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If you plan to do a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech like we did, then please allow some time to sit in the sidewalk cafe, have a refreshing drink and people watch overlooking the beach.
We enjoyed watching the seaside activities and footy on the beach whilst contemplating our wonderful day.
Written Dec 30, 2011
You can't miss seeing Scala Kasbah and the fortress walls and canons when visiting Essaouira. Sure, it's a tourist thing and crowds to go with it...but definately worth seeing.
The Scala Kasbah was built by the French and the canons were a mixture of Portugese, Spanish and Dutch. It certainly looks intimidating perched on top of the hill overlooking the rocky coastline. If I was the enemy back in the old days....I'd give this place a miss :o)
Written Dec 30, 2011
A must do in Essaouira - wander around the fishing port. Here you will see the locals bringing in their catch, nets, birds flying around, fresh fish smells and a hive of activity selling fresh fish etc.
Check out my travelogue for more.
Written Dec 30, 2011
Original arts and crafts.
Gallerie L’Arbre Bleu, Essaouira.
If you like to see some fine arts and crafts – a little different from what you find in the shops elsewhere in the madina – a visit in atelier ”L’Arbre Bleu” can be recommended.
It is located in a small calm street in the madina, Rue Chbanat, near Bab Marrakech – right next to “the small” Bab Marrakech, very easy to find.
The creative french artist Monique Favière runs here a fine atelier & tea-salon.
She exposes her own works: Paintings, sculptures and different kind of crafts. You can also find fine works of moroccan artists, and some artists from other countries, living and working in Essaouira.
Everything in a very fine quality, so there is a lot to look at for no matter what kind of taste you have got.
In the nice little tea-salon you can take a break and maybe a little chat with Monique.
After visiting L’Arbre Bleu” a walk along Rue Chbanat to Bab Doukkala can be recommended – here you ca still find some original “Essaouira-atmosphere” and some nice small workshops with different kinds of crafts.
L’Arbre Bleu: www.galerielarbrebleu.com
Updated Nov 8, 2011
Address: 233 Rue Chbanat, Essaouira
There are several hotels with pools in Essaouira, Top of the range is the Sofitel, Atlas Spa and Hotel des Isles. There is also an Ibis and Hotel ElJesira, there are others too. The beach is a wide curving bay with the port at one end and the dunes and village of Dibat at the other. There is an area that provide life guards but from what I have seen they are more interested in watching the girls rather than the bathers. Essaouira is famed for the wind which is perfect for kiting and surfing but not always ideal for sunbathing. Camel, Horse and dune buggy rides are available at the far end of the beach.
Written May 25, 2011
If you want to experience a place in Essaouira, where there is a great knowlegde of cultural subjects, you can visit Dar Souiri, located right inside Bab Sbaa.
The house has over the years done a great work for the benefit of Essaouira -- especially concerning the cultural life.
In Dar Souiri you will find for instance a beautiful library with a fine collection of books -- covering many subjects -- as for instance books about Moroccan art and culture, with wonderful photoes. It's a realy nice place to spend a couple of peaceful hours -- and Fatima, a nice young woman working there, speaks english.
There is also always an exhibition going on -- of art or of a subject, concerning everyone -- like cilmate/ pollution.
There are many other activities going on in the house - you have to go and see it - and enjoy the beauty of the house.
In Dar Souiri you can have very qualified information about Essaouira -- especially on cultural subjects.
For the future there are plans of making a café / study on the roof - it will be great, from there you kan see the whole bay of Essaouira and the madina as well.
Updated Jul 27, 2010
Address: Essaouira, near Bab Sbaa
I have been going to Essaouira for over 10 years now. I have made so many friends, it feels like going home :)
One thing i often notice when i'm chatting with a friend, is that many tourist fail to enter a street not knowing if it actually goes somewhere or if it is a dead end ... and there are many dead ends.
Download this free map and you will no longer hesitate. This Essaouira Map has all the streets names and is perfect to get around and position yourself within the Medina.
Updated Jul 5, 2010
A very interesting place to visit in Essaouira is the house of AFBK - Association Feminine de Bienfaisance el Khier.
It is an organisatation providing help for women and children with social difficulties -- for instance left alone without husband or family.
AFBK has started a production of patisserie (moroccan cakes) - to create work for some of these women - and has also a small shop in the Madina, selling for instance craft made by the women.
In AFBK's house you can have a very fine course in making patisserie or in Moroccan cooking -- and if you are interested learn a little about the work of the organisatation.
Among other things AFBK has courses in French, English and Arabic.
It is very interesting to visit the house - located in Rue Regraga, near Avenue Al Masira, near Cinema RIF. Avenue Al Masira is one of the streets outside Bab Doukkala.
When you are there -- take your time to enjoy life in Ave Al Massira and the streets in the neigbourhood - take a cup of tea or coffee in on of the many small cafees - it's real Moroccan life here!
Updated Jun 5, 2010
Address: Essaouira, Rue Regraga, Avenue Al Massira
In Essaouira you will find a very nice market for carfts -- Ensemble Artistanal. It is located right inside Bab Marrakech to the left.
In the market there is a beautiful square and surrounding this workshops with different kinds of craft: Bijouterie, wowen tissues, wood-works - and others. The things you can buy is of fine quality, and the prices are reasonable.
At the same time, you can be sure, that the the crafts are not produced using childrens labour.
In the workshops you can see how the things are made, the people working there like to tell about their work.
Written May 31, 2010
Address: Near Bab Marrakech, Essaouira
I often come to Essaouira, and one of the first things I just have to do every time is taking a walk in the fishing harbour.
In the afternoon, when the boats are returning from sea, It's a fantastic place to walk --- a lot of things are going on. Here you have a sight of some "true Moroccan life" -- meaning you can see, how hard people have to work here to make a modest living. But still -- the working people here have energy left to be friendly and say hello to a stranger passing by. This friendly attitude to strangers always impresses me.
Just be aware not to be in the way for the work that has to be done - and remember, that not everyone likes to have their picture taken, ask for permission -- and respect it if someone says no!
In the harbour there are a couple of fine restaurants -- of cause offering dishes with fish.
You also have the possibility of taking a tour with a boat along the coast to the south and around the islands in the sea nearby Essaouira.
Written Jan 29, 2010
Address: Harbour of Essaouira
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