What Students Should Do In Essaouira Morocco
Essaouira: the fishing port.
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What Students Should Do In Essaouira Morocco

Manon Lamy January 22, 2023

Looking to add some new countries to your bucket list in 2023? Looking to travel? Are you seeking a budget friendly destination? Somewhere where the sun shines all year and it’s warm but not too far away from England? Then why not take a trip to a place where students love to visit in Essaouira Morocco.

Only three hours away Europe, this beautiful little beach town is on Morocco’s Atlantic coast and it is the perfect student friendly destination. The perfect little gateway.

The beach

Essaouira is a stunning little beach town, so checking out the beach is non-negotiable. If you are sporty, then you could rent surfboards to enjoy the beautiful waves, or take surfing lessons if you have always wanted to try but never have. The sea in Essaouira is the perfect temperature, winter and summer.

If surfing isn’t for you, then maybe windsurfing is. Whatever you choose, there will be something that floats your boat.

If water sports aren’t your thing, just enjoy the beach. Grab a good book, and a towel, and enjoy the sunshine. The beach is the perfect place for relaxation.

The beach also houses horses and camels! Believe it or not, there are horses and camels at the end of the beach. They are all adorable animals also enjoying the sun and it makes for a fun and lovely walk on the beach under the sunshine.

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Walk through the Medina

The old town or the Medina is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. One of the nicest ways to visit the city is to get lost within the walls of the Medina. There are so many adorable little shops which will make you want to buy everything and that is why so many students spend time in Essaouira Morocco.

While you are walking through the Medina, make sure you stop for some typical Moroccan mint tea and some pastries. Your life will never be the same after you try these almond pastries.

Walk around the port

Spoiler alert, there will be a lot of walking because there is no need to hop in a car to see everything in this city. Essaouira is a renowned port city. Indeed, it was a major Atlantic commercial centre between Africa and Europe at the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century.

Walk by the Skala de la Kasbah to go see the blue finishing boats and see the fresh fish arriving in the port. And if you like fish then you can buy fresh fish and have it grilled right there.

What’s better than fresh grilled fish? Nothing, it’s delicious. Enjoy Moroccan salad and bread with your grilled fish. Or shrimp or spider crab.

Watch the sunset (and Game of Thrones)

Sunsets in Essaouira are something else. Trust me, I’ve been there and seen them. Simply incredible. They are definitely a must-see when you visit the city. You can either seen it from the port or the ramparts of the city.

And bonus, the ramparts of the city actually saw some scenes of Game of Thrones being filmed (Astapor). So if you are a fan of the TV behemoth, you should definitely check it out. And watch the sunset.

Take a cooking class

Taking a cooking class is another perfect way to enjoy the city and learn more about Morocco. It is the perfect thing for a food lover to do in Morocco. Learning how to make a traditional tagine is a great way to immerse yourself in Moroccan culture and learn more about the country.

When you come home, having spent some time in Essaouira Morocco, students can remake it and enjoy their holiday forever.

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Manon is a freelance journalist for Freshered. She joined Freshered in February 2022 where she is still working today. As a freelance journalist she enjoys covering everything from international politics to Formula 1 and travelling. Manon is currently in her final year of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham after returning from a year abroad in Vienna, Austria. She hopes to continue her studies in Journalism.