Essaouira
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The medieval architecture of this town is so splendid it was used as a backdrop in the film 'Othello'. This town has much to offer midway down on the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir. Fresh seafood, colorful bazaars, hiking, beaches, and desert adventures await you here!

Medina

Medina

A wonderful labyrinth of streets, this 18th mid-century fortified town was built with the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context.

Skala du Port

Skala du Port

This active fishing port is pleasurably mesmerizing to watch as the fishing boats dock. You can even see wooden boats being made and the Île de Mogador in the distance.

Diabat
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Diabat

A former hippy enclave where The Rolling Stones used to hang out. Visit the ruined palace and Ranch de Diabat for horse and camel rides -- Moador Golf Academy is also nearby.

Hammam Lalla Mira

Hammam Lalla Mira

Heated by solar energy, this is one of the oldest Turkish baths providing a stunning interior and offering blissful massages. It's part of a guesthouse, so booking is essential.

Musee Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah

Anthropology and art unite at this quaint refurbished museum of regional art in a traditional house showcasing weapons, instruments, carpets, and historical photos of Essaouira.

Cooperative Feminine Marjana

Cooperative Feminine Marjana

Half an hour out of Essaouira, this is an escape from the norm, where the women make argan oil for sale using traditional methods of argan and almond oil extraction. 

Watersports

Watersports

The strong winds are ideal for kite and windsurfing, and the watersports center by the promenade offers advice for novices and equipment to rent for more experienced enthusiasts.

Planning Your Essaouira Visit

Are solo women travelers safe?

Essaouira is more relaxed and laid back than other Moroccan cities, but of course there's always exceptions, so always take care. Be aware that Moroccan men are not used to seeing bare shoulders and ankles, so that might attract some attention. Remaining pleasant, but assertive is the best way to act.

Is a day trip to Marrakech easy to do?

Yes, and it gives you a chance to see more of the countryside. You can either rent a car, go by bus, or hire a private driver -- which is more expensive. The cheap return bus runs twice per day, although you will be limited with times, and the journey takes 3 hours by bus.

I've heard of goats climbing trees here -- myth or fact?

Indeed they do! It's their special quirk in this area of Morocco. They're skilled climbers that are attracted to the Argan tree, which ripens in June/July each year. Each hoof has two toes which can spread out for balance, while the soft soles of their feet help them to grip the bark. Seeing 20 goats up a tree is a sight to behold! 

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Fall tends to be the best time to visit when the winds are calmer, sunshine and heat is not as intense as in the summertime, and the tourist crowds have departed.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

A wonderful day out and well worth the money.

Very good vehicle, safe driver, efficient service and interesting stops on the way. Highly recommended.

From Marrakech: Full-Day Trip to Essaouira Reviewed by Anne, 10/19/2018

A charming town with excellent restaurants

I was expecting a day that was too quiet but was pleasantly surprised. We had a quick stop at the goats I held a baby the guy asked for 500d we gave him £200 and he thanked us. Bigger market than I expected the beach looks gorgeous camel rides could have booked a hammam in the town but went to quirky restaurant instead had tasty swordfish, very stylish and quietly playing jazz. We won’t forget our driver. Our solid respect to him and his family and warm wishes it was a pleasure to meet him. We did cringe when people got off the bus without tipping the driver - he spent hours driving us safely and well and making sure everyone was on board and had their gear and were cool enough. Our hotel has three entrances on different streets and at pick up 20 minutes later he couldn’t find us he didn’t give up until he got us on the bus. They take pride in their job and do it well - it good to show appreciation to someone taking care of your well-being and safety in tipping them properly.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Jeanette, 09/22/2018

Great day out, well organised and good value.

This was an excellent day out from Marrakesh. Pick up was on time, vehicle was modern and air conditioned and driver very good. We made a few stops along the way one to see the 'goats in the tree', at an argon oil facility and to look at some camels, which are all set up for the tourists, but good to stretch the legs just be prepared! overall an excellent day out, it is a long drive but Essouria is a lovely place very well worth visiting - just wish we could have stayed longer!

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Joanne, 09/03/2018

Litterally a breath of fresh air from Marrakech.

We very much enjoyed this trip, a long journey but well worth it and I'd definitely visit Essaouira again. We had 4 hours and yes, we could have used more, but we explored the port - watched the fisherman bringing in the daily catch, had lunch and strolled around as many streets as we could without getting lost and missing the coach back! Our driver was excellent.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Emma, 07/20/2018

Excellent! Beautiful place, Medina better than in Marrakech.

Good driver, punctual. Interesting stops on the way. And the town is lovely, enough time to walk around, eat something in beautifully decorated cafes and restaurants, visit a couple of museums and some art galleries. Definitely worth it as a day tour. I had two trips with Marrakech Travel Services, well organised indeed.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Nadia, 04/12/2018