Learning how to kitesurf in Africa's windiest city

As you wander along the beach in the Moroccan port town of Essaouira – with its camels, horses, large sand dunes and easy going locals – you’d be forgiven for thinking that time has stood still.

Essaouira has been popular with creative types since the 18th century. Attracted by its rich culture and old traditions, it’s a bustling yet laid back Medina with local handmade crafts, restaurants, boutiques and rooftop bar Taros. These are a magnet for actors, artists, writers and musicians – as well as tourists looking for a quieter Moroccan escape.

One of Essaouira’ most talked about visitors is Jimi Hendrix. He came to the city for 11 days

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