Essaouira-Mogador, the bride of the Atlantic
With notched walls, the whisper of trade winds, homes with white and blue facades – thecolors of ocean foam and waves –Essaouirahas earned the nickname “Bride of the Atlantic”.
The coastal city once known as Mogador is a place where the good life and water-oriented pastimes go hand in hand. Take a quiet walk in the shade of its ramparts, which also stand in for the walls of Astapor, the red city on the television series “Game of Thrones”. Climb to the top of them and retrace a watchman’s rounds: from here you can see the Iles Purpuraires and the hawks and seagulls that soar over the nature preserve. In the distance, surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing fanatics can’t get enough of the quality winds!
Your walk will lead you to the fishing port and its animated sailors. Not far from there, the fish market entices with the night’s haul of fish and seafood. The interlaced alleys of the medina await you in the town center. This UNESCO-listed medina is one of the finest in Morocco. Finally, each summer the city is overtaken by music as the Gnaoua festival celebrates the marriage of North African and sub-Saharan rhythms.
The Mogador eco-resort is the perfect hotel. For several years, Morocco has been aggressively implementing sustainable tourism principles. This resort is part of the movement, as are the area’s beaches, whose “Pavillon Bleu” seals attest to their quality.
Come to relax, wear yourself out and be culturally enriched: the mesmerizing Essaouira-Mogador is a destination that offers 1,001 possibilities!
Sports in Essaouira-Mogador
The walls of Essaouira feel like a cocoon: wind through the alleys and take a timeless stroll along the parapet. It is an enchanting environment for relaxing and for flexing your muscles. Essaouira is full of sports and activities you have to try.
Head to the beaches, where the Atlantic Ocean serves up wind and waves for your pleasure. See for yourself why Essaouira is a hot spot for surfing, kite-surfing and windsurfing. Perhaps you will rent a land yacht and let the wind carry you across vast stretches of golden sand.
You may also step away from the beach and hop on a bike to explore the city and its surroundings. Work your way through the streets of downtown Essaouira and pedal to the beats of local musicians. Outside the city, your adventure will take an athletic turn on one of the area’s many trails that snake through gorgeous landscapes dotted with man-made lakes.
Finally, the Mogador golf course offers a more laid-back recreational opportunity. This 18-hole course is considered to be one of the most exciting in the world.
The untamed beauty of the city once known as Mogador will amaze you in more ways than one. Argan trees, cedars, Norfolk pines and other evergreens blanket nearly half the province of Essaouira, which is one of the most densely wooded regions in the kingdom. To preserve this protected ecosystem comprising forests, dunes, lakes, ocean and undeveloped coastline, a sustainable tourism industry that honors the environment has been emerging in recent years.
To meet the corresponding standards, the Mogador Islands across from the port from Essaouira have been transformed into a nature reserve. They are now a sanctuary for Eleonora’s falcons, seagulls and other birds. The islands also protect the bay and the unsurpassed find sandy beaches of Essaouira from the Atlantic’s mighty waves.
With beaches such as Chicht, Sidi Kaouki, Azrou and Tafedna, anyone who likes swimming, camel-back riding or water sports will get their fill of fun.
When you come to the province, take time to see the only certified organic winemaking estate in Morocco, the Val d’Argan vineyards, which are nestled in the hollow of a small valley in the shade of argan trees and olive trees.
Proof that in Essaouira, you can immerse yourself in nature, too.
Beach in Essaouira-Mogador
Essaouira invites you to discover Mogador, a seaside eco-resort designed solely for your enjoyment. This ultramodern development offers every amenity while advancing the goals of sustainable development. Your stay here will be perfect and you can use the resort as a base to explore the nearby beaches.
Surfers and lovers of any other wind and wave sport must go to Sidi Kaouki, where the northeast winds are strong. They stir up the water, agitate the surf and create impressive waves, including tubes you can ride to demonstrate your prowess!
Sidi Kaouki is also the perfect place for walks. The beach extends for miles in a beautiful, protected setting that combines nature’s beauty with the city’s historical legacy. Visitors are also encouraged to trek through the sand on the back of a camel or horse. These outings make for charming vacation memories.
Cap Sim, which features great relaxation opportunities, is closer to Essaouira. Cut off from the rest of the region by a strip of dunes, you can relax in total peace and quiet amidst magnificent landscapes.
Essaouira has earned its title as “Bride of the Atlantic”. It is bound to the ocean by its gorgeous beaches and promises you a most pleasant stay!