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Essaouira-capital of Moroccan hip meets historical seaport

City served as Morocco's main port until the end of the 19th century

City served as Morocco's main port until the end of the 19th century

Gate into old town medina; more art galleries and creative products sold here compared to standard medina fare

Gate into old town medina; more art galleries and creative products sold here compared to standard medina fare

Within the medina are many riads, old palaces now turned into hotels; we stayed in one and found it preferable to the modern hotels lining the beach

Within the medina are many riads, old palaces now turned into hotels; we stayed in one and found it preferable to the modern hotels lining the beach

City known for excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing on protected, almost waveless, bay; you could also pay for a camel ride on the beach

City known for excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing on protected, almost waveless, bay; you could also pay for a camel ride on the beach

Locals believe that only meat from male animals should be eaten so butchers display their meat showing certain maleparts

Locals believe that only meat from male animals should be eaten so butchers display their meat showing certain maleparts

Central square; outside old town the apartments and shops were quite generic and unattractive; lots of trash

Central square; outside old town the apartments and shops were quite generic and unattractive; lots of trash

The catch of the day was prepared according to the buyer's request; healthy seagull population encouraged sales of hats

The catch of the day was prepared according to the buyer's request; healthy seagull population encouraged sales of hats

It never gets very hot here; the weather is similar to that of Santa Monica, CA

It never gets very hot here; the weather is similar to that of Santa Monica, CA

At one point Jews comprised almost 40% o the local population; Moroccan Jews are one of the largest groups in Israel

At one point Jews comprised almost 40% of the local population; Moroccan Jews are one of the largest groups in Israel

The Portuguese built the city defenses; despite direct flights from Europe there were relatively few tourists

The Portuguese built the city defenses; despite direct flights from Europe there were relatively few tourists

Across the country we've seen nice new streets, lined with palms and streetlights; the infrastructure for lots of expansion was completed before the financial crisis caused construction to suddenly stop

Across the country we've seen nice new streets, lined with palms and streetlights; the infrastructure for lots of expansion was completed before the financial crisis caused construction to suddenly stop

City one of the best anchorages on the Moroccan coast because it is protected by several off-shore islands

City one of the best anchorages on the Moroccan coast because it is protected by several off-shore islands

Until the 1960s Essaouira was generally known by its Portuguese name, Mogador

Until the 1960s Essaouira was generally known by its Portuguese name, Mogador

The wide beach wasn't very busy; the water was an unattractive brown and chilly

The wide beach wasn't very busy; the water was an unattractive brown and chilly

We had plenty of long days on the bus; I gave Lee a book to read but he was never able to get very far before sleep would overtake him

We had plenty of long days on the bus; I gave Lee a book to read but he was never able to get very far before sleep would overtake him

Moroccan homes are noted for their interiors while the exteriors are largely ignored; from the outside, intentionally, you couldn't tell an affluent home from an ordinary one

Moroccan homes are noted for their interiors while the exteriors are largely ignored; from the outside, intentionally, you couldn't tell an affluent home from an ordinary one

The medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the medina was similar to others in Morocco but there were local specialties such as wood carving and cabinet making

The medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the medina was similar to others in Morocco but there were local specialties such as wood carving and cabinet making

Present city was built during the 18th century by Mohammed III who wanted a port as close as possible to Marrakesh

Present city was built during the 18th century by Mohammed III who wanted a port as close as possible to Marrakesh

The Berber alphabet was challenging so we just hoped others spoke a little English

The Berber alphabet was challenging so we just hoped others spoke a little English

The 1952 movie Othello with Orson Welles was shot largely in Essaouira; supposedly Welles met Winston Churchill who was also in the city at the time

The 1952 movie Othello with Orson Welles was shot largely in Essaouira; supposedly Welles met Winston Churchill who was also in the city at the time

Fishing fleet mainly catches sardines and conger eels

Fishing fleet mainly catches sardines and conger eels

Jimi Hendrix lived here in the 1960s giving the city some cache among hippies and that vibe carries over today

Jimi Hendrix lived here in the 1960s giving the city some cache among hippies and that vibe carries over today

Lee really enjoyed his morning runs along the beach; plenty of space and great weather

Lee really enjoyed his morning runs along the beach; plenty of space and great weather

Women's cooperative made products from argan nuts; the trees are found only in this area of Morocco

Women's cooperative made products from argan nuts; the trees are found only in this area of Morocco

Another Moroccan city that has served as a set for the television series, Game of Thrones

Another Moroccan city that has served as a set for the television series, Game of Thrones

Attractive city in which to wander, whether through the medina or for a long walk down the beach promenade

Attractive city in which to wander, whether through the medina or for a long walk down the beach promenade

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