Morocco, a name that evokes palaces surrounded by sumptuous gardens, souks with incredible vitality, the scent of spices, the streets buzzing with passers-by and horses dressed like princesses, the days of Fantasia …
But it would be a shame to be confined to this theatrical setting. The important thing in Morocco is what happens behind the scenes. Thus, in a medina, it is by leaving the widest streets that we go to people, in dark dead ends that we find the most beautiful doors, those behind which flourishes the most luxurious palaces…
Morocco will not reveal its secrets until you are confident, but for that, you have to take the trouble to go to the other … which, it’s good, here has a great sense of home.
Finally, Morocco is also beautiful landscapes, between sea and mountains (sometimes snowy), green valleys and fertile plains, desert plateaus, and oases. Travelers in search of nature and open spaces will be satisfied.
Marrakech is one of the destinations that make travelers dream … even if its old lovers swear that they no longer recognize their “Pearl of the South”. This city in full change does not leave indifferent.
Let yourself be carried away by the life of Marrakech, the humor, the colors, the smells, the undeniable charm of this sorcerer: the huge Jemaa-el-Fna square and its animation are worth the trip alone.
We also get lost in the colorful and noisy souks of Marrakech, among the richest, most diverse, most fascinating of the country. A thousand small trades rub shoulders in an amazing atmosphere.
And tourism, sometimes decried, has greatly favored the rediscovery of a flourishing craft today and the rehabilitation of Marrakchie architecture, be it the superb mosques, the remarkable palaces, but also (and especially) riads become guesthouses. Neighborhood Hammams, bagou sellers of everything and anything adds to the intoxicating bewitchment unforgettable.
Nestled behind its high walls, on a peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean, Essaouira likes to surprise the traveler. By its architecture first, where pink ocher ramparts contrast with the whiteness of houses whose doors and blue shutters are reminiscent of the Greek islands. Its perfectly straight streets, designed in the seventeenth century by the French Theodore Cornut, make it a unique example of urban planning in Morocco.
By its atmosphere then. Long remained the first sardine port in the world, the old Mogador still lives with the tides. It is necessary to soak up the atmosphere of its port and to walk in its souks to feel its Moroccan soul. Then walk his many art galleries and look at the marquetry work of local artisans to better understand his artistic soul. Frequented by the hippie communities in the 60s and the trendy baba cool jet-set, Essaouira has a special fascination. The city still attracts many painters looking for inspiration or musicians in search of new rhythms. Not to mention the wealthy Marrakchis, many have here second homes to escape the hot summer. But tourists, if they are more and more present, remain a minority in this small city where the city runs quietly.
Finally, if it is primarily a cultural destination, with its sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, Essaouira will also appeal to lovers of idleness and water sports. The water is often cold, the wind sometimes violent and bathing prone to precautions but it is far from the affluence of Agadir even in the heart of summer. Very appreciable. Ten kilometers from the city, the beach of Sidi Kaoui has become a popular spot with surfers and windsurfers of all kinds.
Unlike the big Moroccan seaside resorts, Essaouira is characterized by a charming hotel built in old traditional houses, riads, as well as some family hotels. It travels easily and quietly, the taxi fare is a fixed rate of 80 dirhams (plus or minus 80 cents). Be aware, however, that it can be cool in the evenings and in the winter. In summer, temperatures flirt with 25 ° C and the sea rarely exceeds 20°C.
Agadir, with its large sandy beach 7 km long and 300 days of sunshine a year, attracts many tourists who come to spend holidays with family or friends. Bordered by an endless line of hotels and residences more or less high-end, the waterfront has become a popular place on the Atlantic coast of Morocco where bathing, sun, and relaxation are the main entertainment.
The city also has a 9-hole golf course and several tennis courts for sports fans. Those preferring to be pampered and take care of them can benefit from all the treatments and massages offered in the spa and thalassotherapy center of the hotels. For the cultural and authentic side, Agadir is not the ideal destination. Old Agadir is nothing but memories. The latter was shaved by an earthquake in 1960. Rebuilt in a very concrete style, the city has lost its charm of yesteryear and disappointed the purists.
If you have the opportunity to rent a car, stroll around Agadir to discover the small villages nestled in the mountains. The coastal road that serves Essaouira is one of the most beautiful on the Atlantic coast. Feel free to go to Agadir out of season, when prices are more reasonable and the summer mists are gone in favor of a clear sun.