A compact but extremely appealing house within the old Medina. Tall & thin, extremely characterful and definately NOT "Cod Riad" but decorated in a quirky mix of trad Moroccan and (many) other styles, which all work very well together. Easily accessed from the Medina gate/car park/taxi rank. Everywhere within the Medina is within a short(ish) walk, and the maze of alleys is a great challenge - though as my 11yr old lad observed, it's impossible to get lost as eventually you'll reach a "bab" (city gate) and get your bearings. Because you're in a real local house, fronting directly onto the street, local life in all its hues unfolds in front of you - kids playing football, the detergent seller, countless kiosk owners, people weaving miles of braid, horse taxis returning to their stables at the end of the day. (Though, mercifully, very few mopeds / scooters, officially banned in the Medina) You do get to connect with the locals a bit more because of this, but virtually without exception the reaction was accommodating and friendly, and at no point did I as a father taking his family a little further afield get any sense of threat or hostility. Point to note - whereas in Marrakech my 14year old (but looks older) daughter had the unwelcome attention of countless local youths, Essaouira was hassle-free in this respect. And the store owners were far less in-your-face too.
The property's best asset is perhaps its cleaner/manager/fixers and generally very helpful souls, Naima and Hakim, who were prepared to bend over backwards in any which way to help out - F'rinstance, I set out one morning, only to tear my shirt on a loose nail on a porter's cart. I went home to change, and Naima had the shirt repaired by the local tailor in time for lunch. The recommendations in the Dar 91 "things to do, places to visit" guide were comprehensive, and invariably well chosen and accurate. I would implore anyone to go to the Hammam - for the men it's an experience, for the women it's (apparently) something else still. The owners themselves seem to really have an interest in the community in Essaouira, and what contact we had with them was extremely positive and helpful - all round, we felt well cared for!
You could, quite easily, stay here and do nothing more than get a "grand taxi" to the beach each day, and find a restaurant to eat at in the evening. Personally, I enjoyed the opportunity to touch the real Morocco - shopping for groceries (really cheap!), playing football with the kids in the street, finding the cafes that the locals frequent, that sort of thing.
Finally - if you want camel riding, horse riding or quad biking, then DON'T go near the touts on the beach. Make the journey out to to Diabat (6km away) to the ranch there, where the animals are extremely well cared for, the guides competent and safe, and in possesion of (seemingly) the only motorcycle helmets in Morocco! Pricier than the beach touts but WELL worth it. Negotiate a deal for two hours, you'll go for miles through the dunes and along the beach.
To sum up the experience, I'll quote my 11yr old lad's words as we waited for our luggage at Manchester airport:-
"It's totally the best ever holiday I've ever had!".
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