Essaouira, 5 reasons for a family trip

Essaouira (Arabic: الصويرة) is a destination for all ages. The windy city is a perfect compromise between the beach and adventure or culture and tranquility.

1- With mild weather throughout the year, its famous wind refreshes the heat of spring and summer, intense inside the country. The winter is mild and quiet, ideal for combining the pleasures of the sea with the cultural offerings of the city.

Essaouira's beach
Essaouira’s beach

2- A variety of accommodation for all tastes and prices, which may range from hostels, campsites, charming villas, traditional riads with personal and intimate atmosphere and luxury hotels offer high quality services.

Heure Bleue Palais – Relais & Châteaux
Heure Bleue Palais – Relais & Châteaux

3- Regardless your age or interests, Essaouira has several entertainment options. A walk in the Medina, at the beach, windsurfing or kite surfing for the adventurous or riding a horse or a camel. To the more traditional, a Moroccan cooking class, relax with a massage at a spa or enjoy a freshly caught fish.

Essaouira beach, dromedary tour
Essaouira beach, dromedary tour

4- In Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find an unusual tranquility in a youthful environment. You will find typical products of Moroccan handicraft, but also other artists who exhibit and sell their works of art. Or you may simply accept the offer of mint tea and listening to the stories the elders have to tell.

An alley of the Medina of Essaouira
An alley in the Medina of Essaouira

5- For true lovers of the sea, you can not miss a visit to the walls of the old Portuguese fort, from where you can enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the Atlantic Ocean.

Essaouira, the old Portuguese fort walls
Essaouira, the old Portuguese fort walls

Something you must know: For traditional music lovers and world music, Essaouira organizes every year in May, the Gnaoa Music Festival, which brings to the city the best traditional sub-Saharan musicians and thousands of festival-goers, from all over the world.