Medina of Essaouira

It is hard to get lost in medina of Essaouira – it is not a big one and main streets tend to be wide enough and straight, as the plan of town was influenced by European geometry.

Gates of medina

Bab Marrakech

GPS coordinates: 31°30’42.9″N 9°45’57.1″W (31.511929, -9.765869)

From this gate starts the way to Sahara. Caravans full of goods were leaving Essaouira. They passed Bab Marrakesh and headed to Timbuktu.

Bab Doukkala and souk Jdid

GPS coordinates: 31°30’58.3″N 9°45’57″W (31.516186, -9.765829)

Bab Doukkala leads to the north direction the town of Safi. On the intersection of 2 straight streets that start from Bab Marrakech and Bab Doukkala there is a market – souk Jdid (red rectangle on the map, map is in the end of article).

Colourful tagines of all sizes
Colourful decorative tajines of all sizes in souk Jdid

Bab el-Sebâa

GPS coordinates: 31°30’40.8″N 9°46’11.3″W (31.511328, -9.769797)

In 19th century kasbah zone of medina was extended. There were built new walls to include new territory. So in 1866 Bab el-Sebâa gate was erected as a new entrance.

"New" part of medina
The added part of medina – view to the gate in old wall


Jewish quarter is now partly abandoned, today only 3 Jews live in Essaouira. The other ~40% of population of the town left for Israel. That’s why many houses in Mellah just fall apart and after that they are demolished. You will find a lot of Jewish places outside Mellah quarter too – just be observant and notice hexagrams.

Ben Youssef mosque

GPS coordinates: 31°30’45.8″N 9°46’10.2″W (31.512727, -9.769502)

This is the oldest (1773) and the biggest (2000 sq.m.) mosque of Essaouira. The height of minaret is ~67 m. high.

Minaret of Ben Youssef mosque
Minaret of Ben Youssef mosque is visible from many locations

Trading in an arch

Cat sleeping in the sun

Evening in Essaouira

Bookshop & cat

Arch at souk Jdid

Sunset in medina

Low archway

A cat enjoying sun


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