Medina in Essaouira


Essaouira’s walled medina was added to Unesco’s World Heritage list in 2001. Its well-preserved, late-18th-century fortified layout is a prime example of European military architecture in North Africa. For the visit…
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Musée des Arts et Traditions de la Valleé du Drâa

Eight kilometres north of town, below a spectacular viewing point over the palmeraie follow, ‘Musée’ signs to a triple-storey mudbrick home that houses this fascinating desert-culture museum. In the tea salon, you’l…
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Museum of Photography & Visual Arts

Museum in Essaouira

Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum

Essaouira’s beautifully refurbished museum in an old riad has a small but interesting collection of jewellery, costumes, weapons, amazing musical instruments and carpets of the region. There’s a section explaining t…
Island in Essaouira

Île de Mogador

Just off the coast to the southwest is the Île de Mogador, which has some interesting structures. It's actually two islands and several tiny islets – also known as the famed Îles Purpuraires (Purple Isles) of antiqu…
Historic Building in Essaouira

Skala du Port

Down by the harbour, the Skala offers more cannons and picturesque views over the fishing port and the Île de Mogador. Looking back at the walled medina from here, through a curtain of swirling seagulls, you’ll get …
Fort in Essaouira

Skala de la Ville

Kasbah in Aït Benhaddou

Tamdaght Kasbah

A less retouched kasbah can be found 7km north along the tarmac from Aït Benhaddou: the Tamdaght kasbah, a crumbling Glaoui fortification topped by storks’ nests.
Mountain in Zagora

Jebel Zagora

This spectacular mountain rises over the Oued Drâa – worth climbing for the views, provided you have stamina, water and sunblock and set off in the early morning. The round trip to Jebel Zagora takes about three hou…
Mountain in Toubkal National Park

Jebel Toubkal