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Essaouira

Essaouira is known as Morocco’s windy city. A combination of spectacular beaches, great sea and the almost constant tropical trade winds has changed this city from a hardworking port into one of the world’s greatest sites for windsurfing, kiteboarding and other exhilarating watersports. The city has a dual heritage and this can be seen in the mighty walls that surround this old Moroccan trade centre. Once a Portuguese fortress, rusting cannons between the ramparts still point out to sea, and there is a certain European feel to the construction of the city once known as Mogador. However, the narrow winding streets are filled with the sound of Gnaoua singing, women in white haiks weave their way through the alleys of the old medina, and palm trees cast their shadows across the walls of white-washed houses. At its heart Essaouira is, and always has been, a Moroccan city.

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  • Essaouira Golf
  • Essaouira Hammams
  • Essaouira Heritage
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  • Essaouira Music Festivals
  • Essaouira People
  • Essaouira Retreats
  • Essaouira Shopping
  • Essaouira Surfing
  • Essaouira Trekking

Staying In Essaouira

Image: Get the full Moroccan experience by staying in a riad

When you take a holiday in Essaouira you’ll have a wide choice of places to lay your head. As with most Moroccan cities and towns, there are many traditional riads available to stay in. These range from cosy two bedroom places in the heart of the medina to opulent palaces with amazing views of the ocean. Alternatively you can always take a room in one of the many hotels that can be found throughout the city including a good selection of five-star accommodation.

Getting To Essaouira

Image: Fly direct to Essaouira from Luton Airport

Flying to Essaouira from the UK has just got easier thanks to the opening of a new direct route between London Luton airport and Essaouira Mogador Airport. Before this most British travellers flew direct to Marrakech and travelled the rest of the way by road.

If you still want to travel by land rather than air once in the country then Essaouira lies around two and a half hours drive from Marrakech and if you don't want to hire a car you can cover this distance by coach, bus, taxi or using the tourist transfer service. If you’re aiming to take a coach, it’s always best to book your tickets in advance to guarantee a place.

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