essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco's Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls, and there are ocean views. Strong "Alizée" trade winds make the city's crescent beach popular for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

medina of essaouira

UNESCO world heritage

essaouira ramparts

walls, cannons

essaouira port

historic port

essaouira beach

popular beach

le souk

charming market

fish market

fresh seafood

gnaoua world music festival

music festival

christian cemetary

burial ground

sidi mohammed ben abdallah museum

history museum

city walls

old walls