Île de Mogador

Island in Essaouira

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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. The uninhabited islands are a sanctuary for Eleonora's falcons, which can be easily seen through binoculars from Essaouira beach.