An easy side trip from Marakesh, Essaouira is a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its Medina has been enlisted as a UNESCO World heritage site since 2001. Directly facing the Atlantic Ocean, the city was windy and chilly the time I was there, which was a complete opposite of Marrakesh’s. It was summer when I visited.
A functioning Port City for many centuries, Essaouira is merely three hours away by Supratours bus from Marrakesh, for 8 USD or400 pesos/way. Any hostel can assist you on booking this. Expect some desert views along the way. Here are some snapshots on how my side trip to Essaouira went.
Essaouira as a walled Fortress on the Atlantic Coast.
Essaouira as a functioning Port City
Essaouira as a Seafood Market
Essaouira as a laid back city to explore.
Essaouira and its ice cold Coca Cola in Arabic writings.
Essaouira as a nice backdrop for selfies.
Essaouira and the surreal Atlantic sunset.