Chilling in Essaouira

We spent four days in Essaouira, a little town on the coast of Morocco.  After the busy crowds of Marrakech, Essaouira was a literal and figurative breath of fresh air.  (The temperature was about 10 degrees cooler than we had been having in Marrakech!)  It’s actually known for its windsurfing but we managed to get in a bit of sunbathing on the beach before the winds kicked up on a couple of days.  We even braved the brisk waters for a swim!

 

The beach
The beach

 

The town is actually famous for its walled medina, which we explored on one of our days there – you can climb the wall and see the ocean crashing in.  There are lots of shops to browse but it’s a pretty low-key, relaxed feeling town.  We found some amazing Italian food and decent Thai food there too – we were pretty excited about this! It’s also another shooting location for Game of Thrones – yep, we are geeks.

 

 

Saw this in GOT
Saw this in GOT

 

The streets of Essaouira
The streets of Essaouira

 

Washing on the line
Washing on the line

 

In the markets
In the markets

 

Some of the fishing boats
Some of the fishing boats

 

Inside our riad
Inside our riad

 

The sea from the wall
The sea from the wall

 

Karen and a cannon
Karen and a cannon

 

We also spent a fair amount of time planning the next parts of our trip – it’s astounding just how much planning and preparation travel requires.  I checked out a local hammam – you can read about that one in another post.

We took a bus from here to Casablanca – it’s about a seven hour ride – and stayed the night with our new friend Ivy who we met on our camel ride in the Sahara.  She took us out for great Indian food – we had a lot of fun hanging out with her!

 

Fun with Ivy
Fun with Ivy

 

I really liked our last few days in Morocco – they were mellow and chilled and just what we needed after our busy and full on time in Fes and Marrakech.  Next stop – Egypt!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mum Bunn says:

    What a pretty place! I love the colours… the white walls, the blue sea, the pants of many colours on the washing line. Feel mellow just reading your blog.

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