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Fishing catches, Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira

Essaouira holidays

Introduction

Essaouira is an old fortified town to the west of Marrakech, on Morocco's windswept Atlantic coast. The town's whitewashed walls and weathered blue wooden doors, the rustic ramparts of the Skala de la Villes - the city ramparts - and the beach stretching south of the town are some of its popular attractions.

Essaouria's walled medina is another highlight. This UNESCO World Heritage site features a collection of souks, quaint cafés, art galleries and excellent seafood restaurants - which serve fish as fresh as it comes, straight from the town's fishing fleet.

In past centuries, Essaouira was a centre for a busy foreign trade with Europe, but today the vibe is noticeably more relaxed. Windsurfing and surfing in Essaouira are popular activities, thanks to a steady wind and a surf break suitable for all standards of surfers. Boards can be hired on the beach to the south of the town.

Top itineraries in Essaouira

Imperial Cities of Morocco

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,970 pp incl. flights

There are many ways to describe Morocco - exotic, fascinating, frenetic, mysterious. Just a short hop from mainland Europe and the gateway to Africa, Morocco has been enticing travellers for centuries with a mixture of ancient cultures, spectacular landscapes and intoxicating cities.

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Top places to stay in Essaouira

Hotel Heure Bleue Palais, Essaouira

Small & intimate hotel

L'Heure Bleue Palais is a 19th century residence deserving of Essaouiras rich past. Exquisite furnishings pay tribute to its African, European and Arabic influences. There's a romantic leafy courtyard with Moroccan candlelamps, and when you feel like cooling down, pop up to the roof terrace.

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa

Contemporary resort

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa is an oasis of calm and tranquility set amidst 600 hectares of unspoilt landscape near the historic port town of Essaouira and just one mile from the beautiful beaches of Morocco's wild Atlantic Coast.

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