04.06.2014 - 04.06.2014
Having a few days left in Morocco, we decided to do a day trip over to the coastal city of Essaouira. Built by the Portuguese, the city is unusual in having a grid plan and looked like the cities of the Iberian peninsula. On the way to the city we stopped by an argon tree that had an unusual forager in its boughs.
Being a coastal city, the main form of income is either tourism or fishing. Most of the signs are in French and if you are thinking of coming to Morocco don't worry about learning Arabic as most speak the French language from the countries colonial past.
Having been inland for the majority of the trip we opted for some typical Moroccan dishes with seafood. The first dish is a tomato tagine with shrimp and limes and the second dish a halibut kebab.
Even here we had beggers demanding stuff.
Contrary to the bigger cities the market areas were calm and laid back. The back streets were only populated by felines and a few dogs. It was a nice break from hot and dusty Marrakech.
The coastal fortifications are still intact and have the original guns still in place, making for some nice views over the Atlantic ocean.
The beach is known for its wind and is popular with wind surfers and kite enthusiasts. Having a nice stroll down the promenade we chatted with this guy who then tried to sell us various baked goods including moon cookies with marijuana. Declining those, I had the banana muffins with honeyed sesame seeds on top and a cinnamon cookie. Most deserts here are covered in bees so we have opted not to eat those and have had no luck in getting a picture.