Strong trade winds make the crescent beach in Essaouira the ideal place for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. But the laidback vibe of this walled town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast also makes it the perfect spot to try a traditional hammam. Here are three of the best places to relieve aches and pains after an active day at the beach.

Moroccan hammams use local ingredients such as rose water and essential oils

The essential one

Feel like a sultan in the ornate hammams of Les Massages Berberes on Rue Mohamed El Qorry where you are pampered with essential local oils. Make sure you also swing by the gift shop and pick up rose, almond and argan creams and items like black soap, henna and scrubbing gloves that are used at public baths. 

Azur Art & Spa is a stylish option

The good-looking one

Savour a relaxing break from reality in an eye-catching, tastefully curated setting at the stylish Azur Art & Spa on Rue Khalid Ibn Oualid – a one-stop shop for treating yourself where can also get a facial, a massage or a hair appointment.

The old-fashioned one

For a strictly traditional cleanse, book into Hammam Mounia (aka the Two Doors) on Rue Oum Rabii, where their classic rough scrub-down promises to leave your skin clean and tingly all over.