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Essaouira Destination Guide

Delve into Essaouira in Morocco

Essaouira in the region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz with its 70,634 residents is located in Morocco - some 243 mi or ( 391 km ) South-West of Rabat , the country's capital .

Interactive map of Essaouira

Local time in Essaouira is now 04:47 AM (Tuesday) . The local timezone is named " Africa/Casablanca " with a UTC offset of 0 hours. Depending on your mobility, these larger destinations might be interesting for you: Youssoufia, Tighalimine, Tiout, Tazzitount, and Taroudant. While being here, you might want to check out Youssoufia . We discovered some clip posted online . Scroll down to see the most favourite one or select the video collection in the navigation. Are you curious about the possible sightsseing spots and facts in Essaouira ? We have collected some references on our attractions page.


Maâlem All Stars @ Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival 2012

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Concert de clôture du festival, ici avec Maâlem Omar Hayat sur le devant de la scène ..


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A great night with Maallem Abdellah Gania at Zawiat Sidna Bilal in Essaouira city during Gnawa Music Festival recorded and edited by Aziz Marchoud aka Mejdoub. ..

Old Medina- Essaouira, Morocco,

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MADE in ESSAOUIRA "Reservation center and holiday services" Accommodation Transport Lesure - Activities - Tours- Sorties Ateliers Events RESERVAS: Accommodation: rooms, hotel, riad, apart, villas, cam ..

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Interesting facts about this location


Mogador redirects here, for the hamlet in Surrey see Mogador, Surrey. Essaouira is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast. Since the 16th century, the city has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador or Mogadore. The Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city.

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Located at 31.51 -9.77 (Lat./Long.); Less than 0 km away
Tags: Archaeological sites in Morocco, Former Portuguese colonies, Kingdom of the Algarve, Municipalities of Morocco, Populated places in Essaouira Province, Port cities and towns on the Moroccan Atlantic Coast, World Heritage Sites in Morocco

Gnaoua World Music Festival

The Gnaoua World Music Festival is a Gnawa music festival held annually in Essaouira, Morocco. The festival provides a platform for exchanges and a meeting point of music and dialogue between foreign artists and the mystical Gnaoua musicians. In this melting-pot of musical fusion, the Gnaoua masters invite players of jazz, pop, rock and contemporary World music to explore new avenues.

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Located at 31.51 -9.77 (Lat./Long.); Less than 0 km away
Tags: Music festivals in Morocco, World music festivals

Iles Purpuraires

Iles Purpuraires are a set of small islands off the western coast of Morocco at the bay located at Essaouira. These islands were settled in antiquity by the Phoenicians, chiefly to exploit certain marine resources and as a promontory fort. (Hogan, 2007) Roman occupation of western Morocco beginning in the 2nd century BC continued the use of the islets, principally for manufacture of a royal blue dye from certain marine organisms.

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Located at 31.50 -9.79 (Lat./Long.); Less than 2 km away
Tags: Islands of Morocco, Islands of the North Atlantic Ocean

Mogador island

Mogador island is the main island of the Iles Purpuraires in front of Essaouira. It is about 3 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, and lies about 1.5 kilometers from the opposite beach of Essaouira. The Carthaginian navigator Hanno visited and established a trading post there in the area in the 5th century BCE, and Phoenician artifacts have been found on the island.

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Located at 31.50 -9.79 (Lat./Long.); Less than 2 km away
Tags: Geography of Morocco, History of Morocco, Islands of Morocco


Diabat is a village in western Morocco near the coast of the Atlantic Ocean about five kilometres south of the city of Essaouira. (Ellingham, 2007) The Bordj El Berod is a ruined watchtower located somewhat south of the mouth of Oued Ksob (Hogan, 2007) near about one kilometre west of Diabat.

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Located at 31.48 -9.77 (Lat./Long.); Less than 3 km away
Tags: Populated places in Essaouira Province