Essaouira is a city in the west of Morocco, and a popular destination for beach fanatics and culture lovers alike. This is a great place to bring the family for a relaxing break, or perhaps you could come here as a romantic, cultural getaway with your partner.
Essaouira enjoys a rich and varied history with large parts of the city dating back to the 16th century. The name comes from an ancient Berber word, believed to have been a reference to the original fortress walls that once surrounded Essaouira.
Fishing is a popular activity on holidays to Essaouira, and the harbour here is one of the best-loved fishing spots in all of Morocco! In these waters you’ll be able to catch sardines, conger eels, and a whole host of other exotic marine life. If you don’t have the patience however, there is also a large fish market you can visit during your holiday in Essaouira, and pick up the fresh catch of the day. A slightly more relaxed approach to discovering the marine life of Essaouira would be to visit one of the numerous local diving schools, where you’ll be able to hire out scuba gear, have a lesson or two, and even take a guided underwater tour around the bay!
There are a good range of other water sports which you can try out during your holiday to Essaouira, most of which are operated from down at the beach. These include jet skiing and windsurfing, as well as the option of hiring out pedalos or yachts for the day. Or, if you prefer to take things a little easier, there is ample space down at the beach to sunbathe or play in the sand, and the warm waters provide the perfect conditions for swimming.
Anyone in search of a little local culture during their holiday in Essaouira should head straight for the old part of town. Here you can try the local cuisine at any of a wide selection of restaurants, stop off for a drink, or shop for souvenirs in one of the large, covered markets – or souks, as the Moroccans call them. Essaouira also boasts a number of fascinating historical sites, including the beautiful Chaim Pinto Synagogue and a number of elaborate mosques. Check out other holidays to Fez and holidays to Tangier
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