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Beaches in Essaouira near Your Villa in Marrakech

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Morocco is one of the most beautiful countries in North Africa, and it offers to its visitors a great chance to discover several historic monuments that are clear witnesses of its long history and its glorious civilization. Moreover, Morocco is a country with an important heritage that spans many domains, including craftsmanship, music, art and literature, architecture, etc.

In addition to this, Morocco enjoys a crucial geographical position that contributes to its exciting and varied natural spaces, which include mountain ranges, deserts, beaches, cascades, etc. In this sense, Essaouira is one of the most famous cities in Morocco, not only thanks to its long history, but also because this city offers many beaches that can make your holiday much more enjoyable.

But we cannot talk about Essaouira and its beaches without having a look at the historical importance of these beaches. Forever protected by trade winds and nestled amongst the flowers, the White Essaouira fragrant essences, with its cedar and lemon tree cabinet work crafts with inlaid, retain the smell of their wood over the years.

Essaouira, formerly known as Al Souirah due to the small fortress surrounded by walls, is bathed by the Atlantic and located between Safi in the north and Agadir in the south. Forced to find protection against pirates of every stripe, Essaouira, with its feet in the sea, has always been sheltered behind walls meant to be impregnable...

Ever since the 17th century, Essaouira has always been highly coveted for the profusion of its many businesses and for its riches. The discovery of remains of pottery on the islands of the Bay City confirms, in fact, the presence of Phoenicians in the region in those times. But those who were to mark the city of their very particular mark were indeed the Portuguese.

In fact, until the proclamation of Moroccan independence, Essaouira was called “Mogador”, which is probably a translation from Portuguese “Amogdul”. In any case, the name originated in the fact that the dignitary of Essaouira was buried two miles from the town called Sidi Mogdul.

The Portuguese established their residence there in the 16th century, and in the early sixteenth century they built a fortress that would give the city its specific configuration, a fortress so helpful that it was restored by Moulay Abdelmalek in 1628. But it was not until the 18th century that the city was officially founded by Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, another king of the Alawite dynasty.

Economic activities

The main activity of Essaouira is fishing. For many years the port city was the first sardine port in the world.

Essaouira is the Kingdom of Lady Sardine. Like Safi and Agadir, the port of Essaouira is full of the wealth of its fish and the freshness and quality of its sardine is not to be found elsewhere!

Essaouira is a city that offers a unique chance to profit from its beautiful beaches, where you will enjoy the swimming and all you favourite sports. Also, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, since the weather in Essaouira is warm throughout the year. Moreover, you will get a chance to visit its restaurants, where you will savour its delicious fish and a great number of local meals.

Last but not least, Essaouira is a real heaven on earth, and if you wish to discover its magical beaches, do not hesitate to come to Marrakech, where you can start your magical trip to discover Essaouira and its beauty.

If you want to visit Essaouira and enjoy its beautiful beaches, your best choice is to stay in a villa in Marrakech, a stunning and impressive city quite close to Essaouira and extremely well connected. For your accommodation in Marrakesh, you can stay in a villa or in a traditional riad, where you will enjoy all the comfort and the charm of the city. You can rent a villa in Marrakech and discover the stunning beauty of this fascinating country where you will enjoy its beaches, its permanent sunshine and its incomparable magic.

Nuts and Dried Fruits in Morocco - Uses and Symbols

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Morocco has always been and still is a country of symbols par excellence, mostly thanks to its eminent culture, which is varied and rich. And Moroccan popular heritage is full of symbols that include several dimensions, including social, religious, and cultural dimensions among many others. Nuts and dried fruits in Morocco are not only used for their positive health effects, but also because they have an important symbolic place in Moroccan memory.

In Morocco, nuts and dried fruits are frequently used in many ways. First, Moroccan women prefer to use nuts and dried fruits, especially almonds, dry apricot, and raisins, for decorating the “tagine”, which is one of the most famous meals in Morocco. Also, Moroccan people prefer those traditional cakes made with nuts and dried fruits both as ingredients and as decoration, such as the sweet “briwat” cake, which are triangles filled with almonds, or the “ka’ab Ghzal” cake, which takes the shape of the moon and is usually filled with almonds, dates or other nuts.

Nuts and dried fruits in Morocco are used in many important occasions and symbolise many things. For instance, dates are the most commonly consumed dried fruit during Ramadan, which is the fasting month for Muslims. These fruits take an almost holy significance in Moroccan memory, because they are mentioned many times in the Koran and in many of the prophet’ speeches.

Also the Amazigh community in the south of Morocco used to present a dish full of almonds with tea to its guests, a custom mentioned in many Amazigh songs. Equally, Moroccans in the old cities still present milk and dates to receive their guest as a noble sign of hospitality. In some regions of Morocco, the groom’s family receives the bride with large trays full of all sorts of nuts and dried fruits, including dried apricots, raisins, figs, prunes, dates, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, pistachios, etc. The Achoura day, celebrated a month after the “Aid Al Adha”, is another important occasion when Moroccan people prepare enormous dishes full of all types of dried foods.

Dried fruits and nuts in Morocco are also synonymous with tolerance, peace, harmony and strong social bonds among Moroccan society. They are a symbol of generosity, hospitality, benevolence and love shown both to members of one’s own family or tribe and to guests of all origins. In order to enjoy a unique chance to experience both the symbolic and the perceptive pleasures of Moroccan dried fruits and nuts, I invite you to come to Marrakech. In the unique Ochre City you will discover all the symbols of the enchanting Moroccan popular culture, full of the meanings of solidarity, collaboration and social tolerance that make up an extraordinary mosaic of colours, cultures, and symbols.

So, you are welcome to enjoy a magical holiday in Marrakech, a city offering you all the means that will make your stay unforgettable, full of utterly enjoyable and romantic moments.