The Medina of Essaouira, Essaouira

Medina of Essaouira in Morocco

Travel to Essaouira, a coastal city in Morocco, boasts a UNESCO-listed Medina that is an absolute must-see for culture and history enthusiasts. Explore the well-preserved Medina of Essaouira, founded in the 18th century, and immerse yourself in its rich cultural and architectural heritage, which reflects a unique blend of Moroccan and European influences.

When you visit Essaouira, you can wander the vibrant, labyrinthine streets of the Medina, discover its iconic blue boats in the harbor, and marvel at the stunning coastal views. Our tours in Morocco departing from Marrakech offer the opportunity to delve into the rich history and culture of the enchanting Medina.

Essaouira Morocco

“Essaouira’s Medina, with its winding streets and bustling harbor, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the city’s rich cultural heritage (18th century).”

Curiosities about Essaouira:

  1. The Medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage site recognized for its well-preserved architectural and cultural heritage.
  2. Essaouira’s harbor is home to iconic blue boats and offers stunning coastal views.
  3. The Medina’s labyrinthine streets are lined with artisan workshops, galleries, and colorful markets.
  4. Essaouira is known for its vibrant music scene, particularly during the Gnaoua World Music Festival.
  5. The city’s fortifications, known as the Skala de la Ville, offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  6. Essaouira has a rich Jewish history and is home to the Simon Attias Synagogue.
  7. The city is a popular destination for kite surfing and windsurfing due to its consistent winds.
  8. The Argan tree, native to Morocco, can be found in the Essaouira region, and its oil is used in traditional Moroccan cuisine and cosmetics.
  9. Essaouira has been a filming location for several movies and television series, including Game of Thrones.
  10. You can easily make a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech, as it’s just a 2.5-hour drive away.

Visit the Medina of Essaouira

Stroll through the narrow, winding streets of Essaouira’s Medina, where you’ll find diverse artisan workshops, galleries, and colorful markets showcasing traditional Moroccan crafts, textiles, and spices.

The harbor is a bustling hub of activity, with its iconic blue boats and lively fish market. Walk along the Skala de la Ville, the city’s historic fortifications, for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Map of Essaouira

Notable sites within the Medina of Essaouira

  • Moulay Hassan Square: a lively central square lined with cafes and restaurants.
  • Skala de la Ville: historic fortifications offering panoramic ocean views.
  • Essaouira Harbor: bustling harbor with iconic blue boats and a lively fish market.
  • Orson Welles Square: a tribute to the famous director who filmed parts of “Othello” in the city.
  • Attias Synagogue: a historic synagogue showcasing Essaouira’s rich Jewish heritage.
  • Dar Souiri: a cultural center and exhibition space for local artists.
  • The Gnaoua World Music Festival: an annual celebration of music and culture.
  • Essaouira Beach: a popular spot for kite surfing, windsurfing, and sunbathing.
  • Essaouira Ramparts: a network of historic walls surrounding the Medina.

Travel to Essaouira

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Photos of the Medina of Essaouira

Discover captivating images of the Medina, showcasing its enchanting streets, vibrant markets, iconic blue boats, and stunning coastal views. These pictures show this coastal Moroccan gem’s unique charm and allure.