What to Do in Essaouira – A Laid-Back Seaside Town
Confession time. Essaouira was almost left out of our itinerary because it seemed so ordinary. If you are about to commit the same mistake – don’t! I could not be any happier we still shortened our time in Marrakech to visit this lovely seaside town.
Essaouira (meaning little picture in Arabic) is situated on the country’s Atlantic coast, just two hours away from the chaos of Marrakech. If you are searching for a place that has not yet been ruined by mass tourism, that is the one. Just go there soon, I am pretty sure a town as beautiful will not remain untouched.
TIP: Leave Essaouira for the end of your trip – you can thank me later.
We have only spent 24 hours in the Unesco Heritage listed fortified city, but as we were entering the Medina, I was already secretly planning my next trip.
1. Watch the sunset at Essaouira Ramparts
Do you remember the Game of Thrones scene, where Daenerys meets her loyal army of Unsullied for the first time?
The views you can catch along Essaouira’s ramparts, that date back to 18th century, will transport you to that scene.
2. Snack on pastries
3. Get lost in the Medina
TIP: If you are wondering for how long to stay in Essaouira, I would recommend anything from a day to a week.
4. Shop at the fish market
Harbour side fish market is one of the best ones. You can buy whatever fish or anything else you desire directly from the local fisherman and get it prepared just for you somewhere in the town. We bought ours at the main fish market in the medina and got it grilled at a small restaurant close by. It is unbelievably cheap and so, so tasty!
5. Learn to surf
Most importantly, just soak up the relaxing atmosphere and take it slowly.
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