Travelling Along the Atlantic Coastline of Morocco.
by Sandra Jordan
Essaouira is a beautiful town set on the Atlantic coastline, approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from Marrakech. Many people come here from Marrakech on a day trip but it’s really worth staying for a bit longer.
I was lucky enough to spend 2 months here in late 2012 volunteering on a project teaching disadvantaged teenagers photography. It’s a very relaxing town and I loved my time here.
The Medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town. Lots of streets and alleyways, lots and lots of cats and lots of great shops to distract you - you’ll be hassled much less here than in the Medina of Marrakech although still very much ‘encouraged’ to shop!
The busy port, one of the major fishing harbours of Morocco, is extremely photogenic. Unless it’s a national holiday, it’s busy here all the time - boats coming and going, fishermen sorting out their catches, women selling fish, boats being built, nets being mended and many cats waiting for fishy scraps.
A beautiful Medina, an extremely photogenic port, a town with a laid-back attitude, very friendly locals and some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen, Essaouira definitely comes recommended by me.
If you do get to go there, go and have a lovely coffee or a mint tea at the ‘hole in the wall’ Café Bashir in the corner of Place Moulay Hassan just in front of the port, and do please say hi to Bashir from me.
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