A sleepy coastal town for much of the year, windswept Essaouira transforms in spring and autumn into one of Morocco’s most charming destinations. Just a two and a half hour’s drive from Marrakech, this former hideout of rock stars and rebels is now a laid-back seaside retreat, where the slower pace of life calls for gentle medina strolls, leisurely sampling of the catch of the day and restorative nights in luxurious boutique hotels.
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Food & Drink
Tastebud-tingling tagines and freshly grilled seafood are on offer, of course, but Essaouira also plays host to risk-taking kitchens and cosmopolitan restaurants. Elizir whips up enticing fusion fare in a quirky vintage setting. Romantic Umia is just the thing for a tête-à-tête: watch the chefs at work from the intimate, pared-down dining room.
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