Essaouira and entering the Sahara

The Youth Hostel Cloud 9 I stayed in (yes I know I’m not a youth, oldies are allowed as well!) was great. It was my first stay in such a place and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Cloud 9 is situated right in the heart of the Medina, near to everything and is run by Jaouad who welcomed me in and help carry my bike and kit up to the hostel. I intended to stop for one night, but made it two, in the evening watching the football with Jaouad at a local Cafe.

Jaouad and I from Cloud 9 youth hostel

Jaouad and I from Cloud 9 youth hostel

The Medinas really come to life later on, getting very busy between 9pm and midnight. And the sunset near the harbour was fantastic.
Sunset Essaouira

Sunset Essaouira


Jaouad prepared a tagine for the evening.
Jaouad cooking Tagine

Jaouad cooking Tagine

Other Guests while I was there included several Americans, one from Fort Collins near my brother. A Bulgarian, some Chinese students who were on a break from studying in Bristol, some German kite surfers and and a guy from London.
Argan trees

Argan trees

Around Essaouira, there are lots of Argan trees for oil production, this can be used for cosmetic or culinary purposes. The value of the oil is quite high.
Little Donkey

Little Donkey

Outside of towns the main Transport is either mopeds, or Donkeys, this one appeared to be quite happy under a tree.
Now that's a loaded lorry!

Now that's a loaded lorry!

If there are a lot of goods then there are lorries. Most are small, but the drivers certainly know how to load them right up.
Another common form of Transport is the humble bicycle. Although aero dynamic clothing hasn’t caught on.
In season at the moment are cactus fruits. Opened by cutting each end, then horizontally and peeling back the outer. They taste lovely. The Desert started at Guelmim and the land progressively changed through to Tan-Tan where the road joined the coastline. One of the Wild camp spots had a used rifle shell on the ground.The roads go on for miles with not much traffic other than lorries, many transporting onions! For export I presume. Signs appeared for Dromedary, not to be mistaken with a camel which has two humps!The dunes started to appear properly after Laayoune. Not sure whether internet is ready available after now, so may not update until Nouachott, Mauritania.

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2 thoughts on “Essaouira and entering the Sahara

  1. hey

    we are glad for write to you this if you remember,this few words are from yousif and said the guys near of tiznit that restaurant on the route between agadir and tiznit you have been here on 11 this month,then we like to know about you, that time you send a picture to my email sorry to say this but I didn’t get it and I didn’t get your email to send you the website of this spanish guy what i say cause the a promise is a promise take cear of your self

    • Hi Yousif,

      I hope you, your wife and all the guys are well? I have tried sending the picture again to your email.

      Please check your spam filter. If it has not arrived can you contact me with another email address I can send it to?

      Best Regards,

      Gary 🙂

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