Essaouira was one of our favorite stops on our adventures through Morocco. We may have been influenced by the relatively calm souks as compared to the overwhelming Marrakech medina. I’m also always drawn the ocean and Essaouria’s location sits right on the coast, facing out from a moon-shaped bay, which is protected by the Purple Islands. The ocean-facing walls and gates of the medieval fortress plays a part in the well known HBO series, Game of Thrones, as Slaver’s Bay. There are also many stories of Jimi Hendrix time in Essaouira, which seems to more myth than fact.