Marrakech to Essaouira
History of Essaouira
Essaouira a coastal town in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakesh-Safi, on the Atlantic Coast the name means “the little rampart”, a reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers.
Essaouira is known as ‘Tassort’, in the local Berber language, which means ‘the small fortress’. Away from all the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, it feels like your not in Morocco! In the 1960’s Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix were known to have chilled there, it’s not surprising that it’s known for its hippy vibe as its so laid back! With its lively cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries. There is also a prestigious Unesco World Heritage Site there.
You can see the Jewish, French, Portuguese, Berber, Dutch and French influences in the town. Essaouira is a melting pot of cultures. It was once a major international sea port which linked Morocco to Europe and the rest of the world.
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Best Things To Do In Essaouira
Essaouira is known as the ‘Wind City of Africa’ partly, which is great for surfers! Also great for kites! The winds come in off the Atlantic which means that the climate is nice all year round. If you book your tour with us, before entering Essaouira you will experience the breathtaking view of the entire city. A skyline of blue and white architecture as far as the eye can see. This experience will be followed by visiting the old harbour, which is known as ‘Mogador’. Conquered by the Romans and ruled by the Portuguese.
You can then explore the historic defensive ramparts, and wander the streets of the medina to see local artists selling their crafts. You will get an insight into how this old seaport city was armed against foreign threat.
As Essaouira is a coastal town, there are no guesses of what the main cuisine is here? You can enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, caught straight from the sea, you can eat with Morroccan or French bread.
To end your magical visit you can ride a camel along the beach!
Gnaoua World Music Festival
The annual Gnaoua world music festival takes place in Essaouira on the 21st-24th of June 2018. A music, arts and culture festival not to be missed, join in a true North African Extravaganza in a tranquil setting. The festival as you can imagine is vibrant, with North African sounds and traditions in the streets of Essaouira. Essaouira is a place where cultures meet, and in true Essaouira style, the Gnaoua World Music Festival is no different! Jazz, blues, contemporary funk and even soul is part of the festival.
Day Trip To Essaouira From Marrakech
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