Essaouira is a charming resort on Africa’s northern coast, overlooking the Atlantic. The town is brimming with Moroccan character and is a maze of bustling streets, alleyways and shaded town squares.
A major focus of an Essaouira holiday is the beautiful crescent-shaped beach. Thanks to the resort’s semi-tropical climate, it experiences around 300 days of sunshine a year – ideal for tan top-ups. Camel rides are available at the beach and adventurous travellers can try out the range of watersports. Jeep tours and quad bike rides can take you high up into the Atlas Mountains.
Authentic souk markets are also a very popular attraction with holidaymakers, who will love perusing the many stalls and picking up jewellery, handicrafts and spices.
Come sunset, most visitors to Essaouira will be found strolling along the Medina ramparts area. These turreted walls enclose the old district and afford wonderful seascape views.
Marrakech (Menara) Airport to Essaouira: 3hrs approx