Essaouira, two hours drive west of Marrakech, is probably the most attractive of Morocco's coastal resorts and makes a relaxing holiday destination. Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A long wind-swept beach leads up to a walled town enclosing narrow streets of white and blue painted houses. Through the elegant arched gateways you enter a charming coastal town with a relaxed atmosphere.
It is well known for its craft workshops which produce a variety of wooden objects made from thuja, a local coniferous tree. The beaches are popular with surfers (it can be windy here!), but it is a great place just to come and wander along the ramparts, or in the souks, and to enjoy some fresh seafood at the harbour too.
Marrakech is the main international gateway. British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air and Thomson have frequent direct flights from London to Marrakech. There are also direct flights to Casablanca and Fez, and a more extensive service with Royal Air Maroc to other airports within Morocco.
Language: Moroccan Arabic is the official language. It is significantly different from classical and modern Arabic.
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from the embassy
There are no compulsory vaccinations.
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