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About Essaouira

Essaouira is a small coastal town situated in Morocco. Essaouira backpacking tours offer travelers a number of highlights.


Essaouira airports include the following:
•Essaouira Airport


Essaouira bird life offers a range of interesting species, with a number of key birding spots including Essaouira Beach, Safi Beach and the woodlands near the Bab Sba, as well as the Ksab River area in the early morning. Flamingos, Ducks, Morning Doves, Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egret and many species of Sea Gulls.


With a number of wildlife and bird species facing extinction, and a high deforestation and desertification rate, with additional problems such as urbanisation, land abuse and over-grazing, Essaouira conservation is key to preserving the precious ecosystems within the region. A number of efforts are in place to try and address the city's conservation problems however.


Essaouira malaria medication includes the following:
•Malaria is not endemic in Essaouira
•You will not need to take malaria medication unless you have entered Essaouira from a malaria zone country
•Speak to your doctor if you are travelling between non-malaria and malaria countries
•Do not ever take malaria medication if it is not required, as side effects can be serious


Essaouira plant life varies from beautiful forest areas with trees such as olive tree, juniper, pine, cedar and oak, to dry shrub and grasslands with sparse desert areas in between. Wetland areas contain marsh vegetation, and there are also a number of palms to be found throughout the city.

Safety Tips

•Avoid large crowds or protests that could turn violent
•There is a fairly large terrorist threat everywhere in Morocco so be on guard at all times
•Road safety is a big concern and accidents are common
•The crime rate is fairly low but is growing, especially in busy areas
•Do not walk around alone after dark and keep all valuables safe and out of sight when walking in the daytime

Travel Books

Essaouira recommended travel books include the following:
•FootprintAfrica: Marrakech,The High Atlas & Essaouira by Julius Honnor
•Time Out Marrakech: Essaouira and the High Atlas by Time Out
•Morocco Country Guide by Paul Clammer
•Morocco: Eyewitness Travel Guides by DK Publishing
•The Rough Guide to Morocco by Mark Ellingham, Daniel Jacobs, Hamish Brown and Shaun McVeigh


The most common Essaouira wildlife is livestock like cattle, sheep, horses, donkeys and camels, as well as marine life including large game fish such as marlin and tuna in the nearby oceans.


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