|Fishing Boats in Essaouira harbor|
|Women in the Medina in Essaouira|
As with the rest of our stay in Morocco, our Riad was in the middle of the Medina. The Medina is the old part of the city, surronded by walls and made up of narrow roads and passageways. Within the Medina, there are no cars, drinking is prohibited, and every alley is packed with street vendors and crowds. All the streets are narrow and winding and it’s very easy to get lost. We were able to locate our Riad with the help of a man we hired on the outside of the Medina. (Later in Marrakesh we would try this feat on our own with less success).
This was our first taste or Morrocco, and exploring the Medina was a mindblowing experience. At this point, I had only limited travel experience outside of Europe and South America and everything was new and different.
|Spices for sale|
One of my favorite parts of Morocco was the heavily decorated doors within the Medina. Because the steets were so narrow, its hard to get great pictures…but they were beautiful.
After leaving the Medina, we headed out to the nearby fisherman’s harbor. From here we had great views of both the Medina and the coast line. We also got a chance to see fishermen going about their everyday business of fishing, cleaning their catched and preparing for the food market.
|Medina from the harbor
|Boats in the Harbor|
|View through stone window|
|Old cannon near the harbor|
After lunch, we arranged to have a camel ride down the beach. Little did I know how up closed and personal we would be with camels later on in the trip or I might have chosen to skip this particular ride… But, at the time it was my first camel experience so I was very gung ho. The beach was practically empty and the views from the dunes was gorgeous.
We ended the camel ride just in time to grab a quick drink (outside of the Medina of course) and watch the sunset over the Atlantic. Although the weather was not very warm, it was still a very clear day and the sunset was well worth watching.