Discover Essaouira and enjoy a mesmerising holiday break in Morocco
Essaouira, also called « the pearl of the Atlantic coast » is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ancient town surrounded by ramparts offers a fascinating culture, history and people.
Strolling around feature a host of treasures: picturesque alleyways and streets, craft makers working in their tiny shops, the burstling port with its typical blue fishing boats, the many typical souqs (markets), the huge sandy beach, the islands, and the near amazing countryside.
Moreover Essaouira, with its multiple art galleries and its singular painters is definitively an artsy destination
Essaouira, « the well-drawn» city
The name of Al-Suwayra means in arabic language « the well drawn ».
In the late 18th century, Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah actually decided to renew the city and asked to the French architect Théodore Cornut to draw the plan of it.
Essaouira is the unique ancient walled town in Morocco with a geometrical plan influenced by European townplanning.
On Morocco’s Atlantic Coast close to Marrakech and Agadir.
170 km west of Marrakech and 170km north of Agadir, Essaouira is easy to reach by car, taxi or by bus.
Essaouira’s airport is located 16 km away from the city and proposes international direct flights such as Luton in England and Paris in France.
Gnawa & world music festivals
Essaouira offers many various music events all year round.
The « Gnawa World Music Festival». is the most famous one (450 000 festival goers in 2014). Held every year in the end of June.
« Le printemps des Alizés » held in April : classical music festival
« Le festival des Andalousies Atlantiques » held in the end of October: Judeo-Moroccan music festival
A moderate climate all year round.
Essaouira has a moderate and sunny climate throughout the year.