Riad Chems Bleu

Rue d'Agadir 14 - impasse Moulay Azzouz, Medina, Essaouira, 44000, Morocco
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Travel Tips for Essaouira



As most of the sharks that are found in Moroccan waters, this small shark has not a large mouth and therefore, should not be a hazard for swimmers. Nevertheless, I prefer to meet it on a quay than in the sea.


by suvanki about All over Essaouira

Essaouira attracts artists from around the world, either those who've decided to settle here, permanantly, or for a few months, or holidaymakers, who like to dabble.
Many of the shops in Essaouira sell the paintings/ drawings, or you can buy from the artists 'in situ'
If you don't want to haggle, try one of the government run co - operatives.

The Association Tilal des Arts Plastiques (Rue de Caire) features new artists. This is run by Hamid Boutali, who's famous for his satirical cartoon post cards, which can be spotted around Essaouira.

Also check out the old style travel posters depicting Morocco. Street Scenes /costumed people in oils, water colours

Hamid Boutali cartoons

Travel posters (I paid 100dh- but I didn't haggle- you can probably buy for 50 - 75 dh) From very cheap (post cards) to more expensive (large original oil paintings)

Depends on size of painting and your haggling skills!

The fortifications of Essaouira

by desert_princess

Essaouira and its forified walls, a city of artisans and "thiua" wood carvers in particular.From what I know thuia wood is taken from the rots of a tree and not from the shaft. It has a very specific structure - not stripes or circles,but points.....they make jewellry boxes,tables ,wooden statues and various other objects....What I remember is the specific sweet smell in the craftsman stores... try tea tree ethertic oil to get an idea....

Listen to Gnaoua

by pabertra

Gnaoua music is everywhere in Morocco and is a nice blend of African drumbeats, a call and response pattern of singing, and some type of guitar like instrument. I found the Moroccan beats absolutely enchanting . Definitely take the time to interact with some musicians, as they will have you in the middle of a crowd of people dancing around and making memories you will have for a lifetime!

Hotel Riad Al Medina

by suvanki

Ok, I didn't stop here, (so that's why I've not put it in Hotels section!)

This 18th Century Riads claim to fame is that Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa, Leonard Cohen etc. have stayed here. (presumably not all at the same time!)

The locals call this the Jimi Hendrix hotel!

Our guide pointed this place out to us, and we had a quick peep into the reception and courtyard. The central courtyard was quite impressive, with fountains and greenery.

According to Lonely Planet (6th edition Feb 2003) B&B singles/doubles 432dh/664 dh and there's a royal suite 2364 dh!

This visit, our guide had booked here for our evening meal!!!
We ate downstairs, apparently there is a roof terrace too.
Alcohol is served.
Please see my restaurant tips for more details


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