Essaouira, Morocco (2/13)

It’s time to step away from the typical Moroccan stop in Marrakesh and check out the affordable Essaouira, which means “little picture” in Arabic and brings in plenty of artists. There are low-cost direct flights from Europe and the UK, and it offers windsurfing, kite surfing, and beaches with a Moroccan flavor. The unique city is walled in by ramparts, a blue and white wall, and stone gates. You can spend hours wandering around the many souks and exploring the colors, scents, sounds, and flavors of Morocco. Fresh seafood is delightfully cheap.