L'Etoile de Mogador

El Ouaqaoui, Medina, Essaouira, 44000, Morocco
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Essaouira in August

by Jimena...

I´m getting to Essaouira on Monday with a friend but we dont know much about the place.We want to have a relaxing week but we would like to have some fun also..Do you think it would be possible in esaouira? or may be we would have to get somewhere else. Is there any possibilities of meeting people for example? Any nightlife at all? and we would also like to know about the beaches there and if there´s any place around we should go (another town or something) nearby...Thank you! We are 25 by the way...

Re: Essaouira in August

by laney6

the beach in essaouira is big. there will be lots of surfers there in your age group. i went with my daughter{who is thirty}on a day trip from marrakech and it was lovely. charlotte was able to have a camel ride on the sands. dont pay any more than £10.im not sure about the nightlife there but there are some lovely pavement cafes and i would imagine that that is part of the scene in the evenings.if you get a chance try and see marrakech for the day. you will be able to get the bus there for about£9, or have you been there before?
have a lovely holiday and dont forget your suncream{the sun is blistering!}.

Re: Essaouira in August

by suvanki

Hi! Essaouira has a lot to offer I'm sure You'll have a good time there. It's a working town, with a busy harbour and bazaar area. The beach attracts a windsurfing crowd.
It was a haven for hippies in the 70's attracting Jimmi Hendrix and the Rolling stones etc- So there's quite an arty feel.
Essaouira holds a Gnoa music festival in June, which is well known- I've visited Essaouira twice, although I've not visited the festival yet,each time I've heard Gnoa musicians playing in the squares etc.(This is a traditional style of music - which is quite hypnotic!)
There are plenty of bars and a few clubs to enjoy music and drinking.Lots of restaurants too,many with good seafood.
For a cheap meal try the fish grills near the harbour, or buy fish at the fish market/auction, then take it to be cooked on the grills - for a few dirhams, you'll have your fish cooked, and served with salad and fries.
Essaouira attracts lots of travellers, so You'll not have any problems meeting people from different countries, The local people are very friendly too- strike up a conversation, and see where it leads-

You don't say how long your visit is for or where else You're visiting - Marrakech is about 3 hours away.

Check out Vters pages on Essaouira for more info.
Have A Great Trip!
Sue

Re: Essaouira in August

by windcity

Taros is a good place for a night out, there is live music at the weekends. Drinks are a little expensive with cocktails starting at £4.50, Its a good place for a sundowner with views of the square, port & beach. Taros is in Moulay Hassan square. Have a good trip

Travel Tips for Essaouira

Fixing the nets

by JLBG

Fishermen are fixing their nets for next sailing. After each fishing session, they have to remove the algae and, more important, to mend any part of the net that might have been teared. The flags will allow knowing where the nets have been launched.

Lively old streets

by matcrazy1

The lively streets of Essaouira had a touch of not changing for years, at least in my opinion. It was absolutely interesting!

Essaouira seemed to be quite conservative city. Women were more veiled than in other cities like Tangier, Rabat or Casablanca. Be careful whenever you want to take pictures of women's faces. It's a sin for traditional Muslim females or they just don't like it.

Do It In Moroccan Style

by earthflyer

Here's a good tip if you're with a group and want to eat cheap.

Do your own shopping first.

Buy fresh meat from the Butcher on the street and vegtables take them to a small local Moroccan Restuarant and ask them to cook it for you and you will have an excellent meal.

For the 3 of us the meal cost no more than 100dirham and all 3 of us was stuffed to the rim afterwards.

Excellent.

Essaouira - the port

by desert_princess

Ports have this special atmosphere....they are gates to the water world....Fishing is a major industry, as the ocean provides all sorts of weird creatures - yellow sharks with dots, octopussses, tint fish, and many others that I dont know the names of....

Place Moulay Hassan

by suvanki

This square is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink or meal, it's also a good spot for people watching!

Although I wasn't there at night, I should imagine it's a popular spot for wining/dining.
At lunchtime, the squares cafes were starting to fill. Berber musicians were playing around the square, near the cafes. There are a few souvenir stands/kiosks in the square, and the roads leading off had a variety of craft shops

UPDATE
This visit, our hotel (Beau Rivage)was in this Square! My room overlooked it, so although it was noisy, I didn't find it too bad - The early morning call to prayer however, was probably the longest I've ever heard, and sounded strangely distorted too!

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