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N1, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

The windswept seaside town of Essaouira, Morocco is loved as much for what it has—a tiny, well-preserved medina, cliff-top ramparts, and a funky vibe courtesy of many resident artists—as for what it doesn’t have: crowds. Summer...

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Rue Mohamed Ben Masoud, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

Try making a tagine at l’Atelier Madada, a cooking school in a former almond factory. Four-hour workshops led by a dada (female chef ) kick off with a trip to the nearby spice souk. Afterward you’ll prepare and eat a...

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Ahl Agadir, Essaouira, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

Essaouira’s reputation as an artistic haven harks back to its hippie pilgrimage past. (Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley both spent time here.) Damgaard Gallery highlights Morocco’s modern talent, including painters from the Gnaoua...

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3 Rue Mohamed Ben Messaoud, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

In an 18th-century riad (a traditional Moroccan home), Villa de l’O’s 12 rooms display sepia-tone photos of Essaouira on polished limestone walls. Berber cushions decorate the floors, and copper or wood-encased tubs are perfect...

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16 Rue Ceuta، الصويرة 44000, Morocco
It took only minutes after arrival for me to fall in (platonic) love with the riad's owner Jean Gabriel and his kind and helpful staff. Then, after checking in and getting a tour, I fell head over heels for Jean Gabriel's spectacular art...
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The ritual early morning feeding of the gulls at Essaouria's waterfront.
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Diabat, Morocco
I couldn’t get it out of my mind…like the time I heard that the Russian Cat Circus was performing in my city…I HAD to go and see those crazy Russian housecats perform tricks! Once I had heard that goats in Morocco climbed high up in trees, I was...