Located on the Atlantic coast, the city of Essaouira, Morocco, is 173 km north of Agadir 174 km west of Marrakech, and 406 km south of Casablanca Essaouira is the capital of the province of the same name in within the Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz region. The climate of the city of Essaouira is of Mediterranean type with oceanic influence, because of its location in the Atlantic coast. It is of type, very similar to that found in San Francisco. Unlike other coastal cities in Morocco, Essaouira enjoys a mild climate throughout the year with a minimum average temperature between 12 and 13 ° C between November and February, due to the cold current from the Canary Islands, and the wind of the trade winds. The rainfall varies between 300 and 400 mm / year while the sunshine reaches about 3000 h / year. The rainy season runs from October to April and the dry season from May to September. The rainy days cover on average 40 to 50 days per year. Tourism is increasingly important in Essaouira, with beautiful hotels and guest houses, located in traditional Moroccan riads in the old city, as well as in the surrounding countryside. The beach of Essaouira is renowned for windsurfing and kitesurfing thanks to the powerful winds that blow almost constantly in the bay as well as the annual organization of a stage of the Kitesurf World Cup. The corniche of Essaouira is of exquisite beauty, just in front of the Dzira and in front of the small port, the relaxation is ensured with schools dedicated to the surf as well as activities related to the wind. A few kilometers to the south, towards the road to Agadir, we can appreciate islets and Riads, as well as a unique beach because still virgin; it is the beach of Sidi Kaouki, located about 25 km from the city. All around there are many fields of argan tree. This is an opportunity for tourists to see and appreciate argan oil, unique in this region and nowhere else. The ramparts around the city and especially near the port testify to the period of the Portuguese sailors, the Sqala is a unique site that the tourist discovers a few minutes from the square which houses authentic cafes for lovers of Gnaoua music. It is also on this same place that organizes every year the festival of Gnaouas. From this square you can walk the streets of the medina and enjoy Souiri crafts. We also discover, among other things, the fish market and spices that are always worth a visit, as well as a pretty little square called the “place aux grains”, which still houses a few artisan shops and cafes with pleasant terraces. The city is known for its multiple crafts (the work of cedar wood – marquetry, leather, copper … etc.) but also for its paintings in the colors of the sea. The port of Essaouira is to date the third largest sardine fishing port in Morocco, after the ports of Casablanca and Agadir (the waters are not deep enough for large vessels). Fishermen market sardines pageots hake sars mullet swordfish soles sea bream .. Very animated at the time of the return of the fishing boats, and the auction sale of fish markets, the port is an important place of tourism in Morocco.