The 20th June, yesterday marked the start of the 16th Music Festival of the World in our new favourite city, Essaouira. We missed it and the thousands of fans that flock here by a week, and instead found a city preparing itself, thick with anticipation and now and then, without any electricity.
This is a wind-swept, impossibly picturesque city, with a bustling blue and white medina hidden behind high walls, miles of gorgeous beaches and a cosmopolita cool vibe.
Shopping; we headed to the souks – more laid-back and relaxed than Marrakech, the medina is (relatively) easy to navigate, ha, until you get there! Anyway, they say that you need to get lost to really discover. And discover you will – from cures for baldness and family mixes for fish tagine in the spice souk, traditional ‘thuya’ wood craftsmen, patterned metal lanterns and jewelry in the main souk…and lots more.
Eating and drinking; Taros café (www.taroscafe.com) – taros after the good sea wind, comes with a café, restaurant (calamari tagine with cherry tomatoes) and a bar – a cocktail here at sunset is definitely a good idea. La Découverte (www.essaouira-ladecouverte.com) run by a French pair who discovered Essaouira whilst travelling through Africa will introduce you to Lentil salad with Argan oil dressing (those were Argan trees I saw from the airport to the city) and Fish Pastilla and Chicken Pastilla (layers of very fine brick pastry with different fillings).
For lunch head down to the small cafes by the harbour for a lunch cooked to order on a charcoal grill or try Le Chalet de la Plage, it’s been cooking up great seafood since 1983 – it doesn’t get any fresher than this!
Activities? With that wind, it is kitesurfing heaven!
Keep tuned for our cool Essaouira collection at http://www.mypootle.com