port of Essaouira lies the romantic walkway Skala, it is a long platform where you can find a dozen bronze cannons facing the sea. It dates back to the days when the city was known as Mogador and the Portuguese king, D. Manuel I, ordered a fortress to be built there. The beautiful ramparts of Essaouira were used as a location in a lot of movies such as Othello and even Game of Thrones. The skala offers an excellent view of the small fishing port, nestled at the foot of the fortifications. It is the perfect location to end a busy day watching the sunset over the Atlantic ocean.