Castles In The Sand
imi Hendrix wrote his fell into disrepair.
song, "Castles in the Sand"
in 1967,and that was two Today the fishing port is
years before he actually visited surrounded by whitewashed two
Morocco. The site of "Castles in storied buildings with
the Sand" was the then small town traditional blue shutters. Its
and fishing village of Essaouira sandy beaches are uncluttered and
on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. The for the most part empty of
town has grown a lot in the high-density tourist traffic.
intervening 35 years. It is Beyond the beaches are row upon
relatively close to the capital row of rolling dunes. These dunes
Casablanca, built around a busy provide ideal shelter because
fishing port. Ironically Essaouira is a windy place and
Essaouira was one of only two that is part of its charm!
ports in Morocco that were Because this town, which the
entitled to trade with Europe, Portuguese named Mogador is a
and so in the past it had held a wind surfer's paradise, so much
much more important role in so that I plays host to several
Moroccan affairs than it does international windsurfing
today. As a trading port founded competitions. But there's more,
by the Portuguese in the if there's wind there is
eighteenth century it lured generally surf as well. Yes,
business and business people to Essaouira is also a surfer's
come and work within its heaven, and they come from all
confines. In fact the British around and even further afield to
held an important foothold there. catch rides on some big breakers.
However, with the growth of the
French protectorate, Casablanca
was favored and in the early Another feature of this
twentieth century, and Essaouira remarkable Moroccan town is the
Gnawas Festival, which is and tastes. For example for
probably the event that attracted something rather different, "Dar
Jimi Hendrix to the region. The Liouba" is a gem of a place. This
Gnawas comprise a traditional small guest house is a former
group of singers and musicians. Imam's residence which has been
They are black because they come re-designed by a Russian
from a slave heritage and this Furnisher and a French Chinese
has greatly influenced their Jewelry designer to be come a
music that has a heavy sophisticated hostelry filled
trance-inducing beat. The Gnawas with lush green plants and
Festival takes place in June each traditional carved cedar wood,
year and draws people from all but if that's not to your taste
over the world. there is a lot more accommodation
to choose from.
Essaouira offers a grand
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