Essaouira Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Essaouira

  • 1. Sunday Market

    On choosing to do Had Daraa (market 30km from town) we (husband and I) strolled into the madina and headed to Bab Doukkala (north exit) in order to find a Grand Taxi to share. Taking the road to the...

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  • 2. The Portuguese Fortress

    Built as a few other in the beginning of the 16th century, this fortress, soon lost by the Portuguese, still dominates the city, as íts best monument and a good...

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  • 3. A Day in Sidi Kaouki.....

    A day trip to Sidi Kaouki ( pronounced "cow-kee") begins with a long wait for the number 2 Lima bus at Bab Doukkala, the journey is 15 kilometres and takes...

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  • 4. L'Horloge D'Essaouira

    Essaouira's main clock tower is a perfect landmark for navigating around the medina - if you need any help. The perfectly square, bright beige tower can be seen...

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  • 5. Place Moulay El Hassan

    Named after the Crown Prince of Morocco, or maybe Hasan I, Sultan of Morocco, or maybe, obscurely, Oscar Wilde on some maps, this is Essaouira's biggest square....

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  • 6. Mogador Island

    The isle of Mogador is the largest in a chain of rocky islets off the coast of Essaouira called Iles Purpuraires. The islands take their name from the purple...

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  • 7. Borj el Baroud

    The Castle in the Sand will soon be the rubble in the sea - rising tides are dragging its carcass down into the Atlantic's briny depths. It was once...

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  • 8. Skala du Port

    The port is guarded by a citadel that is more Mordor than Mogador. The defences plant a stone foot into the frothing waters to trip up enemy navies. The skala...

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  • 9. Skala de la Ville

    The main fortifications of Essaouira run along the sea front where the waves crash with the greatest ferocity - it's as much this huge Atlantic wash that the...

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  • 10. Sunsets

    Sitting on Africa's western seaboard, Essaouira is in prime position for glorious Atlantic sunsets. Everywhere you stand in the town there are breathtaking...

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  • 11. Beach Park for Kids

    Play parks are a rarity in Morocco so if you are a parent it's worth knowing where they are. In Essaouira there's a little privately maintained park halfway...

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  • 12. Borj Bab Marrakech

    This bastion forms part of the landward fortifications of the medina. Built in the 19th century it is a solid, low obstacle, but not in active use today as a...

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  • 13. Essaouira Port

    The port is a working place where photo opportunities are many, but tolerance of tourist snappers can be limited. I took my shots from the nearby Skala du Port....

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  • 14. The Beach

    Essaouira has several beaches, but the main one stretches south of the medina. It is an almost perfect beach. The sand forms a soft and yellow arc around the...

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  • 15. Camel Ride

    The southern part of the Essaouira's main beach rolls with sand dunes. It's easy to forget you are on a beach and be stolen away to the Sahara. It makes an...

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  • 16. Medina

    The name Essaouira means "the beautifully designed". This name replaced the original, Mogador, which you will see referenced often about the town. The name was...

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  • 17. Thuya bargains

    Wherever you go in Morocco, you may find all kind of handicrafts, generally without any mention of its origin and quality. Thuya carvings and inlaid works are...

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  • 18. A view over Essaouira

    Up on the hill on the road out of town towards Marrakech and north to Safi and El Jadida is a parking area with a viewpoint over Essaouira. The roads in each...

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  • 19. Wonderful Thuya Marquetry

    Thuya is a hardwood, with a lovely perfume, that grows abundantly in the Agadir and Essaouira region, and has been a source of prosperity for these regions....

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  • 20. Wonderful old doors and windows!

    With the mix of cultures and heritage in Essaouira theres a wonderfully interesting mix of architecture to be seen as you roam around the medina - such as...

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  • 21. Skala de la Ville

    Skala means sea bastion and two were built in Essaouira to protect the town - the Skala du Port in the south and the Skala de la Ville in the northwest.The...

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  • 22. Walled fortified town with interesting gates

    The 'old' walled medina of Essouira with its white houses and blue doors, narrow streets and ornately decorated arches is one of the cleanest and brightest...

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  • 23. Shopping in Essaouira

    Going into the markets to browse around just to see what is being sold and bought is an important part of my tourism. The amount, quality and variety of the...

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  • 24. Enjoy the View

    The best way to view and soak in the atmosphere of the sea, the harbour on one side and the Moulay Hassan Square on the other, the action on the fish wharf, the...

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  • 25. Essaouira outside the tourist area

    When visiting Essaouira, I always enjoy taking a walk to some of the places, not very well known by tourists, but where Moroccan people are living their...

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