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Essaouira, the ancient Mogador

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Essaouira, the ancient Mogador


Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, is an enchanting, laid-back alternative to the frenetic melting-pot of Marrakesh.

The Medina of Essaouira (formerly «Mogador») is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city and is home to many small arts and crafts businesses enclosed by fairy-tale, sand-coloured ramparts and imposing stone gates.

The Portuguese ramparts of Essaouira are home to a collection of 18th century cannons.

The colourful port, rolling waves and a wide buttery beach stretching for miles complete the picture.

Essaouira remains one of the major fishing harbours of Morocco. Essaouira is also renowned for its kitesurfing and windsurfing. It is also a center of argan oil production.

It has become a tourist attraction due to the tree-climbing goats who are unique to the region, as argan trees are the only type the goats climb.