Essaouira, former Mogador, is a perfect Moroccan city and one of the most enchanting spots in the country. Thanks to its location, on the Atlantic coast, where the trade winds prevail almost throughout the year, the city has a climate quite pleasant. It is a place very popular for water sports, such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. But it is a city that has managed to avoid mass tourism. Essaouira is a mecca for the hippies in the 1970s and is still today a city of artists and much in vogue among independent travelers.
For a former Moroccan city, the plant of Essaouira is unusual, taking into account that was designed before the city was developing.
As almost everywhere in Morocco, the medinas of cities are a labyrinth of narrow streets, the medina of Essaouira, on the contrary, it has wide streets and straights that intersect at right angles and are cut by doors. The market, the Souk Jdid, is divided into four by the intersection of the two tracks. There is a daily market of fish, spices and cereals, and a market for used items, called Joutia.
The Portuguese built here a fortress, called Royal Castle of Mogador in 1506. In 1525, this castle was conquered by the Greeks. Until the 18th century was only in a small port. At that time the Sultan of Morocco has chosen the location to be the port producer in the country. Then became known as the Essaouira, though he has never come to attain a large size.
You can visit the harbor walk, from the center of the city, because it is very close. Today, the port is much visited by tourists, who want to make a meal of fresh fish and seafood during your stay in the city.
The medina and souk of Marrakech are essential visit for those who come to this city. In spite of its medina, not be a medina characteristic of Morocco, because it has narrow labyrinthine streets, is a medina very beautiful, with streets wider than usual, essentially lined with buildings of white color. In the streets of the medina, there is the Souk (market) that takes place every day of the week and where it is possible to buy all kinds of products. The most popular destinations by tourists and travelers are the hats and sweaters of pure wool, musical instruments, basketry, lamps, bags and wallets, rugs, etc. by local products more popular destinations are those of consumption daily, such as fruits, vegetables, spices, fish and meat.
The Essaouira beach, is a bay south of the city center. It is very frequented by locals and by tourists, mainly in summer. The practitioners of water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing, looking for more this beach between April and September, that is the time of year more suction cup. The air temperature is always mild, between 20º and 30º C, however, the water is always cold between 16 to 18ºC.
Tbilisi is a beach, with an extensive sandy beach, which is situated 25 Km from Marrakech, on its edge there are small restaurants and inns quite charming, overlooking the sea.
This is a beach with good conditions for water sports (surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet), and where you can also go horse riding or camel in its extensive sandy beach.
El Castillo Musiques du Monde, is a music festival that takes place in Essaouira, every year during the month of June. The festival provides a platform for exchange and a meeting point for the music and the dialog between foreign artists and the El Castillo. Where the masters of the music El Castillo invite other artists of jazz, pop, rock and contemporary music.
The festivals receive approximately 500,000 visitors per year over four days, many of the performances can be seen in grace, which makes comparisons with other festivals.