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ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO

ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO
ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO


 The city of Essaouira or Mogador city is one of oldest and most interesting  cities in the Kingdom of Morocco, I'is easily accessible from Marrakech or Agadir about 2 hours  by bus or car.The city also contain an airport located near the city of Essaouira,it is Essaouira Mogador International Airport.

Among its  walls, you will uncover the charming atmosphere of Essaouira with its white houses with blue windows, quiet squares and artisans in small workshops. The beautiful and fortified harbor with its local wooden boats will give you the best entertainment opportunities while enjoying the most delisieux seafood dishes on the outdoor grills. It also awaits you from recreational places, attractions and unforgettable activities, which we invite you to know:


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ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO


The construction of the city erected in this excellent location dates back to the Immemorial epochs and precisely the era of the Phoenicians in the seventh century BC. The antiquities found on the island of Mogador, currently in the Antiquities Museum in Rabat and the Museum of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah in Essaouira, confirm the evidence of the presence of Carthage and Romanians. It dates back to about three or four centuries since the end of the second century BC, where these peoples  were famous for adventure and excursions entered into a commercial relationship with the inhabitants of Mogador.
During the reign of Juba II (the Amazigh king) the city was active, where the coral industry was admired by the Romans. However, the modern city dates back to precisely in 1765 AD during the reign of the Sultan (Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah) Alawite period, when he established the city's port and opened it to foreign trade in order to develop relations with Europe. He was keen to fortify the gaps and major coastal cities. He commissioned the engineer "Theodore Kony" specialized in the construction of military forts, , where the construction of impregnable walls, and construction of the scaffold on the ruins of the Portuguese fort, and fortified with cannons, making the architecture of the city The European architecture is harmonious with the Andalusian architecture.

 the city of Essaouira includes three different neighborhoods, the Kasbah, and includes the old administrative district, and the old city is located between two axes, the first linking the door of Doukkala to the port, and the second extends from the door of Marrakech to the sea, and at the meeting of the two axes established several specialized markets, The third is the navigator, who played a major role in the history of the city following the policy of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, who relied on the Jews to improve their relations with Europe until he made them an honorable sect called "King merchants".

Castle Sakalla

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ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO



It is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city of Essaouira, Morocco, which was classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "UNESCO" in the World Heritage, built by the Moroccan Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdullah. The reason for the construction of this majestic castle is due to the desire to protect the security of the coast Moroccan from any attack.

The castle walls are part of a historic landmark that adds a lot of great ambience to the place, not only for its rich historical heritage, but for its beautiful sea view.


Old City

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ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO

The old city of Essaouira is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions walking on any of its streets is a journey through time. It is characterized by its white alley houses with colored doors, where you can taste the best local and international cuisine, among the various restaurants that offer Moroccan, French or Italian cuisine, as well as one of the vital markets selling traditional slippers, souvenirs, carpets and other local products And luxury handicrafts.


Museum of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah


The Museum of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah is loceted in a 19th-century mansion, The building was designed according to the Arab-Islamic architecture where it had a group of rooms overlooking the courtyard with a fountain. offering visitors the opportunity to discover history through a range of historical artifacts, from ancient pottery to jewelry and other historical collections.with opportunities to discover Berber culture, information about their rituals and traditions.
The building was used at the beginning of its construction as a residence for one of the notables of the city, then as the headquarters of the municipality during the era of protection and the beginning of independence, and then the headquarters of the Youth House after that.


Mellah

The navigator is also known as the ghetto, or the navigator of Essaouira. Its construction dates back to the reign of Sultan Al-Saadi Ahmad Al-Mansour al-Thahabi at the end of the 16th century, when the Sultan brought in a group of Jewish merchants to the city with the aim of revitalizing the commercial port. Later, during the 17th century, the Alawite Sultan Mohammed bin Abdullah rebuilt Essaouira in a modern style with its wide streets. Unlike the ancient cities of Morocco.


The Island of Mogador

 is a small island extending over a total area of ​​26.7 hectares located near the city, and is one of the most important Phoenician sites in the western Mediterranean. The earliest to the second half of the seventh century BC, have also been found some pottery pieces dating back to the fourth century BC, which indicates the existence of trade relations between the island and the rest of the cities of Mauritania Tangier ancient Morocco, this island was It contains plants to extract purple dyeing.

The island of Mogador offers a beautiful, distinctive and charming view that attracts nature lovers and those interested in ancient history through its strong fortifications and antique cannons.

This ecological site, which is full of history, has great historical monuments of great value, reflected in two castles topped with towers in each corner and wooden beams and nests of many birds.


Fishing market and fishing port

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ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO




The port of Essaouira was the main fishing port in Morocco in the mid-twentieth century, in parallel with its market is one of the most beautiful places to see, once you go there to enjoy the views of small boats that form an endless wave of light blue. And a lot of fishermen who sell fresh fish.

Gnaoua Festival

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ESSAOUIRA MOROCCO



Essaouira annually celebrates the Gnaoua Festival, an international event held in May each year. It occupies an important place on the list of international festivals, organizes concerts in two forms, free concerts available to all, and special concerts for some artists require tickets. For three days, artists perform free concerts on the streets , as well as private concert halls.
The festival was based on traditional Moroccan music "Gnaoua" and then opens to the roots and musical genres that meet Gnaoua in some way, such as jazz, pop, rock and modern music with the participation of artists from around the world.

Gnaoua originated from sub-Saharan Africa or the Sahara, but as it crawled into Morocco it evolved to include a mix of Berber and African Islamic spiritual rhythms. It combines poetic rituals with traditional music and acrobatic dances.


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