This charming blue and white city is where Arab, Berber, African, Jewish and European influences all merge happily. It is a place out of time although many foreignors have bought Riads in the medina. It is still relaxed however, with the only disturbance being the frantic bustle of the fishing harbour. Essaouira’s beauty has long attracted and inspired writers and artists. Add to this the Alizee, a forceful wind blowing from the Atlantic and it is hard not to fall in love with Essaouira. Formerly known as Mogador its name derives from its architectural roots – Es Saouira – the well drawn. In June the city comes alive with the famous Gnaoua festival.