The show fans will immediately recognize the walled medina of Essaouira as Astapor, the slave-trading city where Daernerys buys her army of Unsullied warriors.
The truth is that the city looks like a Mediterranean village with white small houses and deep blue doors as other Moroccan cities has a Phoenician and Roman past.
Essaouira is probably the oldest city in Morocco. Located in a bay sheltered by the Mogador island, it was the perfect location for a port protected from the strong Atlantic winds. In the 5th century BC it was a Carthaginian trading post but probably it has a Phoenician origin.
The Mogador island is the home of many murex and purpura shells what it led to a probably very profitable purple dye factory on the early 1st century BC. In fact, Pliny called these islands “Purpurarias” because of the color production.
After the Punic Wars, Mogador would pass to the Romans and the Berbers after the fall of the Empire.
In the 16th century, the Portuguese settled in the city building the defensive castle. It was the beginning of what it is Essaouira today. In 2001 the medina of Esssaouira and the island of Mogador where included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The medina of Essaouira is a paradise of narrow whitewashed streets inside an impressive fortification.
The white colors of the lime, the blue of its windows and doors and the stone combine to create a surprising artistic historical ensemble, where it is worth getting lost and spend time wandering its charming corners.
You cannot leave the city without trying the local gastronomy based in the fresh fish captured every morning in the Atlantic. Grilled sardines or octopus tajin are among the specialties!