Essaouira Ramparts
Essaouira Ramparts
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These ramparts provide a glimpse into how this old seaport village was fortified against invasion.
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  • Denis Orlovas
    London, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and easy day trip
    Value for money trip. Helpful guide picked us up from our hotel. Comfortable car and smooth journey . Essaouira was nice and charming little town. Thank you , group of tourists from UK .
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Mina
    Berlin, Germany4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful and chill travel in Essaouira.
    This is the best place for me in Morocco. I spend 10 days in Morocco and Essaouira is the last station, which gives me a real surprise. Here is more quiet than Casablanca, more chill than Fes and Marrakesch. the whole medina fulls of artistic atmosphere. The sunset and surge always come into my mind after I go back to home. I am really happy to spend 3 days here. And would like to consider go back for Kite surfing in summer.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Danny S
    Sugar City, Idaho15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Views of the Port and Medina
    Overlooking the harbor, these Portuguese-built defenses provide excellent views of the city, beach, and harbor. It is a nice spot to people watch. They close in the early evening so don’t plan on watching sunset from there.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 7, 2024
  • Jeff T
    Doha, Qatar524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Active area for touring and observing.
    Nice spot to visit while in the city. There is always some activity going on in the area such as boats going out, coming in, market activity, sunsets and general commotion. The crowds ebb and flow along with these activities. Parts of the general area are working areas not accommodating to tourists so be careful and aware when walking and taking photos. Sunset is nice as many of the tour groups have left and much of the daily activity begins to fade. With the wind it can get cold and during the day it can be very sunny and exposed so dress/cover appropriately. Not much in the way of bathrooms and other amenities so be prepared.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 20, 2024
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Alice Lenssen
Liege Province, Belgium18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Thé walls Surround thé Old part of the Town and on the higher points you get an excellent view over the atlantic océan and fishing port. Ist is spectacular on Windy days
Immense Waves are crushing against the Walls. If you Go early in the Morning the Place is Really peaceful and Great to take pictures. You hear Nothing but the océan and the birds.
Written February 28, 2020
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Danny S
Sugar City, ID15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Overlooking the harbor, these Portuguese-built defenses provide excellent views of the city, beach, and harbor. It is a nice spot to people watch. They close in the early evening so don’t plan on watching sunset from there.
Written February 7, 2024
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Ed C
Arlington, VA769 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Essaouira Ramparts, particularly the section known as Skala de la Kasbah is a very picturesque site. I first saw it from the fishing port side. The citadels on either end of the walls will be familiar to Game of Thrones fans (3rd season).

I was told by a local that the view from the other (north) end at Bab Ljhad was even better at that time of morning. Since I was in the fish market at the time, I walked through the medina and approached Bab Ljhad from below. There are a few steps and a ramp leading up to the gate. On the other side is a circular fortified are complete with cannon.

The view of the Atlantic waves crashing on the rocks below is spectacular. Also you can look along the ramrod straight Skala de la Kasbah towards the western citadel. Every few yards (meters) along the wall is a cannon pointing out towards the Atlantic. It was easy to imagine them ready to repel attackers.

The recommendation was good because it was still relatively early in the morning and the sun had not risen very high, so the light along the south-south-west running ramparts was perfect for taking pictures. I did not have the opportunity so see the view from the opposite end. Take your camera and visit either in the morning or evening. The fishing trawlers are coming back to port. also provide picture opportunities.
Written April 23, 2020
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Jeff T
Doha, Qatar524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Nice spot to visit while in the city. There is always some activity going on in the area such as boats going out, coming in, market activity, sunsets and general commotion. The crowds ebb and flow along with these activities. Parts of the general area are working areas not accommodating to tourists so be careful and aware when walking and taking photos. Sunset is nice as many of the tour groups have left and much of the daily activity begins to fade. With the wind it can get cold and during the day it can be very sunny and exposed so dress/cover appropriately. Not much in the way of bathrooms and other amenities so be prepared.
Written February 20, 2024
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Unlike the medina of Marrakech - the medina of Essaouira is calm and slow . Its casual atmosphere let you stroll around the alleys, relaxed , without the feeling that you must shop or do anything in particular . People around you are patient and friendly . One of the places you must visit is the medina ramparts with the beautiful panoramic views of the Atlantic it offers and the small lovely shops located at the base of the walls . Highly recommended , and of course - bring along your cameras .
Written June 11, 2022
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Around the main Medina is the thick city wall, acting as the main defence for the old city. On the seaward side you can walk along the walls looking out over the fishing port to the Atlantic. The sunsets are an amazing photo opportunity.
Written November 28, 2022
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The ramparts are one of the first things you see In Essaouira. Perched over these defensive walls you see a variety of European cannons. These were gifted to Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah by the merchants during the nineteenth-century. You can also visit the Port Skala and the Medina Skala on the ramparts. These days you can visit the woodworker’s Souk selling Thuya wood items on street level in the rampart’s base. This used to be the area where ammunition used to be stored. The ramparts in Essaouira are triangular. Hence, anyone looking out has a broader field of vision than the enemy peering in. You can enjoy panoramic views of both the ocean and the Medina from these fortifications. The ramparts were used as filming location for Orson Wells Othello and the series The Game of Thrones.
Written January 4, 2021
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Hcmb Veteran
Essaouira, Morocco84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I never get tired of visiting the Ramparts in Essaouira. Two years ago, my wife and I rented a small apartment overlooking the Ramparts and the ocean for three weeks. It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations we've had.
We just returned to Essaouira for a few days in March with some friends who had never been there before and this was one of the 'must see' locations in the medina.
Written April 11, 2022
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AlanPStamm
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This historic landmark with centuries old canons (catch the dates on the bottom of each cast-iron barrel) offers dramatic, impressive views of crashing waves and the jagged coast.

You'll click the shutter frequently at this memorable, Gram-ready, selfie-ideal location. You even may want to strike a "Game of Thrones" pose.
Written October 9, 2021
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Mina
Berlin, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is the best place for me in Morocco. I spend 10 days in Morocco and Essaouira is the last station, which gives me a real surprise. Here is more quiet than Casablanca, more chill than Fes and Marrakesch. the whole medina fulls of artistic atmosphere. The sunset and surge always come into my mind after I go back to home.
I am really happy to spend 3 days here. And would like to consider go back for Kite surfing in summer.
Written January 3, 2024
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