Essaouira in 2017
15 Dec 2016
- Still relatively undiscovered, retaining its charm and not taken over by tourism
- Explore a laid-back medina and unspoilt coast with year-round sunshine
- Direct flights from London and easy coach connections from Marrakech
- Le Jardin des Douars is Essaouira’s leading independent hotel
The laid-back vibe of Essaouira with year-round sunshine, means a holiday here will tick all the boxes particularly for independent travellers who want to discover the real Morocco. With many new restaurants, shops and galleries rubbing shoulders with traditional traders in the medina, visitors are spoilt for choice on a journey of discovery. The medina is located by the port and a short walk to the beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.
An independent hotel set in botanical gardens, Le Jardin des Douars is the perfect base to experience Moroccan hospitality, offering privacy and easy access to the beach and medina. Here are some suggestions for 2017 on why Essaouira is a great destination:
Art: As visitors walk around the easy to navigate medina, they encounter many studios run by live in artists who produce distinctive paintings and sculptures. For a town of this size, visitors instantly notice the number of galleries.
Beach: Essaouira’s sunshine and windy climate in the winter make it an ideal destination to enjoy surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing. Expect waves of between one and three metres.
Ecotourism: Essaouira is home to the famous Argan trees found across forests just inland from the Atlantic coast. The Argan is a true symbol of the region surrounding Essaouira. Southwest Morocco produces this highly prized oil which is extracted from nuts and these have been used across the world in beauty products and spa treatments.
Food: Essaouira’s outdoor fish grill stands are a lively option for lunch. Located at the port, the laid-back stands sit side-by-side and offer a truly unique dining experience. Visitors simply select from a selection of freshly caught fish, this is then cooked on the grill and served with salad and bread.
Medina: The UNESCO Medina is a creative laid-back area where craftsmen and women create authentic Moroccan pieces. Essaouira’s medina is smaller than those in other Moroccan cities meaning guests can explore and shop without getting lost.
Music: The Gnaoua Festival takes place between 29th June and 2nd July 2017. This annual contemporary world music festival welcomes a diverse selection of artists for four days. The vibrant festival spills out across the town with street performances.
Made up of a series of traditional terracotta Moroccan countryside buildings, Le Jardin des Douars offers a unique setting. There are just 28 bedrooms, suites and luxury villas; all with their own outdoor space, making it a truly relaxing retreat. The hotel’s three dining areas offer distinct experiences. Le Jardin des Douars has two outdoor heated pools overlooking stunning tropical planting and a hammam and spa open until 8pm daily.
Lunch and dinner are open to all at Le Jardin des Douars and the cuisine is a mix of Moroccan, North African and Mediterranean flavours with both an a la carte and daily changing specials menu. Children’s menus are available. The stunning terrace is secluded and surrounded by botanical gardens. The menu is seasonal and guests can view a daily menu on a blackboard just outside the restaurant. Visitors who have a booking can also use the outdoor pools and facilities. Lunch courses are priced from 90 MAD (around £8). The evening menu is priced from 185 MAD (around £16). There are two restaurants to select from including the larger livelier dining room and a more intimate and romantic couples only restaurant. A catch of the day fish is available daily. Sundays offer an afternoon barbeque, great for meeting others.
The whole of Essaouira seduces visitors with a unique cosmopolitan charm complete with magical sunsets. Just three hours from the UK, it is a great destination for 2017.
B&B priced from around £120 per room, per night or £390 per villa, per night
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Travel Information: easyJet fly between London Luton and Essaouira twice per week on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Essaouira airport is located 15 minutes from Le Jardin des Douars and a shuttle service is available. Marrakech is about three hours from Essaouira by coach or less by car.