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Had Draa market, Essaouira: one of Morocco’s largest markets

Had Draa market is a fascinating insight into traditional Moroccan life, a feast for the senses, and one of the largest markets in Morocco. Held every Sunday, thousands of locals descend on this sleepy town to buy and sell goods. You can find everything from shoe menders to basket weavers, blacksmiths to carpenters, spice sellers …

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Top 6 things to do in Safi, Morocco: from pottery to Portuguese history

Rarely on the tourist radar, the coastal town of Safi just a two hour drive north of Essaouira, is famed for its pottery. Indeed, a visit to the Pottery Quarter is one of the top things to do in Safi, Morocco. Although with it’s Portuguese history and coastal location, we believe there is more to …

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Sidi Kaouki travel guide: everything you need to know

The sleepy surf town of Sidi Kaouki is one of the easiest day trips from Essaouira. It’s only a 25 minute drive south and also accessible by public bus. And whilst it’s popular with surfers looking for bigger waves than Essaouira beach offers, it also offers a much more local and low key vibe compared …

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Essaouira surf school: learning to surf in Morocco

Morocco’s main surfing town, Essaouira, offers almost-perfect conditions for beginner surfers. Here we chat about what to expect from an Essaouira surf school and share our experience of learning to surf in Morocco. The Atlantic waves rolling onto the shallow shoreline of Essaouira beach mean that the picturesque port town of Essaouira is one the …

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Essaouira Beach: everything you need to know

If you are travelling around Morocco, the windswept beaches of Essaouira are a breathe of fresh air after the congestion and mayhem of Marrakech or Casablanca. Essaouira’s main beach is perfect for a long walk along the corniche (the promenade), or a sun downer after a surf lesson, and the beach to the north of …

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Kite-surfing in Essaouira, Morocco, the “Windy City of Africa”

Read on to find out why kite-surfing in Essaouira is one of the best things to do in this Moroccan coastal town, and what to expect. Considering Essaouira has been coined, the ‘Windy City of Africa”, it’s no surprise that this Moroccan town, perched on the Atlantic coast and boasting a long sandy beach, is …

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Your guide to Diabat, Essaouira: Jimi Hendrix and sand castles

Looking for things to do in Diabat, Essaouira? There’s more to this little village than Jimi Hendrix and castles made of sand. If you plan on visiting this dusty village close to Essaouira, then read on for all the things to do in Diabat. Four kilometres south of Essaouira’s medina is the dusty, sleepy village …

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2 days in Essaouira: a detailed itinerary (with options for extra days)

Do you only have 2 days to spend in Essaouira? Here we provide a comprehensive 2 days in Essaouira itinerary for you to follow so that you can get the most out of your visit; perfect for a weekend in Essaouira. And if you’re looking for a 3 day Essaouira itinerary, we have provided options …

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Shopping in Essaouira: your essential guide

With so many cool things to buy in Morocco, here is your essential guide to shopping in Essaouria, including where to shop, what to buy in Essaouira, and how to haggle. Our top tip though? Don’t shop in Marrakech with the pushy sellers, shop in Essaouira where everything is much more chilled and friendly. Hand-crafted …

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