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The Mausoleum of Sidi Kaouki.....

The Berber village of Sidi Kaouki....

sunny 30 °C

I had visited this ancient Marabout shrine many times over the years, but this year was the first time I had been able to access the interior of the holy man's shrine and take some pictures, as the caretaker was leaving his quarters to go for lunch he gave me permission to enter and explore inside Essaouira Sidi Kaouki Koubba the caretakers kitchen

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki Koubba the caretakers kitchen

Essaouira Mausoleum of Sidi Kaouki

Essaouira Mausoleum of Sidi Kaouki

Essaouira Marabout of Sidi Kaouki

Essaouira Marabout of Sidi Kaouki

Essaouira Sidi Kaouiki Mausoleum at low tide

Essaouira Sidi Kaouiki Mausoleum at low tide

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki inside the Marabout

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki inside the Marabout

Some areas of the building are closed off to the public for safety reasons and the roof is inaccessible, the long-departed holy man, according to legend, had powers to help barren women although it is not clear how this miracle was achieved, but there is a "Moussem" ( congregation of devotees and pilgrims) held annually during the month of August.......

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki a narrow stairway to the roof

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki a narrow stairway to the roof

Essaouira Sid Kaouki view from the top of the Marabout

Essaouira Sid Kaouki view from the top of the Marabout

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki a narrow stairway to the roof

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki a narrow stairway to the roof

The tomb chamber and Koubba interior.....

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki interior tomb chamber

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki interior tomb chamber

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki detail of interior koubba

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki detail of interior koubba

The village is around 9 miles from Essaouira but more by road, two bus companies operate this route, Lima number 2 from the stance at Essaouira Bab Doukala north Medina gate, and Jawarat Hiba from opposite the main bus station on Ave Deuxieme Mars with fares at only ten dirhams, but running on irregular timetables, a better option might be the Grand taxi from the rank beside the bus station....

Essaouira bus to Sidi Kaouiki

Essaouira bus to Sidi Kaouiki

Essaouira Sidi Kaouiki new age traveller minibus

Essaouira Sidi Kaouiki new age traveller minibus

Essaouira Ave 2 Mars Jawharat Hiba minibuses

Essaouira Ave 2 Mars Jawharat Hiba minibuses

Sidi Kaouki offers more than just kitesurfing facilities, its main attraction for surf aficionados, there are also quad bikes, camels and horses to hire along the vaste expanse of largely-deserted Atlantic African beach, it's one of the windiest locations on the Atlantic coast....

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki beach

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki beach

Essaouira Sid Kaouki beach looking south

Essaouira Sid Kaouki beach looking south

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki camels for hire

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki camels for hire

Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki beach

Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki beach

There are many hotels and restaurants on the beach, and for general security A Gendarmerie ( highway police station), beside the Gendarmerie is the Grand taxi rank and bus stop.

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki beach restaurant.

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki beach restaurant.

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki Gendarmerie

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki Gendarmerie

There is much kitesurfing on the beach, wind permitting, but sometimes the wind is too powerful and the kite can drag the enthusiast on to sharp rock formations leading to injuries, so this is not a sport for beginners!

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki mausoleum and beach cafes

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki mausoleum and beach cafes

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki kite in action

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki kite in action

Essaouira Sidi Kaouiki kitesurfing

Essaouira Sidi Kaouiki kitesurfing

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki beach kite out of control

Essaouira Sidi Kaouki beach kite out of control

The word "Kaouki" is pronounced "cow kee".......

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