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Essaouira – Natural Bay and Tourist Hotspot

Essaouira is a delightful destination in Morocco. Filled with history, boasting a variety of activities and offering a break from the hustle and bustle of life, Essaouira is a tourist hotspot.

The area of Essaouira has evidence of occupation extending back to prehistoric times. The Medina of Essaouira, which was once known as Mogador in the 18th Century, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst the historical attractions are the ramparts of Essaouira. The ramparts offer exquisite views and tours are offered here.

The city is ideally located. Essaouira stands in natural bay, protected from heavy waves by the Iles Purpuraires, while the island of Mogador guards the harbor against strong winds. The conditions here are ideal for fishing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The harbor is a delightful diversion, filled with colorful boats that have been carefully decorated by local fishermen.

Wood-carving is a major business in Essaouira. Thuja wood is used to create a variety of items, from small pencil holders to large furniture. The crafters are extremely talented and you will certainly want to take some work of art home with you. As a centre of culture, Essaouira is home to the Gnaoua Festival of World Music held annually in June. Artists and spectators from around the world descend on the city for an amazing music extravaganza. So be sure not to miss out on the delights of Essaouira when visiting Morocco.