To the west of Marrakech lies the charming town of Essaouira with its blue & white painted houses, excellent food, the unspoilt medina, ancient battlements and the harbour. This place is all about relaxing and unwinding (Something both Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix enjoyed here) and is known for its friendly and laid-back feel. Essaouira has 320 days of sunshine. With its wind and wild waves, Essaouira is the windsurfing capital of Africa; kitesurfing and surfing are also popular. Close to the harbour is a long row of fish restaurants all vying for your attention. A morning coffee at Driss cafe after you have been to the fish market or afternoon tea at the cafe on the corner of Derb Lalouj after some haggling in the souks is recommended. As Essaouira is a seaside resort, then the beach is what people come here for. There are miles of superb sand, and it’s a centre of activity with horse and camel riding, football and jogging all being carried out at varying times of the day. We recconmend a trip out from your Essaouira villa is a visit to the Souks for browsing spice and jewellery markets, rugs, wall hangings, copper and workshops, where the local thuya wood is crafted. There is a daily market in the old Medina selling fresh local produce and should be visited to sample real Moroccan way of life. Essaouira has also become known for its annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival in June which features Morocco’s mystical gnaoua music and attracts up to 450,000 people, including jazz musicians and rock stars. Held over 3 days, they are made up of master musicians (maalem), metal castanet players, clairvoyants, mediums and their followers. Book an Essaouira villa with us today.