Essaouira : fishing harbor & the medina

Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
I first tried to put at-the-time-the-not-yet-hubby on a surf board a couple of years ago, during a trip in La Tranche sur Mer, with no very good results…
We surfed again together in Australia last October and he happily & unexpectedly really liked it.
I couldn’t miss the chance! So for Christmas I offered him a surfing trip to Morocco.
I hesitated among a couple of destinations & after some talking with a surfer friend, I chose the fortified city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Essaouira, that is a good spot for beginners plus it’s a place I’ve been wanting to visit for some time.
On a cold March sunrise, the head full of images of blue boats & seagulls, we left grey & rainy Paris in search of sun & good waves.
We arrived early morning & still a little bit sleepy in sunny Essaouira & after a yummy breakfast
Moroccan breakfast in Essaouira
ready we were to explore the city
We crossed the beautiful main square

Main square Essaouira, Morocco
 to head to the fishing harbor

Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco

 

Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
All those blue boats against the blue sky are just too beautiful, aren’t they? Let me tell you, this place is wonderful to snap pictures 🙂
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
We climbed the tower you see in this last pic ^ to have a view of the harbor from above & to enjoy the view over the Medina of Essaouira.
Harbor sqala Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
Essauira
Harbor sqala Essaouira, Morocco
Harbor sqala Essaouira, Morocco
Harbor sqala Essaouira, Morocco
My nice sweater is from Promod & it’s on sale right now .
Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
Essaouira fishing harbor, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco

 

We continued our morning walk with the Medina, wandering among the stalls of food, herbs, teas, local handicraft & other stuff…

Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco

I’ve been wanting to buy all the cute & colorful dishes & bowls, before remembering that we already have plenty at home from our previous trip to Marrakech

Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco

We marveled at the blue painted doors while getting lost in the tiny streets…

Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco

I bought a couple of Moroccan lipsticks, a henna based lipstick that gives your lips a very natural pink color that lasts hours – even when you drink & eat!
The lipstick reacts to the lips ph so the shade of pink changes from a person to another. Basically, it’s magical! 😉
Oh yes and the lipstick is green. Or blue. Or any other weird color.

Moroccan henna lipstick

This is one of my  favorite beauty products, since when a friend of mine made me discover it, last year.
You can find it in Morocco & all North Africa, but also on Amazon 😉
Plus we shared a very good green tea with the seller!

Medina Essaouira, Morocco

Strolling the medina, we started to make our way back to the harbor

Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco
Medina Essaouira, Morocco

Where we previously saw a line of blue fish restaurants with outside tables in the sun. Just the perfect spot for lunch! 🙂

Fish restaurants, Essaouira port

They were all cooking seafood at more or less the same price, so we picked one in the middle & settled down to enjoy a good fish based meal!

Fish restaurants, Essaouira port

That was even better than what we thought!

Full & happy, we came back to our hotel to meet our surf instructor & dive into waves!
More about our surfing adventures tomorrow!

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8 Comments

  1. Thanks Clare! 🙂 Essaouira really worth a visit, it's beautiful & people are so nice! plus there are so many activities to do!
    If you go, try Restaurant Laayoune, I read a bit your blog & I have the feeling we like the same kind of travel, so you should like this place 😉
    xx
    Umberta

  2. Essaouira looks soo beautiful! I'm going to Morocco next month for 2 weeks, and now I'm thinking I should squeeze it in on our itinerary!!! 😀
    What an interesting lipstick, haha.

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes Umberta 😀

  3. You should definitely try to squeeze Essaouira in for it's such a beautiful place, one of my favorite in Morocco!!
    and even if you're not in Essaouira, try the lipstick, it only costs like 1€ & I swear you won't be disappointed 😉 You'll tell me later if you like it 😉
    & btw, thanks for organizing Monday Escapes!
    Wish u a good holiday!!
    xx
    Umberta

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