Essaouira and Oualidia

Essaouira is set on the Atlantic coastline, and a haven for wind-surfers. It is a very picturesque village with a bustling harbour, colourful souks, fine fish restaurants, a nice medina, and a culture that lends back to the sixties. It is sometimes nicknamed the white city, since in contrast to Marrakech, all of the houses are white. It is windy on the sea shore much of the time, which makes for a cool outdoors in summer, and has managed to develop without losing any of its charm.

Oualidia is the place where everyone "in the know" goes to from Marrakech. Oualidia has a natural 10 km long spit of land, creating a peaceful salt water lagoon, remote from the Atlantic rollers and protected by vast cliffs, with a single narrow opening to the sea. The lagoon, sheltered from the ravages of the Atlantic winds, is so picturesque you will not want to leave. The area produces superb seafood and is famous for its oysters, and has a charm somehow reminiscent of southern Africa. It takes 3 hours by car from Marrakech, costing about 40 one way by taxi.

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Terrace Tent
Maison du Sud
Dar Liouba
Views from Riad Valmar
Riad Valmar
At night
Ocean Vagabond