The ancient city of Essaouira has been sitting on the Atlantic coast of Morocco since prehistoric times and was once the centre of production for the much valued purple dye which was used in imperial Roman robes. It’s now a popular spot for day trippers and holiday makers as it’s only about 2 hours by car from Marrakech and enjoys a milder temperature than that city. It’s a favoured spot for windsurfers, compliments of the trade winds which blow almost constantly.
The UNESCO World Heritage listed medina is walled and presents a stunning sight when viewed from the harbour fortifications. Orson Welles filmed parts of his classic version of “Othello” in Essaouira and, more recently, parts of the third series of the huge television hit “Game of Thrones” were filmed there.