After a 4-hour bus ride through the desert, it was nice to stretch our legs with a walk through the cobblestone streets of Essaouira.  A stroll through the medina is an overwhelming experience- with the nutty smell of argan oil being made, motorcycles and bikes zigzagging through the crowd and people haggling over goods in Arabic, French and Spanish.  Every turn into another narrow alleyway brings something new.


Essaouira is also an important fishing port. The harbor is a bustling place of business, as boats bring in fish every morning.  Anything from eels, to stingrays, to sea urchins, are sold here and seagulls squawk overhead as men haggle over prices. 

The color blue is everywhere in Essaouira – every door, window, decorative detail and fishing boat is painted some hue of blue, whether it be a deep indigo or light turquoise. Our daily walks around the medina required multiple stops to admire the many blue doors that line the winding alleyways and make this city so unique.