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Top 5 reasons why you should visit Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls, and there are ocean views. Strong "Alizée" trade winds make the city’s crescent beach popular for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.


1. Essaouira will enchant you

Strategically located by the water, Essaouira is a wonderful locality remarkable for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Magnificent port city, it irresistibly attracts tourists with its attractions. You will soon fall in love with this magical destination. Its natural assets will fascinate you. Stroll, stroll through its charming alleys, lined with galleries and shops. You will visit its mosques, its grand port. And if all this is not enough for you, take a trip to the beach and bask under its pure blue sky. Prepare to experience an unforgettable stay in the company of this city of exceptional attractions.

2. Discover a splendid island

Classified as a biological reserve in 1980, the fantastic islet of Purpuraires is one of the attractions that keep travelers moving. It is home to a magnificent biodiversity that leaves no one indifferent. There are several species of birds as rare as they are interesting. As soon as you arrive, seagulls, great cormorants, pale swifts and great crows will welcome you in turn. You will see 700 pairs of one of the rare species: the Eleonora Falcon. The fantastic lair of bird watchers will sublimate you. It contains some reptiles and plants like the famous argan tree. Make sure to take a look during your visit to the city.

3. Its fabulous harbor will cheer you up

Another essential attraction in this dazzling city is its port. It is in a way the emblem of the city. Still nicknamed the port of Timbuktu, the resplendent fortress promises you an extraordinary spectacle. You will contemplate the fishermen in their work from one of the multiple and picturesque terraces or restaurants which border it. You will not leave without tasting the delicious fish dishes.

4. Discover its remarkable mosques

Essaouira is above all an important Islamic city. For proof, visit these radiant mosques whose architecture is unique. The Kasbah Mosque is the oldest mosque, but also one of the most important buildings in the city. You will be dazzled by its sumptuous internal decoration and the Koranic engravings that fill it. You will also find rooms and accommodation for students. Explore the Ben Youssef Mosque, one of the most imposing buildings in Essaouira. Its 66 m high will leave you speechless.

5. It is a city of relaxation by excellence

In Essaouira, you will have fun like never before. Would you like to go for a walk? Well, camels and dromedaries will take you to the dunes where you will have nice experiences. Shopping enthusiasts will visit the delightful boutiques and antique galleries while gourmets head for the restaurants. In addition to all this, visit Essaouira beach: it is among the most beautiful in the country. The spectacle is grand. Athletes of all kinds meet there. You will do surfing, windsurfing and even horse riding.

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