MOROCCO | Essaouira

S E A S O N | Early Spring

Our trip to Morocco was a kinda last-minute idea due to the cancellation of another trip, so we had not had time to do any sort of research into things to do in that area. Morocco had always been high on my list of places to go, and it still remains there as there are still many things I would like to do and re-do there. In any case, upon arrival we had no idea what or where Essaouira was, but saw that it was a recommended day trip from Marrakesh. What a fantastic recommendation.

Essaouira is a gem of a coastal village, as picturesque as your heart desires. The old Fort contrasting with the traditional architecture, the whole punctuated by blue fishing boats and blue doors, makes it a truly photogenic place. We ended up spending the whole day there, walking around the fort and the port, having lunch before wandering into the narrow streets to the market, stopping to learn how to tie a turban Berber-style, before stopping for the obligatory coffee break and heading back to Marrakesh.

TIP: If you do decide to go there, look out for the goats in the trees on the way there, and be prepared for wind - lots of it!