I've noticed many enquiries on the Internet from desperately thirsty newcomers to Essaouira, trying to locate the local "bottle shop" to purchase a bottle of wine to accompany their dinner at their lodgings. Morocco being a muslim country means that in deference to local custom, the sale and supply of alcohol within the Medinas is forbidden...more
I recommend Riad Zahra because it is cheap (500 - 750 DH for the double beds room each night, that...more
I think that the big Acima supermarket on the outskirts of the town sells alcohol, but I think the only shop that sells it anywhere near the medina is down on Rue Cherif El Idrissi, one street back from the beach. It's very popular, and there was a constant stream of taxis dropping of thirsty tourists throughout the day.You can walk there easy...more
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This house is no longer officially lived in (I assume its the owner's 'carer' or guardian living in it while they live down at Agadir) nor is it open to the public but friends of friends did not mind at all showing me around their house with history - his father and grandfather had been local officials living here in this house - a huge place with at least 5000 square metres - providing rooms and accommodation for the required family and official guests and then many rooms to the back of the house for all the servants to keep the place running.
I thought the kitchen was impressive with a massive chimney and a number of grills in which tagines would be placed to cook on. Then they showed me the second kitchen!
Water is supplied or stored in an enormous cistern under the ground behind the house. There is the usual huge roof area but its surrounding walls are high and so there is minimal viewing available apart from a few slots around the walls.
But there are good views outside the house from its position on the hill above the town to look over the town and its centre.Related to:
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