Memories of Morocco: Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco (2001)

Essaouira, Morocco (2001)

After the heat of the desert, and the frenetic energy of Marrakesh, it was time to complete our circuit back to Casablanca. So we hopped on a bus and headed to the coast – to the old port and pretty little fishing town of Essaouira.

Boat in Essaouira, Morocco (2001)

Boat in Essaouira, Morocco (2001)

The shore wasn’t really for swimming, but more for walking along. However, Essaouira is quite windy – apparently famous for it, so you get blown all over the place. We soaked up the sun and enjoyed more time wandering through shops. I came away with a lovely silver ring.

We explored the harbour, where there are some cool historic wall fortifications, known as the “Scala”. The plaintive cry of seagulls added to the seaside atmosphere. I was really taken by all the colourful boats lined up in the harbour.

And after our day on the beach, we headed north to Casablanca to end our fantastic Moroccan adventure. Some of my most vivid travel memories were from this journey – and it was 15 years ago! I’d go back in a heartbeat – but there are other places I need to explore.

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