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Arts & Crafts in Essaouira

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Mediterranean in Essaouira

La Table Madada

A long-established dinner favourite, deep-purple seating, warm stone arches and giant lampshades dominate this trendy restaurant that serves well-cooked and original Mediterranean and Moroccan dishes. The cooking sc…
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Riad Al-Baraka

Set in a former Jewish school, this hip place has several dining rooms and a bar set around a large courtyard shaded by a huge fig tree. The food is mainly Moroccan with some Middle Eastern and Jewish influences, th…
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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Elizir's unprepossessing entrance gives way to an Aladdin's cave of 1970s Arabic junkyard chic, packed with old vinyl records, prints and cool-kitsch decor. Mains are deliciously inventive – try chicken tajine with …
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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 …