Sunset in Essaouira

I’ve heard a lot of things about Essaouira before going there: the white city – because of the white wall surrounding it, the windy city – well, because of the strong winds… I’ve heard about the blue fishing boats & the seagulls… But I’ve heard nothing about its sunsets…
Although, in my opinion, it’s something the city should be known for…

 

Sunset Essaouira, Morocco

 

Don’t you think? 🙂
To watch the sun disappear into the Atlantic ocean & the sky become bright red, while listening to the crushing waves, is a unique picture every night…
I do love sunsets & I do love being by the sea, so for me sunset hours in a seaside place are like the best thing in the world.

Where to watch the sunset in Essaouira :

But where to go in Essaouira to enjoy the sunset show, preferably with a drink in your hand?
I’m afraid that for that, I have to suggest some of the touristy places I usually try to avoid… But sometimes it worth it to make an exception to the rule 😉
  • Beach & friends: directly on the beach, just next to Explora surf school, a beautiful restaurant & bar where you can relax on the comfy sofas & sunbathing on the deck-chairs, sheltered from the wind, while enjoying the view.
Beach & Friends, Essaouira, Morocco
But it’s at sunset that the place really worth it. Facing the sea & Mogador island, you’ll have the most wonderful view in front of you
Sunset on the beach, Essaouira, Morocco
while drinking a beer & savor some nibbles
Beach & Friends, Essaouira, Morocco

 

^local beer Casablanca was really tasty. Cheers! 🙂
Beach & Friends, Essaouira, Morocco

 

Beach & Friends, Essaouira, Morocco
^not the most local food ;p but sitting there after our last surf session of the day, was a real pleasure!
Beach & Friends, Essaouira, Morocco
Camels were enjoying sunset with us 😉
Camels on the beach at sunset in Essaouira, Morocco
  • Taros: on the main square, the several terraces of Taros offer a fabulous view over the harbor, the ocean & the old city’s roofs.
Taros café and restaurant Essaouira, Morocco
Bands play live music every night & there’s a relaxed & young atmosphere.
Taros café and restaurant Essaouira, Morocco

 

As well as a lot of people, especially at sunset,  so you may want to arrive early to have a table & be ready to share half of your table with other guests.

Sunset in Essaouira, Morocco

Grab a beer, some olives

Taros café in Essaouira Morocco

Admire Moulay Hassan square & the giant fresco from Italian artist Giacomo Bufarini aka RUN.

He painted the biggest fresco of North Africa – 5.000 sqm – in February in occasion of the Marrakech Biennale.

Moulay Hassan square, giant fresco from Italian artist Giacomo Bufarini

It represents 2 human beings – not women nor men – standing on the opposite sides of a river, talking to each other to symbolize communication among people.

giant fresco from Italian artist Giacomo Bufarini in Moulay Hassan square in Essaouira

Have a look at the medina & the port from above

View of Essaouira Medina
View of the port of Essaouira at sunset
View of the port of Essaouira at sunset
View of the port of Essaouira at sunset

While waiting for the sky to turn red

Sunset in Essaouira, Morocco

& the show to begin

Sunset in Essaouira, Morocco
Sunset in Essaouira, Morocco
Sunset in Essaouira, Morocco
Sunset in Essaouira, Morocco

So what do you think about sunset in Essaouira? ;D

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