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Essaouira

Sightseeing Beaches Adventure

Wind City of Africa

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site. Stately 18th-century ramparts protect the meandering streets of the oceanside town, dotted with rustic whitewashed houses and arts-and-crafts stores. Day-trip opportunities are plenty, as Essaouira's rural surroundings house picturesque villages and forest trails. On a holiday in Essaouira, you can check out the local seafood specialties, or spend your days surfing and swimming on the sandy shore. Use our Morocco vacation route planner to plan your trip to Essaouira and other destinations in Morocco.
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Where to stay in Essaouira

Accommodations in Essaouira concentrate mainly in and around the old medina quarter, but you an also find several lodging options lining the long waterfront promenade. You can choose from a variety of "riads," traditional Moroccan houses transformed into guesthouses. These establishments vary in pricing and range from budget-friendly to mid-market, while several hotels offer luxurious, 5-star services.
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