Morocco’s west coast. Home of the windy city, Essaouria. I had been dreaming about combining my love for the beach and Morocco for quite some time and other than the rain and wind writing off beach time as I like it, there was still so much to enjoy about this slow paced city. The streets are calm and filled with the most adorable cats, the carpet shops extended to trees and the restaurants characteristic with plenty of plant based options. I enjoyed being on the roof of Riad Baladin, watching the sunset across the ocean, walking along the city walls and the beach (when we weren’t being blown over) and our dinners at the delightful Triskala (we were recommended this by Damien of Riad Baladin and loved it so much we ate there every night)! The only thing I found to be missing was a little bit of sunshine to warm us up.
From Essaouria we went for our down time to the surrounding countryside, no wifi, just some argan trees, a few other like minded people, a beautiful eco lodge with the sweetest housekeeper. Here I was wowed, and able to see yet another side of Moroccan culture and such kindness from these beautiful people. Here it was Omar and his help that made our stay so memorable. From the treats with our breakfast (homemade nut butter and soya milk from scratch – this really made me extremely happy after only having black coffee the whole trip) to the thought out 3 course meals made from local fresh ingredients for lunch and dinner. We would go for walks to nowhere, visit the river bank and watch the wildflowers dance. There was an in house hammam that we did ourselves. It was nothing short of a rustic dream, where out room was little a cozy cave, keeping us sheltered from the cold. It was the perfect place to snuggle up, read our books and have some relaxed ‘us’ time.