RTW Trip Essaouira, Morocco Day 44: Beachin’ it with camels and fish

After finishing another large and delicious breakfast by Agnes, we headed down to the water, close to all the fishing docks.

Huge breakfast at Dar Sabon

Huge breakfast at Dar Sabon

We first went to Skala du Port, a working port with fabulous views of all the sea gulls and fishing boats.  The area was littered with sea gulls, feeding on discarded fish guts and other seafood remnants.  We had read that Essaouira was a good place to buy fish directly from the fisherman, and have the local shacks grill them up for you, but frankly, the fish didn’t seem so fresh.  We ended up skipping this.

View of the Port

View of the Port

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We took a taxi to Diabat, and stopped off at a Cafe Hendrix, a place that was supposedly visited by Jimmy Hendrix back in the sixties.  The walls were covered in Jimi Hendrix art and paintings, but oddly, Bob Marley music was playing.

Hendrix Cafe

Hendrix Cafe

We then walked down to the pretty beach, and saw some rock formations that vaguely looked like a sinking castle, nicknamed after a Jimi Hendrix song, ‘Castle in the Sand.’

Castle in the Sand

Castle in the Sand

While the beach wasn’t geared for female swimmers, there were some people swimming and surfing in the water.  If camels are your thing, there are plenty of touts willing to take you on camel rides along the shore.

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If you are looking for some western comforts, head to the always popular Ocean Vagabond Restaurant where you can have some tasty pizza.  The tables an chairs are right in the sand, an perfect for all day lounging.

We stopped by for another sunset by the sea before heading for our night bites.

Sunset at the sea

Sunset at the sea

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For dinner, we opted to experiment and try a place that looked like it was frequented by locals.  While the food was passable (but with way too much sauce), it was cheap an filling.  Plus we had a great conversation with a local sitting beside us, and later found out he spent a good amount of time in Montreal in the 80s.

Costs:
Skala De Port 20 dirham
Taxi to Diabat 25 dirham
Coke and tea 40 dirham
Ocean Vagabond Restaurant margherita pizza, fries, and water 100 dirham
Dinner at Snack Restaurant chicken sandwich, harira soup, felafel plate, water, and Sprite 70 dirham
Dar Sabon Hotel 341 dirham

Total cost: 596 dirham / 2 = $32.91 per person

What I learned: You might want to wear closed toe shoes when visiting the fishing port to avoid getting your feet wet with fish guts. 

If you are wanting to head to Diabat to see the Jimi Hendrix Cafe and ‘sinking castle,’ take a taxi to Diabat, and take a nice relaxing stroll along the beach back to Essaouira town.

beach walkers shopcollage2.jpg shopcollage.jpgActual date of travel: Oct. 17 2014

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