TIPS FOR TRIPS
Selection of our recommendations for city walks as well as places just short ride away.
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Tips for trips:
The HARBOUR – morning or evening, when the sea-blue boats come in and the fishermen auction off their catch.
The 15th century Portuguese PORT.
Moulay Hassan SQUARE near Bab Skala– evening, especially the sunset is magic and you can take great snaps
Bab Skala, Skala du Port a CITY WALLS – any time. It appeared as Astapor in Game of Thrones too.
FISH SOUQ – join the locals at this small market. For a cheap lunch, buy half a dozen sardines, and for around Dh10 one of the neighbouring cafes will grill them for you and serve them up with bread and a simple salad.
You can get delicious and cheap STREET FOOD anywhere in the Medina. Just order, find the staircase up and there is usually an area where you can eat. They will serve you nice and fresh food for aprox 50 dirhams per person. The cheapest tajin and soup you can find at famous Mr.Ouazzani.
SUNBATHING AND SWIMMING can be difficult when the winds are strong. For swimming stick to the town stretch, as Plage Safi to the north has dangerous currents.
Essaouira is the Wind Capital of Morocco, the wind can be gusting all time year round because of its geographical conditions. It is a fantastic place to go KITE FLYING and KITESURFING. Every day of the year is a perfect weather day to go surfing on the beaches of Essaouira city, however, the high season runs from April to the end of September.
The SAND DUNES – half day trip – north of the city
Shopping EUROPEAN FOOD AND STUFF: get a taxi and go to Carrefour, east part of the city. It takes 10 minutes. Great shop with a wide variety of food. The LIQUOR SHOP is on the right side, connected to the main shop. For the return journey – wait in front of the shop. A taxi will come soon. You can share one taxi with max 2 other passengers. Tell the driver where you want to go and he plans his route. If you are lucky you can enjoy a sightseeing tour.
GETTING AROUND: transportation around Medina is only by blue taxis. Any ride costs 7 dirhams regardless the distance withing Essaouira. It´s normal to double up with other passengers – share rides.
Tips for MORE DISTANT PLACES: Sidi Kaouki, 25k. one of Morocco’s top windsurfing and surfing spots. Great beaches, restaurants.
In 2013, the television show Voyages enlisted Essaouira in its list of Ten Happiest Destinations on Earth.