Essaouira is a very pretty fishing town located approx 160km north of Tamraght.
It was once a portuguese built town and is painted blue and white. The port is a major fishing port with many vessels working out of it, making it a significant economical important town to Morocco.
The trip to Essaouira takes about 3 hours, passing through stunning countryside, mountain passes and coastal roads but it’s well worth the trip. You might even see the famous goats in trees on the way! Essaouira has a huge beach front and many sand dunes where horse riding and quad biking can be done, but a visit to the walled town is definitely the highlight of the visit.
The town is filled with tiny streets and shops, and no cars can enter the town due to this. The shopkeepers are friendly and not pushy so if you want to buy things, this would be the place to come. Jewellery, leather goods and clothes are everywhere as well as spices and pottery goods. The medina is such an interesting and fun place to walk around.
The sea wall has old cannons and battlements which shows the strategic importance of the town in days gone by, and the port there is full of ships and old blue fishing boats, giving the area vibrance and a sense of tradition.
Lunch is taken in the harbour in one of the many restaurants – you simply pick the fish you want and they cook it over coals for you – simple and very tasty!