With EasyJet launching a direct flight from Luton to Essaouira from 01 May, this charming seaside port with its whitewashed ramparts and bohemian feel will be even more accessible. Here are some of our favourite accommodation choices and a few ways to spend your time.

1. Villa de L’O

An 18th Century building that was once a storage depot for almonds. This elegant 12 room riad is French-owned and has a lovely colonial feel plus a roof terrace with some of the best views in town.

2. Villa Maroc

With 21 light and airy rooms spread over two houses, this pretty riad has many hidden corners and internal courtyards plus an atmospheric bar area, traditional hammam and large roof terrace.

3. L’Heure Bleue

A member of Relais & Chateaux this 36 room hotel is located just within the town walls and has a wonderful heated rooftop pool.

4. Cheese & Wine Tasting

Head a short distance inland to the countryside surrounding Essaouira and sample some of the local produce. Taste wonderful cheeses before visiting the Val D’Argan winery for wine tastings – a lovely day out!

5. Seafood & Arts

Spend a day exploring the colourful medina with its whitewashed walls, cobbled streets and bright blue shuttered doorways. Head to the port for a seafood lunch, freshly caught and simply cooked before heading back into the medina to explore some of the colourful local art galleries.

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Author: Steppes Travel