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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!



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.

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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. 



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

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    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
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  • 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

Great value experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.

From hotel collection early morning until return late afternoon, the trip was professionally organised and delivered. Although not mentioned in the itinerary, a knowledgeable, experienced and humorous guide met us at our destination and led us through the best parts of the town, before leaving us for a couple of hours to do our own things. He explained clearly how to navigate the area and the landmarks to trace our way back to the bus. The usual two commission stops at a pottery and an argan oil cooperative were well managed and I felt no pressure to buy anything (though I did buy something from the cooperative). I would book with this company again.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Alec, 02/12/2019

Great day of wandering around the old town and relaxing on the beach.

We appreciated the option to stay with the tour guide or wander ourselves. 4 hours in such a beautiful town felt too short. It was a full-on enjoyable day. The additional stopover to see the argan oil cooperative and tree goats were fabulous extras. As we were staying within the medina, the email to confirm the meeting point was known before the trip was essential.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Janet, 01/28/2019

Excellent ride (comfy, clean vehicle), loved the stops along the way!

We really enjoyed this excursion and highly recommend it. The vehicle was comfortable and clean, and the driver was considerate with the stops and gave us time at each one as needed. The goats in the trees did not disappoint and we enjoyed that stop and opportunity to take photos and hold baby goats, immensely! Argon co-op was also a good stop, better than another Co-op we visited another day of our trip. Time at destination was perfect. Enjoyed the whole day.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Jackie, 01/28/2019

beautiful, well cared for horses. professional stable.

i had a stunning private ride, off season, with an excellent guide. my only regret was i couldn't stay longer and get to know my horse better, and another longer ride. i was very impressed with the excellent care of horses, who were very happy, friendly and beautiful.

From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride Reviewed by Simon, 01/10/2019

Great day-trip - many activities to fill the day

We went to dock and purchased fish, grilled it in the nearby restaurant, shopped in the medina, relaxed in a cafe and enjoyed crepes and went strolling on the beach. To see a video of what happened:

From Marrakech: Full-Day Trip to Essaouira Reviewed by Lily, 01/06/2019