The name of the town is pronounced as “Ess-a-wai-ra”. That means a little picture in Arabic. An apt meaning is given to this town as it looks like a postcard picture. It’s a perfect destination for a painter as he would immerse himself with this paradise land filled with blue and white. Essaouira is a quieter cousin of his relative noisy other towns. Nestled on the Atlantic Coast it is filled with peace and calm.
Essaouira – Time to visit
Being a seaside town it never gets very heated up. There is no rainfall from March to October so this could be a good time too. But in June due to Gnaoua – the music festival it can get quite crowded. June is a good time if you are a music fanatic. July, August, and September Marrakech and other cities are very hot but Essaouira is nice and fresh with the sea, so can enjoy it.
The air, the scenery, the style of the place itself is the major of Essaouira attraction. Quite and peaceful. Shopping is quite here too unlike Fes. No cars around the medina, that make it a quiet place for you to wander and it is kept very clean. You can find yourself moving around the souqs that mean bazaars very easily. The bazaar is really small here and you can do it with your friends.
Essaouira – Ramparts and Ports
Impressive history is told with the ramparts of this city. Take a stroll with a guide or even without one to feel the ancient bricks tell their own story. Fishing boats make the port really busy. The Saturday auction is a must catch in the afternoon if you are by the bay as fishermen haggle their prices with restaurant owners.
Essaouira – Food
With all the catch you have just witnessed, seafood is one of the best you need to try here. Of course, the traditional delicacies exist like Tagine and Zaalouk. Some of the best restaurants here are Zahra’s Grill, Restaurant de Coeur, La Mouette et Les Dromadaires Beaches.
The water is very cold it is not ideal for swimming. The cold winds do not make it apt for sunbathing too. But if you are a surfer then get your boards out. And do the twist atop the white rafts. The unending beaches which run for 10 kilometers at a stretch can bring you solace from a hectic lifestyle.
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