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Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki – adventure by sea and land

October 26, 2015

When you think about Morocco, couscous, Berber tribes, exotic spices and fairytale palaces immediately come to mind. But it is the hospitality of its people and the cultural and natural diversity that will enchant you most.
One of our favourite destinations to get to know Morocco is the small coastal town of Essaouira and the region just south of it. Essaouira boasts a beautiful Medina, which is smaller than the one in Marrakech, although you can also get lost in its narrow streets if not paying attention. Small towers dominate the skyline as well as the characteristic blue and white houses, the fish market and the harbour, where you can watch the fishermen doing their daily work. If you ever wanted to experience the fascination of the Orient live and in color, this is exactly the right place to be. It is not surprising that Essaouira was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2011.
Besides the beauty of the city, also the surrounding are definitely worth discovering. Just 17 km south lies the Berber village of Sidi Kaouki, where one long sandy beach follows the next, which lets the heart of every wave rider, kite- or windsurfer, beat faster. But it is not only known for its water sports. Sidi Kaouki also stands out for laid back relaxation and some gastronomic highlights whir you least expect it. Our clear favourite of this area is the La Mouette et Les Dromadaires, a typical Moroccan restaurant, where the fish and the seafood are “to die for”. Fresh mackerel tartare with coconut milk or Oualidia oysters with fresh mint tea. Just reading the menu will make your mouth water.
After a delicious meal on a lazy afternoon, there are a lot of possible activities waiting for you, such as yoga, horseback riding, paragliding, hiking, fishing or quad biking. Or you can take a ‘vehicle’, which perfectly suits the region: a camel. It is the best way to explore the dunes, beaches and forests and each wobbly step of the camel will take you deeper into this country and its wonderful culture.
At the end of a fulfilled day you can stay in a Riad in Essaouira or if you prefer to escape from the bustling city-life, an accommodation in the region around Tidzi-Smimou and Sidi Kaouki. Feel-good atmosphere is in the air in any case. So what keeps you still at home? Camels, surfboards and plenty of types of tajine are waiting for you!

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