Essaouira, a picturesque coastal town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is yours to discover. This easygoing fishing port dating back to the 17th century is where Orson Wells filmed Othello! This charming town is also credited with playing host to guests such as Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. While the town is not as historically relevant as Fes or Marrakech, you can see glimpses of Portuguese influence in the white painted buildings of the old walled area. In the 18th century synagogue, you can find evidence of what had once been a thriving Jewish community. In the week preceding Rosh Hashanah, witness the annual pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Chaim Pinto in the vast Jewish cemetery adjacent to the ocean. Essaouira being a hub of artists, you will see plenty of handmade works of art in the modest souk. The windy conditions in this town make it a great destination to try out windsurfing and kite surfing. You can also explore the town on camels and horses or go on quad bike excursions. Lunch at the port with fresh fish cooked right in front of you, is yet another highlight of Essaouira!
Heure Bleue Palais in Essaouira is a beautifully renovated property just a few minutes from the golden beach. Stay in well-appointed ensuite rooms done up in African inspired hues and equipped with modern amenities such as TV and WiFi.
Madada Mogador Essaouira, less than a half hour’s drive away from the airport, is set right by the Atlantic Ocean. The boutique pet-friendly hotel has a smart and contemporary décor, with traditional Moroccan elements thrown in.
Salut Maroc is situated right in the center of the ancient medina of Essaouira, by the Indian Ocean. From a traditional 18th century villa of a Moroccan merchant, the property has recently been fully renovated into a contemporary boutique hotel.
Villa de l’Ô, barely a 15-minute drive from the city airport, is situated right at the mouth of the medina of Essaouira Bab Sbaa. The boutique property recalls a colonial era with period furnishings and artifacts strewn around its nooks and corners.