Essaouira, Morocco
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Desert meets water
After more than a year spent living and traveling in Morocco, I still count Essaouira as one of my favorite spots. The town is the best of Morocco--lovely to the eye, easy and convenient to visit (with lots of tourist amenities), but lacking in the hustler vibe of Tangier and some other Moroccan hot spots. You can ride a camel on the beach, wade in the water yourself, grab a quintessentially Moroccan meal before exploring the souq (market) for local crafts to purchase, and just generally enjoy this truly chill, welcoming town.
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