Morocco visual diary: Essaouira, part 1

10th July 2013

















After spending 2 nights in the vibrant city of Marrakech, we headed to Essaouira (pronounced as Essa-wah-ra, I still have trouble pronouncing it) located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, formerly Mogador.  The trip involved a 2.5 hour bus journey from Marrakech, it was a fairy pleasant ride, and not a single drop of motion sickness in sight phew, it only happens in London.  I was kept entertained by looking out of the window – a horse and old fashion cart!  A donkey stranded in the middle of the highway!  A herd of camels! A lone walker dressed in traditional robe!  Goodness, I felt like a 5 year old who never seen an elephant before.

Travelling and day tripping with a DSLR and monster lens in Morocco was no joke, and other necessary gadget like a vintage Olympus Trip camera and a few rolls of expired film, imagine the weight of my day bag and other content?  You’d never know you might stumble across something special, the moment.  Let’s press on. First stop we toured and sampled wine at Les Vins du Val d’Argan, checked in at Sofitel Hotel, dinner at Heure Bleue Palais, shopping at the Old Medina, a lot of walking, we saw the infamous picturesque fishing port, fortified walls and ramparts, tea and snacks at Riad Al Madina.  Drinks, music and magic tricks at Taros Cafe & Restaurant, and many more.  Walking around the Old Medina was more lively and relaxed compared to the touristy medina in Marrakech, the weather was fantastic and so blue, very hot and I was left sun burnt, otherwise comfortable.  Stay tuned for Essaouira part 2.

Many thanks to Sofitel Hotel Mogador for accommodating us, and thanks to Faical of Morocco Tourism Board for the amazing, unique and unforgettable experience in Essaouira.  Kit Lee of Style Slicker was a guest of Morocco Tourism Board.

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  • Reply She 10th July 2013 at 21:58


  • Reply Arden Enwright 10th July 2013 at 22:31

    Oh that poor donkey, funny.
    Great travel post Kit!

  • Reply Momoko 10th July 2013 at 22:32

    Now I want to visit Essaouira. Thanks for sharing. x

    • Reply Mohamed 18th August 2015 at 15:03

      Essaouira the enchanteress 🙂 It is a great place to chill out, eat fresh fish and mingle with the friendly locals.

  • Reply Darcy 10th July 2013 at 23:02

    Incredible set of photos, the city looks indeed ‘BLUE’, love the battered walls on the exteriors.
    God, wow that fishing harbour is surreal!

  • Reply Winnie 10th July 2013 at 23:11

    Stunning photos Kit! I love that turquoise blue door. Morocco is such a vibrant country.

  • Reply jonelle 11th July 2013 at 00:55

    Stunning photography as always.

  • Reply Lolly Bao 11th July 2013 at 02:52

    It’s like transporting back in time, amazing!

  • Reply Timmy Jones 11th July 2013 at 02:53

    I want to say that this post is awesome!

  • Reply Yan Hwang 11th July 2013 at 03:07

    拍得好啊 !

  • Reply Snappystreet 11th July 2013 at 03:38

    Just beautiful, your photography really helps to paint a picture for the viewers on what it would be like to visit in person.

    I was enthralled by this post!

  • Reply i am not a celebrity 11th July 2013 at 09:50

    Such a beautiful post, Kit Kat. Thank you so much. It was truly a pleasure to have you on the trip.
    Much love,
    (AKA MB)

  • Reply George Him 11th July 2013 at 11:31

    Love this post very much and forrtunately I’m heading there next weekend!

  • Reply Project Janeuine 11th July 2013 at 15:57

    Kit, your visual diaries are wonderful! It’s photographers like you who inspire me to create photo-diaries 🙂
    The blues of the door, bowls and boats are just beautiful, wish I could have seen it myself~!

  • Reply Ingrida 11th July 2013 at 22:04

    I really loved your Instagram photos of Morocco, and seeing the actual photos are surreal and breathtakingly beautiful. I’m looking forward to see part 2 in this Morocco series.

  • Reply steph 12th July 2013 at 05:54

    your diaries are all so inspiring. beautiful photos 🙂

  • Reply Vi 12th July 2013 at 13:25

    Amazing visual diary.

  • Reply Sarah Lise 12th July 2013 at 13:27

    Beautiful photography as always Kit, Essaouira looks like amazing place to visit.

  • Reply Michelle Lee 12th July 2013 at 18:01


  • Reply Joy @ OSS 12th July 2013 at 19:30

    Absolutely breathtaking…completely divine!

  • Reply Eat.Style.Play 14th July 2013 at 01:01

    Wow these are beautiful pictures you have here!

  • Reply Matthew Pike 14th July 2013 at 16:37

    Stunning photos Kit, you captured the colour and vibrance of the place so well. Almost looks like a film set, I look forward to part two’s blue skies

  • Reply lucy 17th July 2013 at 08:38

    Aaah kit it is STUNNING! I just can’t believe how beautiful your photos came out! I love the shot of the man in the blue cloak that you tried to take from behind me haha, I like that he’s a bit of a secret 😉 cannot wait for part 2!! 😀 xxx

  • Reply Lola 17th July 2013 at 21:43

    beautiful pictures Kit, looks incredible, i’ve always wanted to visit, now even more so x

  • Reply Emma 21st July 2013 at 15:29

    I think this is my favourite ever post on your blog – you should be a travel photographer! Stunning snaps.

    I’m going to have to go to Morroco to get me one of those bowls 🙂

  • Reply Disneyrollergirl 25th July 2013 at 23:25

    Amazing as usual Kit, love your pics XX

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    beautiful beautiful photos, love!
    Yasmine xx

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