The history of Essaouira, Morocco goes back all the way to 7th century B.C. when the Phonenicians stopped by the Island of Mogador (present day Essaouira). By 1764, the sultan of Morocco, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, fortified the city to counter the growing expansion of Agadir. To this day, you can still see the remains of the fortress by the city’s Medina. From the popular city of Marrakech to Essaouira, the trip is about 3 hours by road. Along the way, there are plenty of argan trees, where you can often see local goats climbing on the trees to eat the argan fruit. Although it’s mainly used as a day trip from Marrakesh, Essaouira deserves at least a few days of your time. There is also no visa requirements for most westerners, but U.S. citizens can check out State Travel for more information.
There really is no bad time to visit Morocco, it just depends on what you are looking for. If you prefer to have fun and sun by the beach, then you want to visit around June-August. If you are into music, the towns’s biggest event, the Gnaoua Festival, takes place June 29 – July 1. July is windiest month, perfect for kite-surfers, but tourists and Moroccans from other parts of the country start coming in to the city. To escape crowds, May, September, and even early November are your best chances. While Marrakesh is hectic and busy, Essaouira is laid back and relaxed. Its medina is also much smaller and easier to navigate. Getting to the city is also easy since easyJet has direct flights from London Luton airport. You can also hire a grand taxi from Marrakesh or take a shared one for a cheaper price. Spend a few days here and you won’t regret it!. Don’t forget to pick up our list of download some travel apps to give you an assist with planning your Moroccan vacation!