Essaouira also known by the old Portuguese name of Mogador, the city of Essaouira is located on the western Atlantic coast, facing the small Purpureas or Mogador islands, beaten by the constant north winds also called Alisios. Its medina or historic center was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. Its magnificent beaches attract many tourists, who seek besides the sun, adventure sports related to wind Surf, Windsurf and South Kite
Gnaoua Music Festival in Essaouira
The Gnaoua Festival and Word Music Festival in Essaouira is an innovative party in the world: the festival aims to develop a decidedly Moroccan project of authenticity and modernity in Morocco. The Gnaoua festival also carries a universal message, based on peace and the union of cultures.
Do not forget the beaches of the wide city, fine sand overlooking the bay, where we can practice sports such as Winsurfing, walking in the typical dromedaries, or sailing in a small tourist boat, surrounding the island of Mogador.
The purple islands are home to an ornithological reserve populated with seagulls and eleonora falcons, in the first century the Romans installed a purple factory, the ruins of a large prison from the late nineteenth century remain
To the south of the city are the beaches of Duiabat, Cabo Sim with large dunes and Sidi Kaouki next to a Tuyas forest.
The Medina of Essaouira
If you arrive by car you will have to park in Bab Sebaa, end of the promenade, Bab Marrakech, or near the port, in the medina you cannot drive with vehicles. The medina is an unavoidable visit, in fact it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
White and blue, invites you to stroll and discover inside the walls of the 18th century, the carved doors and windows with delicate architectural details. Surrounded by walls Located next to the small port, it is surrounded by walls with three main doors to the north bab Dukala, to the east, Bab Marrakech, next to the Bab sebaa seafront. In front of the port the fortress or Skala of the port with two defensive towers. On the face of the sea, the fortress of the town’s Skala stands out, surrounded by artillery walls, inside which are the best wood craftsmen in the country.
The streets are wide straight, very well laid out, similar to a European city. If you come from the port, enter through the Marina’s door, being able to climb the tower of the port’s Skala with magnificent views of the sea and the city.
Inside, the Mulay el Hassan square stands out, surrounded by cafés and terraces where you can enjoy the atmosphere at sunset, the Great Mosque, Siaguin Street, where the silver goldsmiths work, and the Bab el Sebaa and Chez Chaoni squares , where is the famous cafe L’Horloge, place of performance of street musicians. Among the streets we highlight the one of Mohamed ben Abdala, commercial with numerous stores, ends in the Mellah.