Sights in Essaouira

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Cafè de France

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The oldest and best café in the Place Moulay Hassan is the Café De France. Any old pictures of the Place that you see will always show the Café. They also have the best coffee in town. At least an hour each day must be spent sipping coffee and watching the people go by. It’s an Essaouira tradition! Order a "Noose Noose," half milk and half coffee and you will not be disappointed. The best thing is if you want to bet on the horses at Vincennes, you can do that too! The Café de France is located just to the Left of the Hotel Beau Rivage and across from the snacks.

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Sultan's Palace

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I really love visiting this old ruin. The whole area has quite a history, but not and exact one. As with most things here, each person you ask seems to have a different story to tell about any one thing. A guy who works at the Ocean Vagabond told me it was Jimi Hendrix’s house, of all things. The guy’s at my French school told me that is was built in the 1700 by big sultan in the area. He was the ruler of Mogador and, at the time, the River Ksab actually flowed on the Diabet side of the Palace. Whatever the history, the palace has a wonderful view of Essaouira, the Isle more..

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Sand castle

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There is a sand castle about two kilometres to the south from the city. Jimi Hendrix was inspired by the castle to write the song "Castles made of sand". Definitely worth the walk or buy a camel ride from one of locals.

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Fish Market

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Essaouira was the first commercial fishing port in Morocco and it was built around 1875.

No trip to Essaouira would be complete with a walk around the port to look at all of the boats and busy fishermen. If you want to see the fish, the very best place is the Government Fish Weigh Station and Auction House, otherwise known as the Fish Market. All of the fish that are caught by the Essaouira fleet are brought to the market to be weighed, taxed and then sold. If you are lucky, and you go late in the afternoon when lots of boats have come in, the fish market will be packed with more..

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Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah

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Museum dedicated to local traditions, local music and arts. Tel: (212 4) 47 23 00

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