Essaouira Map

Essaouira was re-built during the 18th century by King Mohammed III, designed by a mixture of French and other European architects.

On the outskirts of the medina walls you will find the famous Skala ramparts and the cannons of Essaouira. A stroll along the ramparts to see the magnificent sunsets is wonderful. Also from the ramparts you can see the Iles Purpuraires, renowned for their famous purple dye harvested from the Murex shells a type of mollusc that live in the surrounding ocean. Access to the island is no longer allowed, as it is now a conservation area for birds such as the Eleanora falcon.

Essaouira is also renowned for its kitesurfing and windsurfing, with the powerful trade wind blowing almost constantly onto the protected, almost waveless, bay.