Southern Morocco's most favoured coastal town - and the one most easily reached from Marrakech - offers both a contrast and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Essaouira has managed to retain a laid-back timelessness rarely felt in the seething streets of Marrakech. It's a relaxing place and a charming one too. Sandy colored ramparts shelter a clean and bright medina built around French piazzas, carved archways and whitewashed avenues and alleys.
Over the past decade, Essaouira has become known as a centre for arts, crafts and music, attracting visitors to it's galleries and workshops and hosting an assortment of annual festivals. Apart from the well known Gnaoua World Music Festival in June, there is also a Flamenco Festival and Arabo-Andalucian music in the autumn and a classical music festival each spring.
The fishing port, overlooked by grand fortifications, provides a constant source of supplies for local restaurants, while the wide sandy beaches to the south have put Essaouira on the windsurfing map at certain times of the year when the winds are up.
The town can also claim to be one of the cleanest and freshest in Morocco, with no vehicles in the medina, regular street sweeping and the Alizes breeze keeping the summer months cool.
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Our holiday guest houses are located right in the centre of this beautiful little town. They serve as an ideal base for exploring the local area, or simply as a means to relax and unwind in unique and magical settings.
Dar Emma is really well located at the front of the medina close to all of the shops and restaurants. Dar Beida is at the back of the medina, in the more Moroccan quarter, just minutes from the food markets. Both houses are within the old medina walls and approximately a 10-minute walk to Essaouira's long sandy beach. An information pack with a restaurant guide, information on Hammams, horse riding, quad biking and various other activities will be provided.
Essaouira is famous for its myriad shades of blue: blue skies, deep blue sea, blue trawlers and sardine boats loaded with their catch of the day, tiny blue boats huddled against each other, blue shutters and doors on bright white walls. Rumour is… the fishing boats in Essaouira are blue so as not to scare the fish!