Essouira is a quiet town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast with a history dating back to the 7th century BC and having been occupied by various cultures throughout the years you can see the mix of European and Arabian influence. Essouira was the principal port for the trade route from Timbuktu to Europe, and in the 1970’s the town was a popular place with hippies (inspired by the Crosby, Stills, and Nash song “Marrakech Express”) including rock star Jimmy Hendrix who spent some time here. Now a days though it is very popular with windsurfers who flock to Essouira for the constant winds and big waves rolling in from the Atlantic. Essouira is easily explored on foot with all its narrow alleyways and blue painted doors. Make sure to explore the Medina, a UNESCO world heritage site, the original gated walled fortress, where all the inhabitants lived to be safe from the marauding pirates. If you are looking for a place to go for lunch or dinner there is a wonderful French owned restaurant called La Triskalla located on the sea-side of the Medina that serves local seasonal dishes, and home baked bread. If you like seafood try Chez Sam’s on a little jetty overlooking the fishing boats.
When to visit Essaouria
The best time to Visit Essouira is between March and October when there is almost no rain. For most of the year Essaouira is quiet except for the end of June when quality holiday accommodation in Essaouira is at a premium due to the Gnaoua music festival that attracts over 400,000 visitors for the five-day event. July and August are also busy with many fellow Moroccans coming to the coast to escape the sweltering heat inland. The winters are also quite mild with temperatures around 15 Celsius during the day which leaves the months of May, June, and September as the ideal time to visit Essaouira.
How to get to Essaouira
The only practical way to arrive in Essouira is by bus with the closest airport being Marrakech which is two and a half hours away. From the airport take a taxi into town to the Supratours bus station which is very close to the train station. Supratours have four air-conditioned buses a day to Essouira costing 60 Dirham which is around £5. Alternatively take a taxi from the airport for around £50, but make sure to agree the price before getting in. With many low-cost airlines flying to Marrakech getting there has never been easier.
Where to stay in Essaouira
There are many choices of quality rental accommodation in Essaouira available, from charming riads which allow you to sample a traditional slice of Moroccan life to modern holiday apartments. Essaouira offers something for every taste. Find the perfect villa, riad or apartment in Essaouira at HouseTrip.com today, where you can book easily and securely within minutes.