The Southern Atlantic Coast Sights

Few venture this far south in Morocco, but those who do are rewarded with a real insight into the life and culture of at the edge of the great Sahara. The Moroccan southwest combines glorious beaches, arid mountains flanked by lush palm groves, hillsides scattered with spiny argan and Barbary fig cactus, and olive, almond, and orange orchards. The region's character is strongly flavored by its Tashelhit-speaking

Berbers, who inhabited these mountains and plains before Arabs ever set foot in Morocco, giving the region a distinctively rural feel.

East and south of Agadir you leave the world of beach vacations and enter Berber country. Scenic drives take you past hills covered with barley and almond trees, palm groves, kasbahs, and the Anti-Atlas Mountains themselves. In town, poke around the monuments and souks of Taroudant or shop for Morocco's finest silver in Tiznit. Keep in mind the towns are not the attraction in the region; people come here to commune with nature, admire the vistas, and get away from it all.

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Dar Souiri

  • Information Center

Home to the active Essaouira-Mogador Association, Dar Souiri is the hub of cultural life in Essaouira. Check the notice board outside...

Diabat Beach

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Essaouira's beach is fine for an early-morning jog or a late-afternoon game of soccer, but serious sunbathers typically head south to...

Essaouira Bay

  • Beach–Sight

Essaouira's main beach is a sweep of sand along the bay that has provided shelter to seafarers from Atlantic storms since antiquity.

Fikra Travel

  • Tour–Sight

Based out of Essaouira and Ouarzazate, Fikra Travel offers personalized tours of Morocco, specializing in the south and desert regions.


  • Neighborhood/Street

This isn't so much a sight as the very essence of Essaouira, where you are most likely to stay, eat, shop, and wander. The medina was...

Morocco Made Easy

  • Tour–Sight

A specialist in tailor-made holidays in Morocco, Australian-born founder Jane Folliott has over 15 years' experience working and living...

North Bastion and Medina Skala

  • Military Site

The distinctive outlines of the medina skala and its citadel (the North Bastion) frame the waves dramatically at sunset. The bastion...

Port Skala

  • Building/Architectural Site

Essaouira has two principal skala (fortified bastions), with fabulous cannons: the medina skala and the port skala. Each was a strategic...

Port of Essaouira

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Built in 1769 in the reign of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah by an Englishman who had converted to Islam, Essaouira's port is still going...

Sidi Kaouki

  • Beach–Sight

The tranquil beach village of Sidi Kaouki is often touted as an alternative to Essaouira's beach, but it doesn't have the amenities of...