Essaouira is a city found right on the western coast of Morocco. A part of the Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz region, Marrakech is in fact a couple of hours inland. Essaouira riads are a good option for people looking for an authentic and interesting cultural experience. While Marrakech is amazing to visit and stay in, it could justifiably be tokened as too touristy. Essaouira offers visitors a lot of fun tourist activities, due to its beach. This sandy beach is nice for relaxingeven golf opportunities in the form of Mogador Golf Academy which offers courses for all abilities, and even coaching. Riads Essaouira also offer the opportunity to discover the city's rich history and and a genuine cultural experience.
Essaouira holiday rentals – things to do here
The Essaouira ramparts are an essential stop, offering an insight into what the city was like in the days when the then village would have been fortified for protection against invasion. Medina of Essaouira is a fishing harbour where visitors can appreciate the maritime history of the area. The markets around lend themselves to a stroll around. A tip: haggling is to be expected in order to get the best price, as is custom throughout the country. Dar Souiri is an essential excursion for those interested in finding out more about the cultural history and present in this city.
A surprising history waiting to be discovered
Among several religious sites, people staying in a riad Essaouisa may be surprised to learn that the city has a strong Jewish history, with Jews at one point forming almost half of the city's population. The Simon Attias Synagogue shows a part of Jewish life in Morocco and is a fine example of cultures coming together. The Jewish Cemetary is also worth a visit, though it is a humbling experience.