Beach chill out...Moroccan Style
Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
127Trip End Aug 01, 2007
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Essaouira (pronounced essa - weara) was originally established by the Phoenicians way back in the 7th-century BC but really grew and made it's fortune in the 1700's when it became the port where European goods were traded with gold, salt, and ivory from the caravan routes coming from Timbuktu. Most of the town that stands today was built during that time period. It has been used as a moviemaking location over the years starting with Orson Welles production of Othello in 1950's all the way up to the recent Orlando Bloom box-office bomb, Kingdom of Heaven where the town was supposed to represent Jerusalem during the Crusades. Since it is consistently windy, the town is quite a draw for windsurfing and kiteboarding (Jim and Lucy - possible honeymoon location?)
All that history aside, the real reason we came to Essaouira was to escape some of the heat from all the cities we've visited in Morocco, maybe work on the tan, and chill out a bit
Our time in Essaouira has been pretty much consumed with putting around the town, walking the beach, sampling the local cuisine, lounging in cafes over the great French pastries or gelato, and reading books on the rooftop patio of the hotel. This world travel stuff can be really tough business!!! Tomorrow we are back on a bus to Marrakech and then catching a train to go to Casablanca so we can fly to Tunis the next day. Look out for our closing comments on Morocco as well as a travelogue from our two-day visit to Tunisia to be posted in about four or five days.
It feels like we have stopped traveling and are on a little vacation. Essaouria couldn't be more different from the other Moroccan cities we have visited - completely relaxed and full of Moroccan families on vacation. Just like any tourist town, there are a few things that local touts try to aggressively sell you
We are feeling recharged after all the rest, cooler windy air, and relative hassle-free experience in Essaouria. It is definitely time to move on to some travel adventures tomorrow.