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  • Day94

    Die Küstenstadt Essaouira

    December 5, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Auf unserem Weg Richtung Casablanca legten wir einen Zwischenstop im kleinen Küstenstadt Essaouira ein. Schon unser erster Host in Genf hat von diesem Ort geschwärmt und wir wurden nicht enttäuscht. Essaouira hat einen sehr entspannten und entschleunigenden Charme. Obwohl das Örtchen eigentlich berühmt für Kitesurfing ist, war es die drei Tage die wir dort verbrachten ziemlich windstill und leider auch ziemlich wellenarm. Deshalb haben wir die Zeit genutzt, um....
    .... zu entspannen!
    .... wieder gesund zu werden (Christoph)!
    .... am Strand entlang zu spazieren!
    .... zum Friseur zu gehen, nachdem meine Haare so lang waren, dass ich mir am Gasherd im letzten Hostel aus Versehen eine Strähne versenkt habe 😅 (echt witzig nur mir Google Translator, aber ich bin voll zufrieden!)
    .... mal wieder ein paar Filme zu schauen.
    .... und uns auf unsere bevorstehende Ägyptenreise vorzubereiten ✈️
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  • May6

    Essaouira

    May 6, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    A 3 and a half hour bus ride from Marrakech brought us to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. We knew we were going to like it as soon as we stepped off the bus, the air is much cleaner and cooler with the sea breeze, the white painted town is beautiful and the atmosphere is much more relaxed and easy-going. Essaouira, which used to be called Mogador, has a reputation as a hippy town, popular for water sports and once home to Jimi Hendrix.
    We did some exploring of the old Medina, where there are still hundreds of little shops on tiny streets but without the motorbikes which were always racing around Marrakesh which makes it much quieter and more chilled out. We had a falafel wrap from a little street food place and walked down to the fishing port to see the old city walls and all the little blue boats. Vera had an encounter with a live Lobster which was a little closer than she would have liked.
    In the evening we sat outside a restaurant for some dinner and mint tea and did some people watching. Ramadan is more noticeable here, most of the little shops close up just before sunset so that the people can break their fast as soon as the mosques start the call.
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  • May9

    Essaouira - Port and City wall

    May 9, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    In our last morning in Essaouira we spent some time at the Port, checking out the local fish market where (for a change) no one tried to sell anything to us. Extremely strong fish smell and lots and lots of seagulls. Then we headed up to the city wall built by the Portugese for some great views before going back to the riad to pick up our bags.
    Our bus was to Agadir but we were told to ask the driver whether he can drop us of at Tagazhout to save some time. (It is around 40 minutes north of Agadir.) He agreed to it so 2,5hrs later we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere by the main road to walk the last bit off to Taghazout. We had a couple of hours before sunset to go to the beach so Tom could dip in for the first time.
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  • Day3

    Blue Boats in Essaouira

    May 3, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Having chilled out for a while our group reassembled to begin a sunset photography workshop and an opportunity to see the blue fishing boats for which Essaouira is well known. You can see from the main photo in this footprint the option of sunset photography was no option at all - it was cloudy. You'd think we were in Britain.

    We wandered down to the port in any case and found a myriad of blue boats huddled, or more accurately squashed, together which meant finding a good composition for a photo was quite hard. We stayed here for a while but then Katrina said we must leave, which perplexed a few of the group because everything seemed fine - but it wasn't. As we walked away an argument broke out between some of the Moroccon fishermen then, as we looked back, people were shouting at each other and quite a large group on their blue boats were pushing and shoving each other and shouting in a very intimidating way. Katrina was right, we did need to leave.

    So we headed to the beach area to find photographic opportunities there and stayed until it was almost dark. Some of the group concentrated on beach parasol silhouettes, me included, and others photographed reflections across the beach. I wish I'd done that in the end because I felt I wasted too much time trying get get an image that wasn't really worth it. C'est la vie!

    We finished the evening with a meal together then went our separate ways to our various hotels. Tomorrow we start our journey across Morocco and towards the Sahara desert so, for me, the most interesting part of the trip is about to begin.
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  • Day146

    Ein Tag im Shopping Paradies

    November 27, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Heute stand ganz klar schlendern und Preise vergleichen auf unserem Programm. Denn wir würden gerne auf unserer Rückreise von Marokko einen Teppich kaufen!

    Zunächst fuhren wir mit Happy, eine Reisebekanntschaft von Jana, in die Stadt und aßen unglaublich leckeres Gebäck.

    Danach ging es dann schon von Geschäft zu Geschäft! Überall gab es Tücher, Taschen, Teppiche usw.

    Jonas und Ruben kauften sich ein traditionelles Gewand - heißt Djeballa.

    Irgendwann waren Jana und ich dann auch schon alleine unterwegs, völlig in der Stadt verloren und fanden uns plötzlich in einem Gewürzladen. Ich sollte einen Brief für Mohammed schreiben, er bekommt für seine Familie Kleidung aus Deutschland. Ich schrieb den Brief natürlich gerne, obwohl ich mir nicht sicher war ob es eine Verkaufsmasche war oder nicht. Als Dankeschön bekamen wir einen Tee.

    Da wir noch Arganöl kaufen wollten, führte er uns durch kleine schmale Gassen, in die sich kaum noch ein Tourist verirrt, und plötzlich saßen wir selbst am Mahlstein, probierten und testeten Öle.

    Nach vielen weiteren Geschäften waren wir in der Teppichabteilung, hier hieß es für mich erstmal schauen und Preise abschätzen. Wir trafen auf einen Laden in dem die jungen Männer ihre Tajine aßen und uns das Angebot machten uns dazuzusetzen und zu probieren. Das erste mal Kamelfleisch, zwischen Marokkanern in einem Teppichladen - war das alles aufregend!

    Jana kaufte hier auch Ihren ersten Teppich. Danach waren wir müde und machten uns auf den Heimweg!

    Während wir den ganzen Tag bummeln waren, kaufte Ruben sich eine Shisha und die Jungs hatten einen entspannten Tag.

    (Wiebke schrieb den Text)
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  • Day5

    El Jadida e Essaouira

    April 14, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Deixamos Casablanca para trás em direção à cidadela portuguesa em El Jadida, património mundial da UNESCO. Campos de cereais, cultivados à mão e com arados puxados a cavalo ou burro, separam as duas cidades. Ainda é possível ver alguns acampamentos nómadas nesta planura sem fim. Rapazes montados nos seus cavalos ou burritos parecem atarefados neste domingo de manhã.
    É um sítio interessante, Mazagão - El Jadida agora. A cisterna portuguesa é imensa e acumulava água da chuva, num depósito abobadado de 34mx 34m, com uma profundidade a rondar os três metros. É um local belo e silencioso. Temos um ancião vestido de branco a explicar-nos a descoberta recente e o funcionamento deste tesouro português - 1906. O forno comunitário também nos é mostrado por um marroquino. Continuam a cozer o pão para as famílias que vivem na cidadela. Os panos de louça em cada tabuleiro de madeira definem a família que os virá recolher. Só é pena que estes guias fiquem maldispostos de imediato se não concluirmos a visita com uns dirham... Mas a cidade vale a pena a vinda e a vista para o mar, a partir dos baluartes portugueses, é magnífica.
    Separam-nos ainda mais de duzentos quilómetros de Essaouira. A temperatura ronda os 34 graus na autoestrada. A paisagem fica cada vez mais castanha, a assemelhar-se ao Alentejo em pleno verão. O país parece empobrecer a cada quilómetro. Toda a gente parece andar de burro e ainda vemos muitas terras a serem lavradas com a sua ajuda. Os arados são de lâmina simples, encavados nuns barrotes tortos de madeira. Em contrapartida, temos que ultrapassar enfardadeiras gigantes nas estradas que ondulam ao sabor das searas.
    Assim que entramos em Essaouira a maresia invade-nos e a maré baixa deixa todos os veraneantes à vontade para desfrutar da praia até bem depois do pôr-do-sol.
    Nada melhor do que terminar o dia a comer uns camarões e um linguado grelhados nos restaurantes dos pescadores ao pé do porto, seguida de uma volta pela atarefada Medina que começou a esmorecer lá para a meia-noite...
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  • Day10

    Essouira: die blaue Stadt

    October 10, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach der langen Rückfahrt von der Sahara habe ich einen Tag darauf die nächste Tour nach Essouira gemacht, die Stadt liegt idyllisch an der Küste Marokkos. Auf dem Weg hierher konnte man überall Ziegen auf Bäumen sehen, ein komischer Anblick, würde man es den Tieren doch gar nicht zutrauen. Auch konnte man sich auf dem Hinweg ein Bild von der Arganöl Produktion machen.Read more

  • Day7

    Essaouria

    November 1, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Nach unserem Aufenthalt in Casablanca, wendeten wir uns von Hektit und Trubel ab und fuhren gleich am Morgen weiter Richtung Süden in das kleine Fischerdorf Essaouira.

    Essaouira ist ein verhältnismäßig moderner Ort direkt an der Küste mit kleinem Fischerhafen, langem Sandstrand und einer sehr gemütlichen Medina. Trotz vieler Touristen ist die Atmosphäre eher entspannt und ruhiger als in den großen Städten.

    Auf unserem Weg von Casablanca nach Essaouira fuhren wir entlang der Küste. Wir nutzen das wunderschöne warme Wetter und machten einen Stop an einem verlassenen sehr schönen Sandstrand um ein wenig marokkanische Bräune zu bekommen. Einen weiteren Stop machten wir zum Essen in Safi, die Stadt mit einem der größten Häfen in Marokko und bekannt für ihre Fischer, dementsprechend wurden wir auch blöd angeschaut als wir 2 Gerichte mit Hähnchen bestellten, die extra für uns von auswertig geholt werden mussten. Das erklärte auch den für Marokko doch sehr saftigen Preis. Gut gestärkt ging es dann aber weiter nach Essaouira, treffsicher haben wir uns dort auch den teuersten Parkplatz gesucht, waren aber einfach froh angekommen zu sein da wir gefühlt den Großteil des Tages nur im Auto saßen. Also gab es Abends nur noch ein Brot mit Avovado im Zimmer und sind dann schnell eingeschlafen. Am nächsten Tag als wir zum Auto kamen sahen wir dann wie beim Einparken jemand gegen unseren Wagen fuhr, jedoch mit einer Gelassenheit als ob nichts passiert wäre grinste er nur und ging einfach seiner Wege. Hoffentlich kriegen wir keine Probleme mit der Autovermietung.
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  • Day6

    Essaouira

    November 6, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Again we arrived late in our destination, the bus terminal was quite far outside of the medina where we had booked our hotel. So we walked about half an hour through the old, uneven streets before we finally managed to arrive at the hotel in a small, dark alley. But yet again we were surprised by the beautiful interior of old wooden floors and doors mixed with lots of green plants and colourfully painted walls. The room was spacious with two stories to sleep.
    After settling in we went out to get some falafel that were recommended by our hotel concierge. And they were really tasty with just the right spiciness. With new energy we decided to make a nightly walk down to the harbour district. The main plaza was still very lively and we enjoyed the views over the city with the glow of lanterns. Some live music was played nearby and we detected the source at a rooftop bar overlooking the harbour. We joined the crowd that was already there to get some beers and snacks. The music was really good so we had a blast there until late at night :)
    I'm the morning we took a pretty good but small breakfast in the hotel before hitting the streets again. As in every city here in Morocco we've been to before, there was a market and we got ourselves some snacks to make up for the breakfast ;) Afterwards we walked along the old walls that protect the city from the weather. At one point there was a lot cation that was used in the Game of Thrones series :) We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the city and spent more time in the alleys, markets and a restaurant than we had initially planned. But then we needed to get in the bus again for the journey to Casablanca...
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  • Day32

    A long stay in Essaouira

    January 1, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Next stop is some summer sun on the beach at Essaouira and a Norfolk reunion with Pete, who has flown out to see me between Christmas and new year.

    So after a quick catch up on news, we get our priorities sorted and look for a place to show the Liverpool v Man City game. We end up in this back street bar watching the game and get speaking to a Senegalese guy called Adam. We buy him a couple of drinks as we hear about Senegal and how he is in Morocco as a musician. Through broken franglais, a couple of small beers and an hour of time it seems Adam is now our lifelong friend.  After then buying him dinner and seeing where he lives and quite firmly refusing to tell him where we are staying, we still can't decide if he is really friendly, scrounging, or a bit dodgy. After seeing him play a terrible rendition of 'jamming' by Bob Marley we decide he is mixture of the first 2 options. So harmless, but we can see that if he sees us we will not lose him for the whole day.  So for the next 3 days in Essaouira we play this ridiculous game where we pick our routes to wander based on if we can see (or are likely to see) Adam.

    I also learnt from Pete the way to deal with persistent shop owners trying to sell you stuff is to just say "je suis russe". Most of the shop owners speak Arabic, Berber, French, English, Spanish and German...but not Russian. However Pete's pasty skin allows him to pass for Russian, but for me they all just speak to me in Spanish.
     
    Finally I need to apologise to Pete as the last couple of days I was a bit rubbish having got a mild mixture of heat stroke, manflu and dodgy stomach. I finally left the picturesque but tiny town 6 days after I arrived! I never want to suffer the nervousness that is a cold / dodgy stomach mixture. Every sneeze felt like a risk!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Essaouira, Essaouira Province, الصويرة, Provincia de Esauira, Essaouiran provinssi, Provincia di Essaouira

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