MOROCCO TRAVEL DIARY #3: ESSAOUIRA

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So after 2 nights in Marrakech (see post below), we were feeling like ending our trip with a relaxing day at the sea side, hence we hopped the bus towards the old Portuguese coastal town Essaouira. We decided to book the ride with ‘Supratours’, a company which offers a couple of departures every day. The single fare cost us only about 6 €, which is incredibly cheap considering the distance of 170 km! A taxi costs approximately 60 € (one way) for all passengers, but most of them don’t have an air condition at their disposal, so think twice before taking one! ;) Concerning the bus ride, you have to buy the tickets at one of the Supratours offices (the one we went to was located outside the Médina, in the near of the gate Bab Doukala), which I recommend you to do at least one day in advance! Besides Supratours, there is also a company called CTM which offers regular trips to Essaouira at roughly the same price. Essaouira is a charming little town full of young laid-back people and boasting about lots of art galleries, bars where live concerts are taking place every night and cozy restaurants offering both delicious sea food and traditional Moroccan dishes. In my opinion, it was the ideal spot to relax a little after our amazing but also hectic days in Marrakech. Don’t forget to bring along some warm clothes, as the temperatures in Essaouira (or probably anywhere on the Moroccan Atlantic coast) never exceed 27°C, not even during the summer months. It’s also very windy all year round and at night temperatures can even drop to only 17°C! Make sure to take a stroll around the harbor, preferably in the late afternoon when all the fishermen return with their haul.