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City Profile | Essaouira

By February 25, 2015 No Comments

Essaouira (ⵎⵓⴳⴰⴹⵓⵔ in Berber):  The wind city; artistic land of moderate temperatures, good deals on local goods, windsurfing, kite surfing or just surfing – it all happens here on a regular basis.  The government is putting its energies into updating the town, making it easier to navigate, cleaner and greener.  Expect some interesting updates in the next few years.

Essaouira is an extremely laid back town; however, as with any trip to a place where you have infinite photo opportunities, be sure to ask permission to photograph someone as some may take offense.

Places to avoid: Not a lot of crime to speak of, most places feel safe, even late at night. I would avoid the mellah at night; however.  Use your normal common sense in a new place: Stay in pairs or groups, avoid dark alleys, especially if alone and do your wandering in daylight hours; ie, try not to wander into a strange areas at night.

What to see:

Ummm - Yes!

Yassine l’artist extraordinaire!

Transportation: What to expect: Cabs aren’t out to overcharge you here; a normal ride of a few minutes will run you 5-10 dirhams.  Otherwise a lot of locals get around by bicycle.

Gnaoua festival:  If you’re here during the festival expect lots of hair and higher prices.  We watched maybe two to three songs of three different acts and decided we’d seen the unique part of it, but would rather get a drink. But if that’s your thing, then good on ya.

While similar in vibe and prices to Chefchaouen, Essaouira is unlike anything else you’ll find in Morocco.  A safe place to get away and relax.

Have you been?  What did you think?!

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