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Essaouira, Morocco

Ramparts of Essaouira

Situated on the western Atlantic coast of Morocco, Essaouira is a charming coastal fishing town. Through the centuries it has changed hands, from Portuguese and French, and additionally at one time also had a large Jewish population. Because of this you can see and taste the remnants of those influences today. To get to Essaouira we took a local bus, Supratours from Marrakesh. We bought our ticket in Marrakesh the day before to ensure a spot. The bus was newer, very comfortable and a affordable option. Upon arriving, we purchased our return ticket to Marrakesh for the following afternoon. Once there, it's easy to explore with a simple map the shops of the medina and the harbor laden with blue fishing boats. We also took a break at a local Haman, which was just ok. Lastly, try the Pastilla. A local specialty we were told, which is made up of phyllo dough type crust that's stuffed with shredded chicken and crushed almonds, and to top it off sprinkled with powered sugar and cinnamon.