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Things To Do In Essaouira

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  • Book your favourite activities and day trips on Expedia for significant savings, and you'll still have enough cash for a top hotel or decadent meal while you're visiting. The things to do in Essaouira aren't only top-notch, but they won't bust your budget. We have 11 things to do here, and you can make them yours starting at £29.
  • Essaouira is popular among adventurers suchlike yourself. In fact, many travellers have been visiting to learn about local culture and participate in the best activities, and a good amount of them can't wait to come back. The top things to do can get the attention of even experienced globetrotters, and one look at our list explains why. Our collection includes a wide array of historically themed tours and opportunities for adventure. With unique ways to discover the best this area has to provide like a Small-Group Gnawa Music Tour, there is a huge selection of active options at your disposal when you browse through all the things you can do here at Expedia.

Our activities are the best way to organise your holiday. It takes an expert itinerary to fully explore Essaouira, particularly when you wish to pack in plenty of local cuisine and entertainment. And it's a no-brainer that you don't plan to sleep all day遥ou're ready to get out and have an adventure. You need to cover the best activities around, and an exploration of historic city neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Book professional area tours on Expedia, and there will be no need to worry about looking at a map.

Things to Do in Essaouira

If the hustle and bustle of Morocco’s cities has left you feeling a little frazzled, then the coastal town of Essaouira (pronounced esa-wera) is the perfect antidote. Here the emphasis is on laid-back living and relaxing.

The magnificent beach curves for miles to the south, and the strong Atlantic breeze provides some fantastic opportunities for windsurfing. It is the romantic fortifications of the town, however, that give it an almost mystical atmosphere and offer opportunities to stroll aimlessly admiring the work of local artists and craftsmen as you do.

The narrow streets within the old town are a delight to get lost in, and you will stumble upon some fantastic cafes, restaurants and bars as you gradually find your way again.

Watch the fishermen mend their nets, admire the crumbling ramparts and breathe a sigh of relief: this is Morocco’s best place for a spot of relaxing.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Essaouira

The Port – From the impressive sea bastion along the cliffs you can watch the fishing boats bobbing picturesquely in the water and the local fishermen haul in their catch and mend their nets. Tucked away in the Skala de la Ville are ancient sea canons that offer the perfect place to watch the sunset from. Keep your eyes peeled, though, for the woodworking, crafts and artists workshops that can be found here.

The Medina – The narrow streets of the medina are where many of the best bars, restaurants and cafes can be found. There are also many cultural centres, mainly focussed on the hypnotic rhythms created by drums and voices that define the local Gnawa music.

The New Town – Although it lacks the atmosphere of the medina you can also find some interesting shops and fine dining options in the town beyond the warm embrace of the medina’s walls.

Ile de Mogador – Just off the coast this uninhabited island is home to Eleanora’s falcons. These birds come here to breed between April and October, before returning to Madagascar. Take a pair of binoculars and you can watch them swooping from the beach at Essaouira.

Things to See in Essaouira

The romantic ramparts, festooned with ancient canons, are a sight that lends the coastal town an almost mystical sense. It is no surprise that Orson Welles shot the opening scenes of his cinematic Othello here. Watching the fishing auction or the fishermen spreading out large nets on the spacious beach is also a delightful way to spend your time here. If you are visiting between April and October you will have the added joy of seeing the majestic falcons fly gracefully over the skies as you enjoy a sundowner.

Things to Do in Essaouira

Some of the best windsurfing in the world can be enjoyed here – and there are plenty of opportunities to have a go if you’ve never windsurfed before. Essaouira boasts a strong cultural scene that centres on the local Gnawa music – there are regular concerts and exhibitions throughout the year. There is also a very strong local arts scene: stroll around the medina to admire the woodwork and other crafts.