Essaouira, Morocco

Travel Diaries: A day in Essaouira

Marrakech is the city of clay colours. With dark red & orange buildings, where else Essaouira is the city of light washed with white & blue buildings. This beach city is bright compared to the darker hues of Marrakech. It was a quick day trip, but enough for me to fall in love. Spent most of the day walking & eating opposite the beach, which much needed as a day off from my busy Marrakech holiday.

My brother and I travelled together to Marrakech and the hotel we were staying at was very close to Marrakech train station, *by the way it is one of the prettiest stations I have seen. We took a coach from Supratours, which is just behind the station, we went there early in the morning booked our ticket then hopped onto the coach. Within two hours we were in Essaouira. 
Because we only planned to have a day trip, we couldn't do much in the City. But the first thing we did once we got off the coach was look for a Masjid to pray Dhuhr as we missed Dhuhr whilst on the coach. Luckily there was one close by, I think it was between 5-10 min walk. Guess what surprise surprise the Masjid was closed when we got there. *As I said in my previous post the Masjids in Marrakech are closed when it is not prayer time. We were very lucky that there was an old woman seated outside that Masjid who showed us the Qibla and we prayed just outside the door of the Masjid on some woven mats.
We then walked through the streets of Essaouira admiring the buildings and the colours, until we reached the beach. Where we then walked about in the sand, dipping our toes in the sea. There is something about the sea that I find therapeutic and luring. Sometimes I wish I could live in a beach city. Essaouira is just a gorgeous white washed city with the nice locals and beautiful beach.
After the beach, my brother and I walked around the pavements near the beach until we found a nice restaurant to eat in. it was important that had the perfect view of the sea and sand. We then spent the rest of the day chilling in the shade people watching and eating, lots of eating. 
It was time to pray Asr, spotted was a man praying in the corner of the beach on the sand. It was interesting as it was the first time I saw such a thing, both my brother and I wondered why not? So we asked to borrow his prayer mat, then prayed on the beach. It turns out that the man was a worker in the surf section of the beach. 
Through out this whole journey in Morrocco, we ended up praying in different random places that we would have never expected, it was amazing. The kindness and the generosity of the locals was something we were not used to and it made our stay extra special.
The one thing I regret not doing is eating the famous Essaouira Fish, next time InSha'Allah.


8 comments

  1. Lovely thanks for sharing in sha Allah one day I'll be able to visit here and see it

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  2. There is something about clay colored environments, makes you more in touch with nature... than of glass and steel. I'm so in love with these Mediterranean ambiance.

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  3. This seems like such a unique place! Feels like a walk through history almost. Enjoyed reading about your experience :)

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  4. Art and architecture of the place is so beautiful....hope you had rocking time over there....

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  5. I would love to go one day,. It just looks so stunning!

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  6. I would love to go to Morocco. Can you share why you chose to visit this city?

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  7. My dream to go to Morocco, Insha-Allah one day! So beautiful and love all the pictures. (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com and www.beautywithzainy.com)

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  8. Its amazing how so many places exist on this beautiful world which we are never aware of! But bloggers like yourself definitely enlighten us with the details which are amazing.

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