24.09.2015 - 24.09.2015
Today is the start of Eid Al-Adha and today lambs will be slaughtered in honor of the festival. The hotel did offer us a breakfast but I'm sure they closed the door right behind us to go and celebrate with their family. We on the other hand have a long roadtrip to look foreward to. One plus-point of driving during a festival is: we're the only ones on the road. After driving for an hour we see theprayer services on the hillsides, looks impressive! A bit later the mass is done and our bus has to drive very slow due to many people walking on the road. Yet a bit later the road is empty again.
As was told everything is closed, even gas stations so a pit stop turned out to be quite an adventure. Our driver did find us a toilet but not of the luxurious kind.Curious tourists (me too btw)Everyone went anyway. We got to Essaouira [Essaouira-travel-guide-1079514] way before scedule, not so strange beiing the only one on the road most of the time. We checked in to our hotel and then went to check out the beach. I shared my lunch with Cynthia, she bought the can of tuna, I bought the drinks and we both had bread. We discovered the beach of Essaouira isn't the best place to have lunch; it's a windy place so we had bread with tuna and sand.
Nice thing about a festival like this is to be able to see the village Essaouira without all the souvenirs stuck to every bit of wall. Most shops are closed (not all) and the narrow streets look pitoresque with the nice woodwork shutters and doors you won't be able to see when the shops are open. The preparing of the sheeps heads by burning them is interesting to me but might be a cruel picture to others. On several places in town the man are burning and scratching the scin of the heads so they can be prepared to eat later.
To our luck not everything is closed so we can have dinner in a restaurant although it's a more expensive one as we are getting used to (prizes still well below Belgian standard so why am I complaining?) The setting is very nice and we can enjoy the seaside sunset from the terrace. Essaouira looks almost like a French mediterranean town instead of a Moroccan town, guess the French influence is very clear here
After dinner I went to a small bar with Cynthia and Ilona to enjoy some traditional Gnawa music. We saw the sign as we were going to the restaurant and decided it would be a nice thing to end the day with. Finding the right bar was a bit more difficult but we found it in the end. A 3 men Gnawa band was playing the traditional music and we sat and had a drink or two before we had enough culture for the evening and went back to the hotel.