Essaouria has succeeded in mixing French influences with Moroccan traditions and culture and the result is an international ambiance. Dating back 3000 years, this fortified fishing village has played a very important role throughout Moroccan history, at one point controlled by the Portugese, then the French before control was returned to the Kingdom of Morocco in 1956. Narrow and curving passageways make up the medina of Essaouira. The passageways are lined by tall white houses with blue doors and artisana workshops are found at every turn. Ancient ramparts protect the city from the ocean winds and they resemble the ramparts found today in Saint Malo, in Northern France. The ramparts were originally designed by a French architect in order to protect the inhabitants from invaders. Essaouira is world renowned for its local artisana products such as wood sculpting, paintings, fabrics and music. The historic canons are still found along the accessible Skala of the Kasbah and the exterior scenes of Orson Welles film Othello were filmed here. White sand beaches stretch as far as you can see and water sport lovers from all over the world return to these beaches each year. Surfers appreciate the huge waves and scuba divers enjoy the clear waters. Swimmers should pay attention as the currents can be rather strong. Consecrated to local fisherman, the port comes to life when the boats return from a long day at sea.

The fish auctions are great to watch and if you enjoy seafood you have come to the right place. Most of the local restaurants have daily fresh fish specials. The local specialty is grilled sardines. Covering more than 10 km, Essaouira beaches continue all the way to Sim cap. The white sand beaches are magnificent and ideal for romantic walks or running, though, unfortunately, they are not great for swimming. Strong winds and currents deter swimming. Though you will find swimming pools open to non guests in most of the larger hotels in the city. Experienced surfers and water sport lovers come from all over the world to enjoy the conditions in Essaouira.

17 °C

Clouds, scattered clouds

Wind5.64 m/s
Cloudiness47 %
Temperature (min/max)17/17 °C
Pressure1013 hpa
Humidity69 %
Last update: 18 Apr 2024 @ 07:09

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