Top things to do in Essaouira

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…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Essaouira

La Table by Madada

Style meets substance at Essaouira's best restaurant, which is housed in an old almond warehouse. The interior is an exhilarating and highly successful meld of traditional Moroccan and modern European, and the menu …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Essaouira


The menu at this tiny eatery near Place Moulay Hassan changes daily according to what's plentiful and good at the souqs, resulting in food that is fresh and full of flavour. Dishes have Mediterranean accents, but re…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Essaouira

Espace Othello

Fantastic private gallery selling work by established and up-and-coming artists.
Music in Essaouira

Gnaoua World Music Festival

Essaouira overflows every year for the celebrated Gnaoua World Music Festival, a four-day extravaganza with concerts staged at venues including the beach and Place Moulay Hassan.
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…
Moroccan in Essaouira

Restaurante Les Alizés

This popular place, run by a charming Moroccan couple in a 19th-century house, has delicious Moroccan dishes, particularly the couscous with fish and the tajine of boulettes de sardines (sardine balls). You’ll get a…
Italian in Essaouira

Pasta Baladin

Communal bar-style seating gets you friendly with your fellow diners at this cheery licensed restaurant. The menu is limited to pasta and choices are simple (10 sauces and five pasta types), but it's well cooked and…
Cafe in Essaouira

Pâtisserie La Bienvenue

Head to this small salon de thé (teahouse) to sample some of the best Moroccan pastries and French gateaux in town, accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea. The cornes de gazelle (cookies stuffed with almond paste and…