Essaouira is an easy 2 1/2 hour trip from Marrakesh. It might seem a little far to go and come back in a day, but it’s definitely worth it – it is difficult to resist the charms of this beautiful, friendly and relaxed town.
Founded in the 18th century, Essaouira was built to be a rival city to Agadir. Formerly known as Mogador, meaning small fortress, it was designed as a fortified town surrounded by Vauban-style ramparts. Essaouira played a major role as an international trading seaport, linking Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa with Europe and the rest of the world.
There are several “must-sees” in Essaouira – the Skala by the Port, the wood souk below the ramparts, where local artisans produce amazing sculptures, boxes, chess boards etc with beautiful Thuya wood local to Essaouira, the ramparts with the cannons still in place from the Portuguese era, the labyrinth of streets with the wonderful blue front doors, the Jewish Synagogue, the beach and so on…
Tours operated by a registered local operator.