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Essaouira holidays 2021
Essaouira is located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco and is considered to be one of the country’s most pleasant beach resorts. Whatever your tastes, this resort has it all, from the historic city walls, to a bustling art and culture scene. Essaouira is also within easy reach of local attractions such as Casablanca and Marrakech.
While the beach is undoubtedly beautiful, its main draw is its windy conditions, which are popular with thrill-seeking wind and kite surfers. There are also less windy beaches nearby for those who prefer calm waters for swimming and diving.
The mix of British and American former hippies who have settled here gives the town a delightful multi-cultural feel and friendly atmosphere. Plus, due to the price of flights, hotels and general cost of living in Essaouira, it's a good choice for a cheap holiday. Other attractions include the small but busy fishing harbour and the walled Medina, which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Why book Essaouira holidays
Discover the best beaches
Spend your days on Plage d'Essaouira for sunny days on Morrocan sands
Perfect for watersports
Essaouira is the perfect resort for windsurfing and surfing among other watersports
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Visit the Essaouira Citadel for a true essence of the fishing village feel
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Top of most holidaymakers’ must-see lists for Essaouira is the Medina, a more laid-back and manageable experience than many other big city medinas and their marketplaces, which can be overwhelmed with tourists. The Medina is also home to some of the best restaurants the city has to offer, which make use of the locally-caught fresh fish in delicious traditional and international dishes. Essaouira beach was previously recognised for its wind surfing, but has more recently been facing stiff competition from kite surfing. The main beach’s windy conditions are ideal for these adrenaline-pumping activities, making this an ideal choice for even the most active of holidaymakers. For those who prefer surfing, you can head to the nearby surf spots at Point Imsouane and Taghazout to catch some waves. The diverse mix of dunes, forests and woods provide a unique environment around Essaouira that give you a wide selection of other activities to choose from, including camel tours, quad biking and hiking.
The coast of Essaouira leads around to the resort’s natural harbour, with boats and yachts arriving and departing throughout the day. The sometimes challenging water conditions around the coast are the reason so many water sport buffs choose Essaouira as their holiday destination, but make sure you come prepared with something to break the wind and you can still have a laid-back beach holiday here too. With the whole Atlantic coast of Morocco known for its world-class beach resorts, you won’t have to travel far to find a beach whatever type of activity you’re in the mood for. Couples can head to Diabat, a ruined fort and abandoned village by the sea that makes the ideal setting for the ultimate romantic sea-side stroll.
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Morocco allures visitors with its stunning beaches, magnificent mountains and splendid imperial cities. The best time to go to Morocco depends on your destination and your priorities: in general, the peak time to visit inland cities like Marrakech is between December and April, when temperatures are high but not scorching ...Continue reading
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Prices last checked at 21:48 20 January 2021