Essaouira (formerly Mogador) is a Town on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco. It was nice to arrive at the coast and have a few days to relax after coming from the Sahara and then the atlas Mountains where the temperature was cold and accommodations basic.
As its location is only a few hours from Marrakesh it is a popular location to locals and tourists to come and escape the mayhem of the big city. Essaouira has a certain derelict/shabby-chic feel, with the white paint peeling off the buildings and a mix of very old and new construction.
We were staying in a hotel in the heart of the Medina, making it really easy to explore, but before any of that we took the time for a bit of pampering and headed straight for a Berber massage.
Essaouira is also a great night out, we managed to find a really good restaurant and then headed to a rooftop bar to relax and unwind to some really awesome live music.