Essaouira — Morocco’s Hip Side: G Adventures

Essaouira — Morocco’s Hip Side: G Adventures — December 2015.

Perched on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, the blue and white-washed coastal village of Essaouira has forever welcomed artists and artisans.

For many visitors to Morocco, the main destination is Marrakech. This popular city is a must-see in the country, for sure, but for an entirely different experience in Morocco, my pick is Essaouira. Located on the Atlantic coast about two-and-a-half hours from Marrakech by bus, Essaouira is known as the Windy City of Africa due to the strong coastal winds that sweep through almost constantly.

With just 10 percent of the population of Marrakech, the smaller city is far easier to navigate and explore. It’s distinctly Moroccan, with its walled medina, narrow alleyways, souks and Berber influence; yet it’s also a place with a young, vibrant, artistic vibe. Here is a guide to experiencing the hip cultural scene of Essaouira.

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