ESSAOUIRA

ESSAOUIRA

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Essaouira, established as a major trading post by the Portuguese in the middle ages, they named the town Mogador. When recaptured by Morocco in 1765 the town was raised to the ground, rebuilt and renamed Essaouira meaning the little rampart. It remained an important port for foreign trade until the 20th century and acted as the gateway to Marrakech.

Once, a much coverted prize for marauding pirates, Essaouira is protected by an impressive defense system of fortified bastions, still very much in evidence today. A walk along its ramparts, lined with old brass cannons, is rewarded by breath-taking views of the island of Mogador and the port. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its Medina remains untouched by the ravages of time, and behind its walls hides a luminous city of winding alleyways, picturesque squares and whitewashed houses.

Chosen by Orson Wells as a location for his 1950’s film production of Othello, Essaouira has inspired and enthralled a plethora of filmmakers and musicians, Mick Jagger, Bob Marley and Cat Stevens, but most notably Jimi Hendrix, who was a regular visitor in the late 60’s.

Whilst the Moroccan favourites of Tagine and Couscou is very much in evidence on most menus, Essaouira is a city of fishermen and virtually all restaurants make the most of what the ocean provides. In the heart of the Medina, even the most demanding of gourmets will delight in succulent, sophisticate cuisine and magical settings provided by the city’s top eateries.

Essaouira boasts a most sensational swathe of sun-kissed sand and is renowned as being an important centre for wind and kite surfing. Bright and breezy, the trade winds ensure that Essaouira never reaches boiling point even at the height of summer.

Essaouira offers so much for visiting golfers and no expedition into the city would be complete without a saunter…

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