Esaouira, old Mogador, since ancient crossroads of peoples and civilizations,
It is a charming seaside town of Morocco that seems lost in the confines of time.
Speaking of time, it made a bad reception, the wind and rain accompanied us most of the day, but it was worth the two-hour drive from Marrakech.
City with French and Portuguese accents, love you and invites you to visit it with calm and unhurried. The most attractive is its old medina painted blue and white, the smell of the sea, the wind whipping the coast without stopping, her blue boats resting on the Atlantic and the coming and going of seagulls hover around the harbor.
His intense sunsets reflected in the eyes of the crowd, and as the wind split the last rays of light, the sun sinks slowly in the Atlantic. Essaouira is an oasis of tranquility. Not a sound. The city lives in a world apart, gently absorbed, far from the chaotic bustle Moroccan. Essaouira, whose name derives from the word Souirah, “beautifully drawn,” is a city of wide streets and ordered that encourage cross them again and again. In whose heart the woodcarvers, goldsmiths, artists, small businesses and the old European hippies refuge.
Former fishing village, whose medina has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO , is above all a quiet place where you can appreciate the daily lives of Moroccans, their customs and their essence. Also tourists, especially French.
Essaouira is known as the Windy City, it will not surprise us to see many windsurfers who come to this beautiful city from around the world.
“Astapor” or “Bay of the Slaves” and baptized in the final chapters of the third installment of “Game of Thrones”
Orson Welles also came to the Windy City in 1949 to film his epic version of ” Othello “.
But not only cinema has links to Essaouira, music also played an important role. Figures from the likes of Cat Stevens, Frank Zappa, Bob Marley and Jimmy Hendrix to the very decided to settle in Essaouira, part of the hippie community that had formed in the city in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
To make a short mention of its history, we say that this started in 700 BC when the Phoenicians called at the islands of Mogador, as it was formerly called the city-. Years later, a factory of purple very coveted by the Romans settled in the city, it was soon to be dubbed “Purple Islands” because in it some molluscs provided dyes real layers of Roman emperors were.
Occupying a strategic promontory, the small town was becoming an important fishing port which attracted merchants and sailors.The sailing tradition of Portugal came quickly to the city and she dropped anchor in the early eleventh century.