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Our most recommended Essaouira Family-friendly Activities

Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

1. 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. 

From Essaouira: Scenic Diabat Horseback Ride with Transfer

2. From Essaouira: Scenic Diabat Horseback Ride with Transfer

Enjoy the untouched nature around Diabat on horseback, isn't it a dream? Endless, wide empty beaches, high sand dunes, the view over the ocean, you will enjoy that during the one-hour ride. On the way back, you will touch the sparse Mimosa and Tuja forest. Trust yourself for two hours to one of our Arabian Berber horses! You will be enthusiastic! These horses are known for their human orientation, reliability, endurance and good character. Our horses are specially selected to be very good with beginners and are regularly ridden by good riders. You will be accompanied by one of our reliable riding instructors. We will ride over the endless sandy beaches, where even a dream canter will be possible for experienced riders. The ride will be adapted to the ability of the participants. Before the start, everyone will get a small introduction to the secrets of riding. Max. riders' weight: 90kg

Essaouira: Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class

3. Essaouira: Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class

Enjoy an evening in the name of Moroccan food and culture. Visit a local market, where you shop for the ingredients you will cook with later. Cook up a traditional Moroccan feast for dinner at a local family home and discover the authentic flavors of this exciting cuisine.   Meet your guide who will take take you to visit the local market. Learn from him about the local produce you see as well as Moroccan traditions and customs. Feel free to ask your questions and share your culinary experiences.  Upon arrival to your host “Khadija’s Kuzina” in his traditional house, you will be welcomed with open arms and authentic Moroccan hospitality. Over the next few hours, Khadija & Hussein will teach you how to cook a tasty meal of local dishes. Cooking with Khadija is often a unique social experience. She will share stories about food, about her family, and about her life.  Once your culinary masterpieces are ready, you will savor the real taste of Moroccan family cooking, around a meal served with a lot of love.

From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

4. From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

Do something different during your time in Essaouira and spend an hour exploring the beautiful countryside on horse back. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, if located outside the medina, and then make your way to the Ranch de Diabat, approximately 3 kilometers south of the city center. Benefit from a horse ride that can be adapted to your equestrian skills and ride at a gentle pace if your are a beginner, or gallop on the endless beaches if your are more advanced. First, head towards the river with your faithful companion and discover the ruins of the old palace of the sultan Mohammed III, who revived the fortunes of the city when he invited Jews and the English to trade there. Continue along the sandy beach and get stunning views of the Portuguese castle on Mogador island in the Atlantic Ocean. Return to the ranch through the forest for the end of the services.

Essaouira: Guided Quad Bike Tour and Camel Ride

5. Essaouira: Guided Quad Bike Tour and Camel Ride

Experience the thrill of a quad biking adventure in Essaouira with a group of friends or family. Discover the hinterland of this beautiful region accompanied by an expert guide. Explore diverse landscapes including vast sand dunes, lush pine forests and cherished landmarks like Dar Sultan Palace, Bourj El Baroud and more.  Whether you’re an experienced driver or just a beginner, benefit from an expert instructor who will tailor your experience to your skill level and preferences. Pump up your adrenaline as you zoom around this stunning location and snap some atmospheric photos as souvenirs along the way.

Essaouira: 4 Hour Surf Lesson

6. Essaouira: 4 Hour Surf Lesson

Start your surfing adventure at the local tour operator’s water sports store. Meet your guide for the day and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment you’ll need. Then, head onto the beach where the real fun begins. If you’re a beginner, your guide will first help you focus on how to balance and pop up from your board to your feet. Learn about understanding the waves and how to catch the right wave at the optimum moment for good surf. Then it’s time to work on your posture and stance to extend your ride on the board. If you’ve already got some surf experience, the lesson will be tailored to your level. Explain to your instructor the level of surf experience you have and then focus on your objectives for the session to perfect your skills. For the 4 hour course, you will have 2 hours in the morning followed by 2 hours in the afternoon with a break for lunch and relax in-between.

From Essaouira: Horseback Tour with Overnight Berber Camp

7. From Essaouira: Horseback Tour with Overnight Berber Camp

This ride is adapted to the riding level of the participants and is therefore also available for beginners. The easier tour for less experienced riders follows the wide, deserted beach of Diabat towards the south, in order to have lunch (which was carried in the saddle bags) in a shady place after about 3 hours of riding, followed by a rest and then return to the ranch by a different route through the Mimosa and Tuja forest. The route for experienced riders goes inland, along a river, and continues uphill to the village of Ghazoua, from where you descend again towards the ocean. Lunch, carried in the saddlebags, is taken in a shady forest area sheltered from the wind. After the lunch break, we will go back to the ranch along the Infinite Sand Beach, where a dream canter is possible. From the ranch the participants will be transported to our Berber camp by car. A typical mint tea and Moroccan pastries are already waiting there. Since our bivouac is located on the beach, in the evening you can watch how the sun sinks into the sea and the dark blue sky is slowly illuminated by countless stars. Our cook serves a typical Moroccan dinner, prepared directly on site from fresh ingredients, which is eaten in front of the tent. The evening ends with a campfire, traditionally told stories, drum sounds and possibly singing. After a restful night in the Berber tent, the next morning we will have a rich breakfast before our driver takes the participants back to Diabat by car.

Essaouira : 1H de Quad & 1H premenade à dos de Dromadaire

8. Essaouira : 1H de Quad & 1H premenade à dos de Dromadaire

Start your day with a convenient pickup service from your hotel or other agreed upon meeting point. Commence your adventure under the guidance of your experienced instructors as they introduce you to the thrill of quad biking. Your instructors will be sure to go over all the safety and technical information you need to make your day fun and safe. Throughout the course of your quad biking ride you will be amazed by the variety of landscapes such as forests, mountainous dunes and idyllic, deserted beaches. Be sure to stop from time to time and grab some truly memorable holiday photos. After a short break your Dromedary ride will begin, allowing you to explore the stunning hinterland of Essaouira. Depending on the option you choose, a visit to Cap Sim lighthouse may also be on the itinerary. Here, you will get the chance to witness the quaint fishing village of Sidi Kaouki.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

We were picked up punctually from the hotel and after a short briefing we went on the horses. Considerable consideration was given to the corresponding previous knowledge, so the children's horses were always led safely. I've never ridden myself, but I was able to cope with support. All in all a nice, safe experience, would do it again.

An extraordinary experience. Our hosts, Hussein and Khadija were exceptionally kind. Khadija is an excellent cook and we enjoyed ourselves. This activity is really very original. To do absolutely. We highly recommend...

A warm welcome, the staff were very nice and pleasant. The ride was lively thanks to the monitors who communicated with us throughout. Small flats too much waiting time but it was worth it

It was a beautiful experience. Our first time on a camel. The guide was super good and also took beautiful pictures.

It was fabulous! Our guide was kind and funny and knowledgeable It was a real highlight of our trip Thankyou!