Make sure you include La Fontaine Bleue in Essaouira as part of your itinerary when you travel to Morocco. We read many reviews of Riads in Essaouira before deciding upon La Fontaine Bleue. We wanted to stay close to the sea and were not disappointed in our choice. We booked early and were able to stay in a room overlooking the rocky coast. I, a native of Brittany, thought I was back in my native province! The room was much larger and nicer than the photo on the website and was well appointed and comfortable. The Riad is an easy 15 minute walk from the Bus Station and one is in the souks in no time. There we enjoyed great shopping for anything traditionally Moroccan. The neighborhood is very quiet. The only sound you will hear is that of the nearby surf. The inside of the riad is very quaint and furnished in traditional Moroccan décor. If you make it to the rooftop, you will have a spectacular view of the coastline while you are enjoying a delicious breakfast with Moroccan pancakes, bread, varied jams and honey, yogurt, fresh fruit and exquisite fresh orange juice. You owe it to yourself to have at least one dinner at the riad. It will be prepared by Malika and Hafida. Hafida, who is also the manager, surprised us by asking us what we would like to eat. If you get the chance, make sure you taste her eggplant caviar and the 3 pepper salad. We found those two young women charming, friendly, and helpful. And so was the rest of the staff we met, Waffa, Fatima and Malika. Everyone was always smiling, cheerful and showed a genuine interest in us. Another unexpected surprise upon our return to our room was to find two water bottles in our bed which we thoroughly enjoyed on that chilly night. We were lucky to meet and have dinner with the owners, Thierry and Martine. They are a charming couple and should be very proud of their beautiful riad which they almost totally rebuilt and furnished themselves with great taste. Our stop in Essaouira was excellent. We enjoyed the cooler weather after the six days spent in Marrakech with 90+ degree temperatures. But what made our (too short) visit just perfect was our stay in La Fontaine Bleue.
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