When you’ve had enough of Marrakech, Essaouira is the lovely, laidback alternative - just 2.5 hours drive away! Former hideout of rock stars and sixties rebels, this seaside town is now the place to kick off your shoes and take some time out from the world. A stunning treat, and only a few hours away from London by plane.
Where to go
Explore Essaouira’s Medina, constructed in the 18th century. Shop local bazaars and fashion boutiques for exotic clothing to take home - don’t forget to haggle! Lose yourself in the noise and vibrancy of the port area. Discover the many beautiful mosques. Explore the surf spots along the coast near the town. Find a bar overlooking the Atlantic ocean for a cool drink.
Food & Drink
You know Moroccan cuisine - Essaouira expands on that, thanks to the influx of people from all over the world, setting up restaurants and cafes. For the best dining in town, we recommend Elizir (Rue d’Agadir) for its eclectic combination of traditional dishes and modern fusion cuisine. Take your partner to Umia (22 Bis Skala Street) for an intimate dinner in stylish surrounds where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal.
As a haunt of the sixties counterculture (welcoming Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, amongst others), you’d expect Essaouira to have a bustling nightlife scene - and you’d be right. Head to Il Mare (Kasbah) for the outstanding views and the great live music. Otherwise, try the venerable La Chalet de la Plage (Blvd Mohammed V), open since 1893, where you can chase your drink with some seafood snacks.
Where to stay
Dar Sahil is a wonderful B&B owned by a French couple who go out of their way to ensure that guests enjoy a peaceful and restful stay. Excellent Moroccan food is a highlight of any stay here and golfers will delight in the world-class course nearby. Nearby Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa is a large luxury hotel, perfect for those looking for the complete wellbeing package of good food, guided yoga, and spa treatments. How to get there
Easyjet flies from London Luton Airport to Essaouira daily.