A Relaxing Goodbye to the Essaouira Sun

Just outside the entrance to Rue Youssef El Fassi. (A small passageway/street)

There are many scenes to take in around the walled medina of Essaouira, the warm windy town of the north African Atlantic coast that we talked of last time! The place of relaxing and the sun, and taking life one scene at a time! The scenery changes by day, and by year as new vendors come and small projects abound to improve small parts of life here. The wall above is an unnamed entrance to a small side street (Rue Youssef El Fassi) of shops and eateries such as La Table by Madada. Exiting here will take you to the closest strip of sand on a calm bay.

The small side street called Youssef El Fassi.
The small side street called Youssef El Fassi.
A hired hand and his trusty canine.
A hired hand and his trusty canine.

The bus from Marrakesh was about 3 hours and stopped at one of several non- descript stations around town, depending on your bus company. It was only a 10-12 minute walk to the medina and I had a wheeled duffle, but I let a local handy man help me out for a few bucks. His little dog did not leave his side! They put your bags or packages into this wheel barrow and off you go! Actually convenient.

Entering the fray!
Entering the fray!

No matter the level of accommodation you have acquired, there will always be the rooftops! The life above on cool mornings and evenings is an almost hidden life of relaxation or even a place where work is done from clothing to food prep!

A sliver of ocean from the rooftop!
A sliver of ocean from the rooftop!
Life above the rooms.
Life above the rooms.

 

A Calmness Outside of the Chaos.

There is always a relaxed feeling about this town. The tourist groups haggling the narrow streets can sometimes be a bit much but in comparison to other places in Morocco it is on the chilled side in Essaouira. The call of the sea and the setting of the sun are meaningful here. Less people seem to take them for granted. Outside the city walls by the sea is popular place to take a bit of time.

Outside the city walls at lower tide.
Outside the city walls at lower tide.
In the evening cool all open spaces and plaza become places of play.
In the evening cool all open spaces and plaza become places of play.

Every evening just before and after sunrise open spaces become places to run and be free, or to stroll and take in life. The business of the day getting a respite to have time with oneself or others. Children, families, groups of mothers, lovers..everyone at some point in the week finds time to take it all in.

As others play, some say goodbye to the day.
As others play, some say goodbye to the day.
Life on the same plaza on the new day.
Life on the same plaza on the new day.

Even Four Legged Ones Like to Chill!

Relaxing camels on the beach.
Relaxing camels on the beach.

During the heat of the day, the animals seem to be waiting for life around sunset. Camels, horses, dogs, cats, birds an whatever else scurries about after the dim sets in.

The horses are in on the act around sunset in Essaouira!
The horses are in on the act!

On the strip of beach in Essaouira, camels and horses are waiting with riders for the inevitable price play. The negotiation game for the experience. To go home and say..”I rode a camel/horse on the beach in north Africa”. Not actually a bad experience to have!

The canines also seem to bask in the sunset glow in Essaouira.
The canines also seem to bask in the sunset glow!
This ones activities are long past sunset.
This ones activities are long past sunset.
The riads await your return after dark!
The riads await your return after dark!

The town of Essaouira is never short of scenery that says have camera will travel! Everything is at a moderate pace and you won’t always miss the more  traveled towns well written about!  Essaouira is a bus ride south of Casablanca or west a few hours from Marrakesh! Take a chance! They will be calmly awaiting your arrival, except after Ramadan during the music festival where everything will be amped up for a bit!

Saying farewell to the day on Essaouira's beach.
Saying farewell to the day on Essaouira’s beach.

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4 Comments

  1. Wow I have always wanted to visit Morocco but i had no idea what to expect or what to include in my itinerary. Your article has given me my first place to visit, Essaouira now on my bucket list. Seems such a nice place with warm people and looks like there are no vehicles in the streets. What is their main mode of transport?

    1. Morocco is a very unique place to visit. Essaouira is a laid back place. See the other article I have on the same place. There are cars but not in the medina or the old walled city. Some motor bikes here and there but it is a relaxed place compared to Fez and Marrakesh. I also have a Casablanca article. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you do look into going to Morocco. Contact me anytime if you have questions!

  2. Seems like such s beautiful relaxing place to visit , one I am going to have to add to my bucket list if fit no other reason but to ride a camel on the beach lol. I love the rooftops, it’s like a whole other hidden city above everything else.

    1. Christina check out my other article about the same place! You should go. It IS beautiful. And not expensive…at least not yet! 

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