Essaouira Medina Life…….
Essaouira has the most charming Medina, easy to navigate . Not only steeped in ancient history, but still holding on to that hippie vibe that Marrakech is slowly losing………
As you wander the weather worn streets of the Medina the bright Moroccan sun bounces of the cracked white washed walls and the chipped weather worn blue paint flakes from of the windows and doors. Giving the buildings that shabby chic look. To your left and right are mysterious alleyways.The children play in the streets and leave their doors ajar showing flashes of the brightly coloured Moorish tiles……….
After a good explore, the sea air always makes me hungry and ready for Lunch time. Across the main square towards the fishing port is Essaourias version of the Marrakech D’Jemal Fna giant outdoor barbecue, the only difference is this is held in the daytime. Heaps of fresh fish from the morning catch are on display for you to chose from, so fresh that sometimes they can be spotted tying to slowly saunter of the counter and back to the sea……..
Just chose your selection, pay by the kilo or gram and your all set for a slap up fishy lunch, served with chips and salad.
After lunch take a wander down to the port……past the juicy oranges
and the sea shell sellers
And watch the Fisherman, fold away their nets, beside their boats that co ordinate beautifully as they are painted the same vivid blue as the doors and windows of the Essaouira houses.
For a 10dhs fee you can climb the stairs that take you up onto the ramparts of the old portugese fort that, along with seagulls stands guard over the entrance to the harbour.
Ahh Medina life in Essaouira …………………….
You can visit Essaouira easily from Marrakech, you can catch the bus from the CTM bus station around the corner from the Marrakech train station and be there for a Fish Lunch and back again in the sameday.