6 Hours in Essaouira, Morocco

For those who don’t know, Aaron and I just returned from a 2 week anniversary trip to Morocco! Our bodies are feelin’ it and I woke up 4 times the first night back wondering whose bed I was in. Not to mention waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning for a pancake breakfast.

I don’t know how to document all that we experienced in Morocco without writing a novel, so I’ll start with a quick recap of the day trip we took to Essaouira; one of the most relaxing! After a few days of journeying through the Sahara we were excited to experience a change of scenery and something that felt closer to home.

Essaouira is a gorgeous port town residing along the Atlantic ocean. Our introduction to the blue and white city began with a walking tour along the fishing docks and a brief explanation of life as a fisherman- Aaron’s dream come true.


We spent an hour walking through the city center, admiring the gorgeous artwork, and pricing items at the local market. After experiencing the intense Medina in Marrakesh the day before, we were happy to find laid back store owners who didn’t haggle or push us into buying stuff we didn’t need.

In all of the Moroccan cities we visited we ran into a ton of cute baby animals! We even experienced a goat giving birth! But this cute little kitty with giant Aaron took the cake!

After admiring the city’s art and gorgeous architecture, we walked through the local fish market. It reminded us both of the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.

Aaron and I stopped for lunch at a seaside cafe called Taros; located between the boardwalk and souks. The seafood was fresh and the views were spectacular! We shared a crab and avocado salad then both ordered clam pasta, the daily special. To our surprise we had to de-clam all of the clams ourselves! I was finished eating before Aaron got half way through his de-clamming process. He likes to think they gave him more 😉

We waited until Essaouira to get our shopping in, as we were told by our tour guide that it would be the cheapest, so after lunch we spent a good majority of our time walking through the souks looking for souvenirs. We got scarves, sandals, and friendship bracelets. I know, we’re adorable.

Even though we’re not beach people we enjoyed walking along the water and soaking in the salty air. The temperature was a perfect mid 60’s and our Alaska bodies enjoyed the cool breeze. Although all of Morocco was incredible, Essaouira was probably my favorite! If you’re into environments that are more laid back, I would certainly recommend Essaouira as a weekend getaway destination!





  1. Zeina | 27th Feb 17

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      Thanks, Zeina! I’ve been dying to go to Petra. Looks incredible! What do you mean by business plan? I have my own site domain name because I wanted it to be my own, but wordpress is the platform where I got my layout?

  2. Josy A | 28th Feb 17

    Gorgeous photos! I love how the sky matched the boats when you visited!!

    This makes me want to go back to Essaouira and the Atlas Mountains. (I wasn’t so keen on Marrakech as it just felt like we were hassled the whole time.)

    • Kortnee | 28th Feb 17

      Thanks! I agree. We’re chill people so Marrakesh was a crazy experience!

  3. Erica | 1st Mar 17

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    • Kortnee | 6th Mar 17

      Thanks!!! I don’t think I’m as ambitious as you! Your travel company is amazing! So excited for you guys!!

  4. slitherio.mobi | 12th Jul 17

    Two hours later, Essaouira bookended our beach crawl with another car-confounding narrow passage within its ancient walls, this time chased down by a policeman who informed us the old city was pedestrian only.

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