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Medina

Medina

Surrounded by dramatic, wave-lashed ramparts, the narrow streets, hassle-free souqs, street vendors and vibrant galleries of Essaouira's walled medina make it a wonderful place to stroll. Dating from the late...

Beach in Essaouira

Essaouira Beach

Essaouira Beach

Essaouira’s wide, sandy beach is great for walking and kitesurfing, but sunbathing and swimming can be difficult when the winds are strong. For swimming, stick to the town stretch, as Plage Safi to the north has...

Port in Essaouira

Port

Port

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

Art Studio in Essaouira

Souq Joutiya

Turn left outside the Bab Doukkala and around 15 minutes later you’ll reach the industrial quarter’s abandoned warehouses. Take a left past salvaged wooden doors and scrap metal and, before you reach the ocean,...

Market in Essaouira

Had Draa Souq

The Sunday market at Had Draa, 30km from Essaouira, is the largest in the region, where animals and produce have been traded for centuries. Early risers will be able to pick up anything from a long-lashed camel...

Fort in Essaouira

Skala de la Ville

Skala de la Ville

You might recognise the ramparts of the 18th-century Skala de la Ville. They, along with the hulking Bastion Nord, had a starring role in Game of Thrones as Astapor. In real life these ramparts protected the...

Farm in Essaouira

Bbio Organic Farm

This idyllic organic farm makes a perfect day out or a pit stop on your way to Marrakesh. Tours (bookings essential) are with the owner Khalid, who will share his ingenious farming methods. Afterwards enjoy a...

Winery in Essaouira

Domaine du Val d'Argan

In 1994 Charles Melia left Châteauneuf-du-Pape to create Morocco’s southernmost winery, 20km from Essaouira; since then it's grown from five to 50 hectares. After a vineyard tour (tastings from Dh50), lunch on...

Synagogue in Essaouira

Simon Attias Synagogue

Behind the imposing wooden door (there's no sign) lies a beautifully restored 19th-century synagogue, filled with the scent of fragrant cedar wood. In the rooms off the main patio is a fascinating exhibition...

Landmark in Essaouira

Fish Auction

Fish Auction

Head to the port in the afternoon when the sea-blue boats come in for the day and the fishermen auction off their catch. There's always some heated bartering back and forth, closely watched over by hordes of...

Island in Essaouira

Île de Mogador

Île de Mogador

Just off the coast lies the Île de Mogador, which is actually two islands and several tiny islets. They are also known as the famed Îles Purpuraires (Purple Isles) of antiquity: the Romans used the purple dye...

Fortress in Essaouira

Skala du Port

Skala du Port

This honey-coloured bastion looms over the picturesque harbour and its sea-blue fishing boats. Look back at the walled medina from here, through a curtain of screeching seagulls, and you’ll get the same evocative...

Market in Essaouira

Fish Souq

Fish Souq

Join the locals and street cats picking up their fresh fish at this small market. For a cheap lunch, buy half a dozen sardines, and for around Dh10 one of the neighbouring cafes will grill them for you and serve...

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 interesting.