Today our Adventures took us out of Marrakech to the coastal town of Essaouira (pronounced ess-uh-weer-uh). It’s primarily a port and fishing city. It has a beautiful crescent beach but is also very windy. So it has tourists and some resorts, but it’s not known as a beach destination. Our interest was in seeing an older coastal city in Morocco and one of its historically important ports.
It’s a three hour drive through the Moroccan countryside to the coast. On the way we saw the some famous goats and stopped to grab our obligatory ‘everybody-needs-to-get-this-shot’ photo. But seriously, they are tree climbing goats. The farmers are very interested in the tourists getting their social media photo just right and ‘helpfully’ added baby goats to increase the cuteness factor.
After a roadside stop to admire the view coming into town, we arrived in time for a relaxing lunch next to the beach
The Medina (old city) is surrounded by seafront ramparts called the Skala de La Kasbah. These were built in the 18th century and remain in excellent condition – during our visit they were being used as a film/tv set.
One striking visual was the active fishing merchants and the blue boats docked after today’s catch. Too bad the pictures don’t convey the strong odor of fish that added to the ambiance.
In all we did a 6 hours driving for about 4 hours in the town so it was a long day. We’re glad we went to check it out but also glad we had a good audiobook to keep the drive interesting. Today was Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.