Are you planning a trip to Morocco? Check out Essaouira with our guide, Laura! Relax to the sounds of Atlantic ocean waves and Berber percussions. This charming resort, only 2 and a half hours from Marrakech, is the ideal spot to escape crowded cities and enjoy the warm, temperate climate.
Eager to follow Laura’s adventure? Watch her eDreams Travel Guide to discover the must-see places in Essouira!
Food and Drinks: the fish market
Essaouira is a paradise for all fish and seafood lovers. Enter the medina and follow the salty scent to find the fish stalls and that day’s fishing haul. Did you pick one? Let’s go to one of the restaurants under the arcades to cook your fish and savor it!
After your meal, wander in the spices souk and discover local Essaouira handcrafts. This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and drink tasty mint tea.
Cool places: Essaouira ramparts
You’ll find the historical centre in the heart of Essaouira’s medina (old town), listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Once known as Mogador, from the Phoenician “Midgol” meaning “little fortress”, the ramparts are an absolute must-see while you’re staying in Essaouira.
The ramparts, inspired by the ones in the French town Saint-Malo, were built to defend the city that was once one of the main commercial harbors of the country. Take a stroll on the Scala to enjoy a breathtaking view over the port and the charming moored blue fishing boats.
Useful tips: land in Marrakech
How do you get to Essaouira? The easiest way is to land in Marrakech and to travel to Essaouira by bus (8€). It is also the best solution if you want to make a combined trip and visit both Marrakech and Essaouira. For even more freedom, rent a car!
Culture, music, and arts: Restaurant Café Des Arts
Essaouira is a vibrant city full of famous, unique places and activities to help you discover Moroccan culture. The Gnaoua festival, for example, is an unmissable summer musical event. Each year it gathers more than 300.000 spectators in the streets of the medina.
Listen to folk music in the restaurant Café Des Arts, visit an argan oil cooperative or discover Berber villages nearby, there are plenty of cultural activities in Essaouira all year long!
Thanks to our eDreams Travel Guide, you now know what to see in Essaouira! Don’t hesitate to share your Moroccan discoveries on Social Media with #eDreamsWorldWonders.