Explore the medieval city Essaouira with its picturesque harbor, the UNESCO protected medina, city walls which gives nice views over the Atlantic Ocean, its sandy beaches and taste the fresh fish in one of the local restaurants.
A 3-hour drive from Marrakech takes you to the medieval looking town Essaouira, formaly known as Mogador. The authentic Medina is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Before arriving in Essaouira, stop for a nice view over the white city and the Atlantic Ocean. A first visit is the picturesque harbour where in the morning fishing boats unload their catch of the day and where the fish is sold by bid. There is still a small wharf where wooden boats are build. A walk on the Sqala with its bronze cannons rewards you with magnificant views over the harbour and Mogador Island. The walk continues over the city walls where you get an overview of the Medina with its narrow streets and white houses with blue shutters. The Medina is home to numerous art galleries, handicraft shops, work shops where carpenters make the finest objects from the thuja wood, souks of spices, silver and precious stones.
Also worth a visit is the Mellah which is the Jewish Quarter in the northern part of the town and the museum Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah which holds a collection of old crafts, weapons, jewelry, musical instruments, carpets and beautiful silk costumes. Taste the fresh grilled seafood in one of the local restaurants at the port or the Medina (own expense) and have a walk on the beach or a camel ride before heading back to Marrakech.