April 13th, 2014

Morocco – Agadir and Essaouira Sueyra

Morocco – like a tree whose roots
rooted in African soil, but leaves
European breathe air.
King Hassan II of Morocco

In this country, breathing Sahara merged with the ocean breeze, and the Berber culture is closely intertwined with the French in a quaint Moroccan carpet. His patterns – white-blue Es Sueyra, Marrakesh and Agadir color flamingo, like a phoenix, risen from the ashes – will enchant again and again returning to the colored dreams.

The city is situated on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. In the ocean just north of Agadir are the Canary Islands. Agadir – it's 300 days of sunshine a year and mild warm climate. In July and August the daytime temperature of 27 degrees. The beaches are surrounded by eucalyptus and pine trees.

What to look interesting:
– Fishing port. Noteworthy fish auction themselves species of fish that are familiar to you, perhaps, only by films aquariums or zoos. And besides, ships – modern and rarities, in a state of repair, unloading and construction.

– Avenue Hassan II. There is a park "Valley of the birds", in which you can admire rare species of exotic birds. Tiny inhabitants of the reserve of birds will not leave anyone indifferent.

– Municipal Museum of Culture Amazing. Here are collected everyday objects Souss Valley residents, as well as a collection of Berber jewelry.

– Mount Uflyah. At the close time of the day to burn it close to the heart of every Moroccan word "Allah", "Motherland", "The King".

– Ruins of the Casbah. Fortifications in 1752 are the only historical monument surviving in Agadir after the earthquake in 1960.

Es Sueyra.
170 km from Agadir, the charming medieval town of Essaouira Sueyra. This white house with turquoise shutters, walls with old guns. The city elected its mecca hippies and surfers.

The city has expressed Arab character, because of its history: the century after century it changed hands, shape and name. In the VIII century BC, the Phoenicians built their trading post, called Tamusida. A little later the Carthaginians settled here, and who built a port and trade settlement. In the I century AD Es Sueyra was famous for all its Mediterranean purple paint. It was extracted from needle shellfish vodivshihsya in large quantities near the surrounding islands.

In the tenth century the city became the home of the Berbers, who named it in honor of the spiritual leader Mogdula Amogdulom. Until the XV century Amogdul stood at the intersection of trade routes from the South, and so after a fierce battle he was captured by the Portuguese, turning in Mogaduru, which was later named Mogadurom Spaniards and Frenchmen – Mogador. Many historical sources call Es Sueyru city pirates, pirate whose past ended with the victory of Sultan Ahmed nicknamed Golden Winner.

And only about 1760 Mohammed II turned the city into a naval base. City, harbor and strengthening look absolutely as Europeans, as they designed the famous French architect Theodore Cornu. Wandering through the old town famous authors of "Angelica" Anne and Serge Golon, who "sold" her character here, a slave market. Or Orson Welles, who filmed scenes on the walls of the bastion of his "Othello". Or our contemporary Victoria Platov, who wrote a detective novel, which is mostly developed in the Medina Essaouira Sueyry.

What to look interesting:

– Town and Port Marine bastions. Inspect the port costs, since the gate, then wander through the well-preserved medina, choose souvenirs in the local market Suk Jadid.

– Gallery Damgarada. Here you can see the original painting Es Sueyry.

– Museum of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah. It presents an exhibition dedicated to the ancient crafts, weapons and ornaments, as well as demonstrate various musical instruments.

– Annual June Festival Gnawa music. He glorified Es Sueyru the whole world.

Gnawa – Music descendants of black slaves brought from Mali and Guinea. According to legend, the founder of her slave Bilal healed singing daughter Fatima Mohammed. In imitation of Gnawa musicians Bilal consider themselves not only artists, but also healers, their melodies intertwine with Islamic folklore and legends of Africa. At night there is an action called "lila" from rhythmic song and dance musicians fall into a trance, bringing themselves into a frenzy.