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 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.
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 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.
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.
Even Four Legged Ones Like to Chill!
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.
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 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!
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