Essaouria, Morocco

Michelle and I needed a change of scenery, so we decided to take a day trip to the nearby seaside town, Essaouria.


During the bus ride, we passed this scene. That’s right: goats climb trees. I was shaken awake by Michelle and thought I was dreaming (kudos to her for the photo.)


A two-and-a-half-hour bus ride from the city, Essaouria, like Chicago, is also known as The Windy City, and definitely lived up to its name. In Berber, the city name is Taṣṣurt which means “wall” and reference the fortresses that enclose the city. Essaouria is actually home to quite a few films, such as Orson Welles’s 1950’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.


Essaouria is nothing like Marrakech; it is very colorful with blue and white hues. It has its own smaller market/medina and is picturesque when one is looking for a quieter scene in Morocco. Michelle and I had a wonderful rooftop lunch overlooking a section of the town and its street performers. We walked along the beach, meandered in and out of the medina, climbed the fortress, and relaxed on the beach.




Overall it was a great venture out of the big city, and one I would highly recommend!

For Michelle’s take, check out her post here.



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