.Essaouira is a laid back, a breezy town with a wide beach, the picturesque fishing harbour, vibrant blue&white painted Medina, and rich history. While exploring the town, you will notice that seagulls and cats are the kings of Essaouira. You will meet them on every corner, hunting for a fish, stealing your breakfast and guarding the peace of the magical town.
If you don’t have time to visit Essaouira yourself, take a day tour from Marrakech. The shared day tour from Marrakech to Essaouira will start at 8 am. On the way, if you are lucky, you will see the famous goats in the trees. After 3 hours drive, you will reach Essaouira. There, you will have time to explore the beautiful Medina, fish port (a must) and other spots. In this trip, you will have enough time to explore the city, buy some local presents and enjoy a nice lunch.
After exploring Essaouira, you will come back to your transport around 4 pm. Then, you will return to Marrakech around 7 pm.
City of spirits
As locals say, Essaouira is a city of good spirits. I believe them because time in Essaouira stops – you forget the daily routine and immerse yourself in the laid-back environment. In Essaouira, I love waking up early and with a slow pace explore the empty town. Even at 10 am, the streets are empty. Locals are lazily rising to get ready for the day. Despite being popular among foreigner and local tourists, Essaouira’s spirit remains unaffected time and modernisation.
In Arabic, Essaouira means “Little picture”, “well designed” or “protected” depending on how you pronounce the S,”. And, literally, Essaouira is a little picture, every year attracting many photographers and moviemakers. Famous movies and television shows like “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Gladiator”, “Game of Thrones”, “Prison Break”, “Sherlock”, and “The Nine” came to Essaouira to shoot some scenes.