Travel tips on Essaouira from Edith Kohlbach :
A City-Stroll in Essaouira
It's well worth visiting the fisher port, with its 18. century defence castle. Early mornings the catches are auctioned, and at noon you can buy freshly grilled Sardines on the quay wall, simply delicious and cheap too.
At the Moulay el-Hassan square you will find a small lane which runs parallel the wall in the direction of the Scala de la Kasbah, a platform on the fortress wall equipped with cannon. From the north bastion at the end one has a beautiful view over the city. Under the Scala you will find are the carpenter workshops, for whom Essaouira is famous. They manufacture carved wood furniture from Thuja wood with inlays of lemon wood, ebony, mother of pearl and silver.
In the museum Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah in the Rue Laalouj you can admire the most beautiful examples of this artistic handicraft. On the ground floor music instruments and ritual articles of the different brotherhoods, the Aissaoua, the Hamadcha and the Gnaouas are on show. There are also music instruments of the Berber, Andalusian and the Malhoun stiles are to be seen here. On the first floor there works in Thuja wood, pottery from the Haha region, carpets from Chiadma women, artfully painted doors and panels, clothing and weapons to be seen. An exhibition of painting is also to be found here.
Finally a stroll through picturesque lanes up to the market surrounded by arcades is recommended. Behind the lighthouse at the town entrance you will find the Kubba of Sidi Mogdul, the patron and name giver of Mogador. The native Irish man was shipwrecked and landed on this part of the coast. Due to his technical abilities he became a man of standing and was buried with honours according to a saint.
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