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Ranch de Diabat - Where we are?

Essaouira, otherwise called Mogador or the Pearl of the Atlantic.

A town located in the south of Morocco, 170km from Marrakech and as many north of Agadir, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in the direction of the Canary Islands.

Essaouira currently has 80,000 inhabitants and has an ancient history behind it.

Dominated by the Phoenicians and the Berbers first, to then land the Romans interested in the purple dyeing trade.

Later the Portuguese sailors renamed it Mogador.

In this period the Jewish community flourished in Essaouira which was more numerous than the Muslim one.

In 1764 Essaouira became a fortified naval base and the French military architect Théodore Cornut redesigned its structure, which we find similar to Saint Malo in northern France.

The city's economy had a great increase thanks to the Jewish community and the port that became international, but unfortunately declined at the time of the French protectorate and with the development of other ports such as Casablanca and Tangier and Agadir.

The city regained its splendour thanks to tourism and culture and music.

The Medina of Essaouira, registered in the Unesco heritage, is a splendour to visit and hides rare pearls of ancient culture and history.
The Casbah, which is the fortified citadel to protect the port, with the crenelated walls on which the Spanish cannons of the 17th and 18th centuries are located, in the underlying funds there are the workshops of the wood carvers, who work with great skill ebony, cedar, thuja.

The Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum dedicated to regional arts and traditions with musical instruments, collections of jewels, carpets, and typical costumes. The Mellah or Jewish quarter undergoing restoration, houses the cemetery where Rabbi Haim Pinto is buried, and the Synagogue open to visitors and run by a local family.

Getting lost in the Medina of Essaouira is a pleasure to explore these alleys full of artisans and shops of yesteryear, young inventors, musicians, painters, and many artists who populate it.

On the large Moulay Hassan Square there are delightful cafes where you can sit and listen to street musicians and enjoy the song of the seagulls. On the same square, the grilled fish offer a daily choice of fresh fish which they offer cooked on the grill or fried on the spot.

Entering the part of the souk (market) we go towards the real life of every day, with the trade of fruit, vegetables, meat and then we arrive at two renowned squares, one on the left named spice market and fish place, respectively "souk laghzal "and" blast l'hout "and on the right the market for grain and used things, respectively "Rahba" and "Jouteya".

For an optimal visit of the Medina, it is recommended to go to the guides office located at the Bab Sbaa gate, to be accompanied by an authorized guide, who will explain the history of Essaouira in your language, making you live a magical moment.

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Ranch de Diabat is located in Essaouira, Morocco.
Ranch de Diabat is located in Essaouira, Morocco.
Ranch de Diabat is located in Essaouira, Morocco.
Ranch de Diabat is located in Essaouira, Morocco.
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