6. Essaouira[SEE MAP]
Essaouira is a peaceful coastal city with a distinct European feel. Once a French protectorate, the city has a blend of cultures and architectural styles. In the 1960s, it attracted hippies, musicians, and travelers, and has since become a popular destination for travelers looking to explore the beautiful medina.
Essaouira boasts sandy beaches, although the strong winds make sunbathing difficult.
Windsurfing enthusiasts flock to the city’s beaches in the summer to take advantage of the winds. The harbor and old city walls add depth to the city’s history and the narrow lanes and ancient streets make for a great place to get lost and discover hidden secrets.