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  • From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

    1. From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

    Leave Marrakech at 08:00, ready for a 3-hour journey to the beautiful Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. Once you arrive at the port city, formerly known as Mogador, you will have time to enjoy the charming sights of Essaouira, including its ocher-colored walls, the beautiful Moulay El Hassan square, and the souks, as well as the little streets of the city's old Medina. Enjoy a lunch of fresh fish in a local restaurant. During your trip, visit an association of Berber women producing argan oil, see the local markets, and marvel at the gems in the jeweler's quarter.  You will return to Marrakech at the end of the afternoon, arriving back to the "Red City" at around 19:00.

    The experience was good! Everything was as described, the transportation was clean and the guide was charismatic! However the fact that there was only one guide that had to translate the same thing into 3 different languages (English, Spanish, French as not everyone spoke English) was a bit of a time waster. Essaouira is very nice and definitely worth the visit!

  • From Marrakech: Day Trip to Essaouira

    2. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Essaouira

    Depart from Marrakech in the early morning and head to Essaouira in a comfortable and air-conditioned van. On the way, visit one of the women's cooperatives producing argan oils and enjoy some mint tea.

    Once you arrive at Essaouira, the driver will introduce you to your private guide in Essaouira. After this, head to the port and take the chance to enjoy the excitement of the fish auction.

    Visit the medina and enjoy a quick stroll through the shops that interest you. Climb some of the ramparts to get some of the best views of the city. Choose your lunch from a wide range of gastronomic options in Essaouira including seafood specialties, French cuisine, Japanese food, and vegetarians options.

    After a guided tour, enjoy free time to do your own exploring before you meet your driver in the late afternoon to return to Marrakech. Enjoy a small ice cream or a refreshing...

  • From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

    3. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

    Your trip starts with pickup at approximately 8:00 AM from your accommodation in Marrakesh. In a new, comfortable, and air-conditioned car, start off for your unforgettable day tour to Essaouira, known for its beauty and serenity. During the 2-hour ride, make a stop at the "goat tree", an unforgettable Argan tree with goats perched in it. Once in Essaouira, discover this charming and musical city which will surprise you with its straight streets, designed by the French. Enjoy free time walk to visit the old ports and the local seafood markets. Your driver can suggest the perfect place for lunch, where you can have a delicious seafood meal in front of the sea. Visit a co-operative of Berber women who produce Argan oil, and learn more from them about this wonderful product. See the old bronze cannons facing the Atlantic Ocean and wander through the markets and cedar woodworking shops. Af...

    Drive was easy, safe and we had free time in Essaouira, so if you like to explore places by yourself - this is a good opportunity.

  • Essaouira: Private City Tour

    4. Essaouira: Private City Tour

    Visit the city of Essaouira and start off by the small fishing port of the city where you can marvel at this historical place.  See an old watchtower and get an impressive panoramic view of Essaouira. Stop at the main square to taste a real Moroccan tea before continuing to visit the most important monument of the city, the scala of the medina. Admire the location where several films have been shot such as the famous film of Orson Welles Othello, or the Game of Thrones TV show. Continue the visit in the old medina, the kasbah, the mellah, the old Jewish quarter. See the synagogues, the souks of the medina, and the fish market which is full of people who buy, grill, and eat the day's catch.

    Thank you for your explanations I got to know the city much better thanks to you I recommend this guide

  • Essaouria: Beach & Big Dunes 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

    5. Essaouria: Beach & Big Dunes 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

    Enjoy an exciting two-hour quad bike tour, with incredible views of Essaouira. To ensure you can safely enjoy the vast beaches of Essaouira and the big dunes of Capsim you will need to go through a safety briefing and be instructed on how to drive a quad bike.  You will get geared up with clean, professional equipment and take a test ride on your quad before you head out on your adventure. After a few minutes on the road, cross the Oued Ksob and the ruins of the Sultan's Palace that lead you to the amazing beach After visiting the beach, navigate the magnificent dune fields, driving on the curvy sandy dunes. Enjoy the amazing views of the desert and have fun on your quad bike. Revive your energy with water and a snack. You will be able to take as many breaks as you want to enjoy the scenery while on your tour. 

    It was an enjoyable experience and the bikes we used were topnotch! They were easy to use and automatic, very sturdy even on the sand dunes. The registration process and getting ready were quick and easy as well, the staff was very professional! I will recommend this to anybody who is interested to have fun and adventure. The company is also looking to attract more customers from Asia. This experience is for everybody, young and old.

  • From Marrakech: Essaouira Private Full-Day Trip

    6. From Marrakech: Essaouira Private Full-Day Trip

    Take a full-day private trip to Essaouira, one of Morocco’s most attractive coastal towns. Admire its undeniable charm, with whitewashed and blue shuttered houses, art galleries, wood workshops, fishermen and colorful boats, all enclosed by ancient red walls. Your private tour starts with pickup at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Depart Marrakech, driving through lush valleys filled with orange groves, ancient olive trees, and working farms. Stop at Chichaoua for a coffee or snack at Cafe Afoulki. Continue past your first Argan trees. These special trees are valued for their nutritive, cosmetic, and medicinal properties. A relic species from the Tertiary Period, it is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of southwestern Morocco and, while now endangered, under the protection of UNESCO. Arrive in Essaouira and wander the ancient streets, ...

  • From Casablanca: Day Trip to Essaouira

    7. From Casablanca: Day Trip to Essaouira

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of Casablanca and visit the pearl of the Atlantic, the port city of Essaouira, known for its sun, beaches, and enchanting medina. After being picked up at 7 AM from your hotel or riad in Casablanca, head towards Essaouira via the scenic Safi coastal route. Drive for about 4.5 hours and feel free to request a stop at any time to rest a little, drink something, or see a place that is not included in the itinerary. Arrive in Essaouira, and begin exploring this stunning example of Moroccan heritage. Wander through the historic streets and walk along the beaches.  The Mogador Island, just a few meters off the coast, lies in clearest of waters and its moderate waves and the surroundings make it one of the most popular beaches in the area. Discover the real essence of the city at your own pace with approximately 8 hours to spend as you wish. At the end of ...

  • From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

    8. From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

    Take a 10-hour trip to Essaouira from Marrakech and spend time in the laid-back fishing town. On route, stop to visit an Argan Women’s Co-operative to see the women at work extracting oil from argan nuts, and then continue your journey westward. Essaouira is fortunate to have an excellent climate, with cooling sea breezes in the summer (also good for water sports) and warming lowland air in winter. This lovely climate, together with its beautiful Portuguese architecture, has always attracted artists and poets, but it continues to be a traditional fishing port at its heart to this day. Essaouira is the perfect destination for a day trip away from the hectic activity of Marrakech, with a vast array of things to do and try including: shopping in the souks for leatherwork, metalwork, glazed pottery, jewelry, brightly colored carpets, original art, olives, spices, rare argan oil and more. V...

    Had a really good tour guide named Mahdi, he's really knowledgable and well versed. Would highly recommend :)

  • Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

    9. Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

    Depart the Ranch de Diabat on a peaceful dromedary camel. Discover the charming nature of these large animals while exploring the surrounding. This tour is ideal for groups and families with small children as the dromedary has a gentle nature.  Enjoy a ride just a few minutes from Essaouira. Walking a large beach with soft sand. Relax in the ocean breeze and see the famous island of Mogador. Pass by dunes and see the tucked away, former home of the Black Sultan. Finally cross the forest of wild Mimosas and Thuya on your return. 

    We were unsure about a camel ride at all, as we didn’t want to see any animals being mistreated or badly kept. But we were reassured by reviews and decided to go for a one-hour ride. It was an excellent choice and we had a great time. We didn’t see any evidence at all of bad treatment. As it was only an hour trip, the scenery wasn’t very inspiring, but we did get down to the beach. The guide was good at taking photos and we were offered mint tea back at the stables.

  • From Marrakech: Full Day Essaouira Quad Bike & Food Tour

    10. From Marrakech: Full Day Essaouira Quad Bike & Food Tour

    Travel from Marrakech to Essaouria and enjoy a day of discovering the charming city of Essaouira. Your day will begin with an immersive cultural tour, before focusing on the culinary delights Essaouira has to offer. You will have many restaurants to select from, most of which offer fresh fish as a specialty. Following lunch, you will embark on a tour on the quad bikes. Here you will cross its wild beaches and the high dunes of Cape Sim as well as it's peaceful forest.

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What people are saying about Essaouira Beach

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,489 reviews

Hicham driver super nice comfortable transport 4 hours of time in Essaouira who gives time to hang around here and there. Fresh fish grilled on the barbecue to the left of the large square before the medina, you choose your fish (sole, sea bream, sardines, shrimps and you negotiate the prices.

It's really worth it to visit Essaouira. Beautiful little streets and much more relaxed than Marrakesh. Delicious seafood places. We were transported in a van, it had air conditioning and the driver drove totally safe. He was on time at the meeting spot close to our stay.

An extraordinary trip, the driver was very entertaining and made us all a pleasant trip, we even had the opportunity to share a dinner at the end of the trip in a typical restaurant.

The transport was perfect. the driver always kept us well informed. The very interesting visit The very good dinner

Thank you for your explanations I got to know the city much better thanks to you I recommend this guide