The Medina, historical center of the city has been developped in the XVIII Century. It has been designed by Théodore Cornut (a Vauban disciple), following Saint-Malo design, in Britany. It is a top tourism spot. It has been registered among Morrocan historical monuments as well as on the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.
Essaouira is a multicultural city and a top tourism spot in Morroco. Along with its well preserved architectural structure, facing the ocean, the town is also famous for its fish and spice markets, its diversified restaurants, souks, traditional shops, monuments, museums and vast beaches.
The impressive number of shops spread around the Medina illustrates the local craftmen entrepreneurship. You will shop pottery, jewels, carpets, zelliges (enamelled earthenware tiles), marquetery work, thuya wood objects, berberian jewels, raffia objects, and, of course, traditional musical instruments.
This city inspires artists from all over the world. In this art and culture city, find your way among the narrow alleys to discover art galleries, temporary exhibitions and craftmen workshops.
Each year there are six Music Festivals. The musical spring Tradewins festival, the Atlantic Andalusia festival, the MOGA festival (electronic music), the Trans-feminin festival (Gnaoua and traditional women music), Jazz under an Argran tree, in december and the world famous Gnaoua festival (early summer) where major Gnaoua musicians play with world wide known musicians such as Louis Bertignac, Cheb Khaled, Pat Metheny, Cheb Mami…
It is only in the Essaouira province that one can find Argan oil, in its culinary version. Mint tea is a thousand-year-old tradition, that you must taste and Morrocan cooking offers exceptional and wonderful flavours.
Morrocans or internationals restaurants are many and varied in and outside of the Medina. Mostly morrocans, they will bring you unkowned pleasures. We will be happy to advise you and to help you discovering the diversified flavours of local recepies, wether salted, sugared or both.
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