FAQs

Vegan Restaurants in Essaouira

While it is easier for those who eat meat or fish to find interesting and nourishing food in Essaouira, it is not impossible to find vegan food in the city, although you will meet people who don’t quite understand the concept. Morocco is a country abundant in fresh vegetables and no stranger to pulses. With a little preparation and forward planning, you will survive and might even have a couple of truly excellent meals!

I compiled this list of vegan restaurants in Essaouira and other vegan options for finding vegan food.

Read my post for Travel Exploration about meat-free travel in Morocco for ideas.

If you’d like to cook vegan Moroccan food at home, check out my recipe for chickpea tajine.

Where can I get a massage in Essaouira?

There are plenty of spas and hammams where you can get a massage in Essaouira, but if you are looking for something more specific from a trained and experienced massage therapist, try Massimo. He practices several massage techniques, including: Shiatsu, Thai-Yoga, Watsu, Swedish, Californian, Lomi Lomi, Craniosacral, Deep Tissue and Reiki. Massimo has over 12 years of experience as a professional and practices the art of touch therapy using as much his considerable knowledge as through listening and intuition.

You can contact Massimo by email or by phone +212 (0)6 39 61 23 35

Where can I learn to cook in Essaouira?

Moroccan cuisine is increasingly popular and a great way to get to know the culinary culture of the country is through a cookery class. Check out my recommendations for where you can learn to cook in Essaouira on the blog.

Tips for older travellers to Morocco?

If as an older traveller, you are wondering whether there is anything you need to be specifically aware of or any preparations you need to make, check out my tips for older travellers to Morocco here.

For ideas on where to go and what to do in Morocco for the young at heart, check out this post.

How can I get permanent residency in Morocco?

Many non-Moroccan nationals ask me how to get permanent residency in Morocco.

First things first: unless you are recruited by a company in Morocco to work there, you cannot get anything more permanent than a 3 month tourist visa from outside the country.

Once in Morocco, you need to exit the country and renew your tourist visa every 90 days. Depending on the vagaries of the local police station, you should be able to extend it (once, for another 3 months) or apply for residency. A residency  card (carte de séjour) is normally granted for the first time for one year. It is a bit of a paper chase (you’ll need police records from both your home country and Rabat, for example) and it has advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that you don’t need to leave the country every 3 months. You should look into the financial, tax, pension, inheritance, residency, etc implications for your nationality.

You can typically apply for residency under the following conditions:

  1. you own property in Morocco and can prove enough income to support yourself;
  2. you are married to a Moroccan, or
  3. you have set up a business or find employment in Morocco to support yourself.

If you have question related to this topic, please also read my post on expat life in Essaouira. If you are planning a move to Essaouira, you may also find it useful to join the Essaouira Expats and Friends Facebook group – there are lots of people there who have expat experience.

I’m vegetarian. Can I travel in Morocco?

An internet search of “vegetarian travel Morocco” invariably brings up plenty of posts and advice about how difficult it is to travel as a vegetarian or vegan in Morocco. While I’ll admit that it is easier for those who eat meat (or at least fish), and you probably won’t meet a meat-free Moroccan. However, Morocco is a country abundant in fresh vegetables and with a little preparation, you will certainly not only not starve, but you might even have a couple of truly excellent meals!

Read my post for Travel Exploration about meat-free travel in Morocco for ideas.

If you’d like to cook vegetarian Moroccan food at home, check out my recipe for chickpea tajine.

Finally, if you are travelling to Essaouira and want the low-down on the top three vegetarian restaurants, check out my e-guide, The Best of Essaouira.

Vegans might find this list which I compiled on listly useful.

How is Eid celebrated in Morocco?

How is Eid celebrated in Morocco? There are two main Eid celebrations in the Muslim calendar – Eid al-ftr at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid el-kebir (‘big Eid’), which is the more significant of the two (hence the name).

To read about how Eid is celebrated in Morocco in a typical family in Essaouira, read my post here.

Further information is available in this post I wrote for the Twelve Countries blog.