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This is the party town of morocco â€“ the bodrum of morocco, the
The beach is windy so itâ€™s good for surfing thatâ€™s more than it. It doesnâ€™t have the jet skis, the banana boats etc.
the medina is just a 5 minute walk from the main bus station so there is no need to take a taxi or any transportation which a lot of hustlers would want you to take but you just need to be firm though not rude at saying no.
Most of the activity in essaouira is normally limited in the precincts of the medina and especially at the time of the GNAOA festival. The festival comprises a number of individual concerts and other events. If someone has been to the WSF (world social forum) events where they have numerous activities taking place at different times would normally understand how the thing works. So all these events start from the time till late at night. This is also the time when all the small riads and apartments are occupied and small time people when they see tourists start renting out their apartments for a few nights.
Furthermore the best events are reserved for the night right at the entrance of the Bab e medina â€“ I guess that was the name! This is place where the best atmosphere can be seen from onwards until . Though I should be putting a word of caution that when one goes at night to this and one should then leave your money and cameraâ€™s in the place you are staying since there are lots of fights when the concert takes place and there are trained pick pockets and hustlers who waste no time in ridding you of your valuables when you are busy in looking at whatâ€™s happening. These people hunt in packs so itâ€™s very difficult for individual people to do anything so itâ€™s better to maintain a low profile.
The atmosphere in the concerts is amazing although with lots of people on a high! So one should take care that one is not flying and talking to the sky!!!! The Moroccans dance on these tones adroitly and their movements would make any ballerina go to shame. A lot of the performers are gangta rap artists, French ones and the local ones. The one thing common in them is they can grab audiences.
The medina is one big place with a number of alleys and Babs (doors). I think Bab â€“ zerktouni is famous for the two restaurants one is a pizza place and the other serves very good breakfast. So in different babâ€™s one would find different stuff like there are places which are reserved for restaurants and others where they sell souvenirs and traditional wares etc. one can also find a lot of football t shirts , sunglasses etc for nominal prices although you would need to bargain a lot.
I spent around 3 days in essaouira and would like to come here again. Finally had to bid farewell to this city for Marrakech.