Essaouira attractions

Top Choice Area in Essaouira

Essaouira Medina

Essaouira’s walled medina dates from the late 18th century and was added to Unesco’s World Heritage list in 2001. It is an outstanding and well-preserved example of European military architecture in North Africa. Fo…
Beach in Essaouira

Essaouira Beach

Essaouira’s wide, sandy beach is a great place for walking, but swimming and sunbathing can be difficult when the winds are strong. If you do swim, stick to the town stretch as the north beach (aka Plage de Safi) ha…
Port in Essaouira


Essaouira's large working port is noisy, pungent and hugely atmospheric. Along with the flurry of boats arriving and departing, nets being repaired and the day’s catch being landed, you can see traditional wooden bo…
Island in Essaouira

Île de Mogador

Just off the coast to the southwest is 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 antiquity.…
Fortress in Essaouira

Skala du Port

Down by the harbour, this bastion offers 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 the same evoca…
Museum in Essaouira

Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Museum

Housed in an old riad, this somewhat fusty museum has a small collection of jewellery, costumes, embroidery, woodcarving and weapons from the region. Its collection of ritual and musical instruments is particularly …
Fort in Essaouira

Skala de la Ville

Closed for restoration on our last visit, this bastion is part of the ramparts that protect the medina from the crashing Atlantic waves. The town's main woodworking souq is on the narrow street underneath.
Landmark in Essaouira

Mosque Sidi Ahmed ou Mohammed

This 18th-century building near Place Moulay Hassan has an important library (closed to visitors) containing some manuscripts donated by Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah.
Landmark in Essaouira

Fish Auction

Daily auctions of fresh fish take place in the market hall just outside the port gates.
Market in Essaouira

Fish Souq

Fresh fish is available here, but is better purchased down at the port.