Essaouira

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As with Marrakech and Ouarzazate, we arrive in the dark in December, this time in the pouring rain.  Unfortunately our hopes of a log fire in a cosy riad are dashed as all the interesting ones appear to be full and we end up in the somewhat sterile Hotel des Iles.  In retrospect it is a comfortable if rather anachronistic bit of 1940's design, apparently by the same architect as La Mamounia in Marrakech.

I had almost been avoiding Essaouira on the basis that a seaside town boasting pretty fishing harbour, medina, fortifications and all the key attractions of a tourist trap would be a huge disappointment.  It turns out to be really pleasant with no hassle at all and, although there are many tourists, even coach loads, they do not seem to have taken the place over.

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