Essaouira...a surfer's paradise

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Our cute hotel in Essaouira.

Essaouira has been great.  It is so much cooler....only about 30 degrees and has a wonderful cool breeze blowing off of the ocean.

Last night, we arrived in Essaouira to find that our hotel rooms had been given away. We were all quite disappointed until we discovered that we got to upgrade to a beautiful and much nicer hotel close by.  The hotel is so cute. It is all open in the inside and is painted blue and white. There are sparrows all through the center and the rooms are cute with blue shutters that open to the courtyard.

We are very close to the ocean where countless people kite surf and sail.  I skipped out on kite surfing and last night, a bunch of us went to a local women that our tour guide knows to get some Henna done.

Getting henna done by a local woman.
It looks really great. Plus, it was really nice to have a chance to see a Moroccan family interacting with each other.  They were such nice people.

Last night, after our henna, the entire group went out for some delicious french moroccan food.  It was amazing.  I had some fresh fish and chocolate soup for desert. Yum....the nicest meal of the trip by far.

Today was very interesting. All of the females in my group decided to try out the local hammam.  We basically entered a large sauna where it was women only.  The ladies that work at the hamman scrubbed us with black soap and some warm exfoliant that smelled delicious like cloves. It was very warming.  They then wash your hair and dump big buckets of water on you.  Afterwards you get massaged with argan oil.  It was unlike anything Ive ever experienced....definately for the locals.  I got the bigger lady who was a little rougher than the others...interesting.  And noone wears their tops there....noone. Cultural experience....we were all laughing.

I spent the rest of the day wandering the local souqs.  Tonight is our last evening together as a group so we are going out for dinner.  Tomorrow we catch the train back to Casablanca where I will catch a flight back to Europe (Spain) and meet up with Carlos, my friend visiting from Peru.

margmack says:
Hotel looks lovely! very traditional style. Beautiful henna!!!!
Posted on: Dec 11, 2007
constantquantum says:
looks like a wonderful hotel. what was its name... perhaps you could upload a review. i am hoping to get to Morocco and Tunisia next spring and am looking for good places to stay on the cheap and on the fly.
Posted on: Aug 27, 2007
Eric says:
Sounds awesome -- Any photos of the surf? :)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2007
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Our cute hotel in Essaouira.
Our cute hotel in Essaouira.
Getting henna done by a local woma…
Getting henna done by a local wom…
The girls and their henna.
The girls and their henna.
Hanging out waiting for henna.
Hanging out waiting for henna.
The nicest guy in Essaouira.  Pain…
The nicest guy in Essaouira. Pai…
Overlooking the castle in the sand…
Overlooking the castle in the san…
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