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Essaouira is a historical city in Morocco . It is located in the western part of the country in the region Marrakech - Tensift - Al Haouz, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Archaeological findings shows that the locality had already been settled in prehistoric times. A Carthaginian navigator Hanno established at this place a trading post in the 1st century AD already. The city Essaouira was built in the 18th century in the period of Mohammed III. He kidnapped several European architects and made them build the city. The word Essaouira means "beautifully designed".

About Essaouira

Essaouira is a unique example of building styles from the 18th century in Morocco. The city was a military base, a port and an important commercial center connecting Morocco with the outside world. The old city of Medina was inscribed in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2001.

Pros

seaside stays

Cons

poor or deceitful service

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
active vacation

Why to go there?

old&new architecture

Transportation and means of transport

international airport


Information and Facts

GPS: 31.5133, -9.771
Altitude: 13 m
Last update: 2012-10-21 17:36:16

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