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Essaouira, Morocco

How to Plan a Perfect Day Trip to Essaouira From Marrakech

Last Modified: September 8, 2023 //  by  Anda //   Leave a Comment

One of the highlights of our Morocco itinerary was a day trip to Essaouira – a port city in the western region of Marrakech-Safi. This relaxed and laid-back town on the coast of the Atlantic stole our hearts right from the start! Blessed with a beautiful coastline, diverse culture and exciting sights, Essaouira has something for everyone. From stunning beaches and a bustling fishing port, to a walled Medina with colorful bazaars, striking art galleries and tiny restaurants, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Essaouira to keep you busy for a day.

taking Day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, Morocco

But before I tell you what to see and do in Essaouira – Morocco’s Windy City – let me give you some insight into its history.

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A Brief History of Essaouira

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Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Essaouira (pronounced ‘ essa-weera ’) is one of Morocco’s most charming towns. Its history goes back more than 2500 years. The city’s initial name was Mogador, after the Muslim saint Sidi Mogdoul, a religious leader from the Middle Ages whose tomb is in Essaouira.

visiting the port on a day trip to  Essaouira, Morocco

The Bay of Mogador has been a peaceful harbor on the Moroccan coast since ancient times. In the 6th century BC, the Phoenicians founded here a settlement and named it Migdal ( Migdol  meaning “ watchtower “). But the port itself was established much later, in the 5th century BC, by Hanno the Navigator, a Carthaginian explorer.

the fortification walls of Essaouira

The fortifications and walls that surround Essaouira today were built by Mohammed III in 1767. The sultan wished to turn this small Atlantic town into a royal port and international commercial center. And Mogador remained the most important port of the Moroccan kingdom until the 19th century, when Casablanca and Agadir developed into better ports for modern ships. After 1956 the port of Essaouira began loosing its importance.

Today Essaouira is a Unesco World Heritage site and an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town. Even though its importance as a port has decreased, the city is still an international trading seaport, linking Morocco with Europe and the rest of the world.

Entrance to the Medina

Essaouira is very easily accessible by plane from many European airports that operate direct flights to this city seasonally. However, most people visit Essaouira as a day trip from Marrakech, which is located only 190 km (119 miles) away. You can do the trip it either by car or by bus, as there are no trains between Marrakech and Essaouira.

Traffic in Morocco seems very chaotic, especially around the big cities, which is why you won’t see many tourists driving here. If you come to Essaouira by car, the most direct road from Marrakech is via R207 which takes about 2.5 hours. In Essaouira you won’t be needing the car, so you can park it in big car park next to the fish market, right outside the Medina.

Car park next to the Medina

The advantage of coming by car is that you can stop at some interesting points along the way. Like search for the the mysterious tree-climbing goats that made Morocco famous in recent years.

Private Tour

If you don’t want to do the driving yourself, you can book a small group day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira. Prices of course vary according to the level of comfort you choose. Another option is to rent a car with a driver . This is a great option if you like privacy and want to travel at your own pace, without the hassle of driving the car yourself. Hiring a local driver is always a good idea when you visit Morocco and it’s not even as expensive as you may think.

Bus travel is the cheapest way to get from Marrakech to Essaouira, so the vast majority of visitors use the Supratours Bus. The journey takes 3 hours, with a 20 minute comfort break enroute. There are six buses per day between the two cities and the cost is 80-100MAD/person.

Supratours Bus to Essaouira

If you choose to visit Essaouira independently, consider allowing some extra time to stop along the way to take pictures, or visit some other small attractions in the Souss-Massa-Draa region. You’ll want to arrive in Essaouira before the bus tours arrive. The driving takes roughly 3 hours and even though we left Marrakech very early in the morning, we only arrived in Essaouira around 11:30 a.m.

If you book a tour, you may be given the choice to visit the city with a local guide, before having some free time. The tour guide will take you to see the highlights of Essaouira and also gives you some insights into its history, which is very useful.

wandering through the Medina

In most cases the walking tour in Essaouira is included in the price of your trip from Marrakech. However, if it’s not included don’t pay extra for a guided tour. Essaouira’s Medina is much smaller and friendlier than the medinas of the big cities in Morocco. Definitely more fun to roam!

The 10 Best Things to Do in Essaouira on a Day Trip

In contrast to Marrakech, which is crazy and chaotic, your trip to Essaouira will seem like a relaxing break. It is calm and peaceful, with beautiful beaches, blue and white houses, and colorful stalls filled with all kinds of souvenirs . Just perfect for a lazy summer day!

The gate to the old Medina of Essaouira

However, if you only have one day in Essaouira, my advice is to skip the beach and head straight to the port and the Medina, where all the action is!

The first place that you’ll come across in Essaouira is the old fishing harbor, so you can’t miss it. Wandering through the harbor is like a trip back in time, when fishermen lacked the modern technology. You can see these hard working men mending their nets, building or repairing their boats, and bringing their daily catch ashore.

Fisherman repairing their boats in the harbor

The port is incredibly picturesque, filled with small blue wooden boats, as far as the eye can see. You have endless opportunities for photography in the port – people, boats, fish and other creatures – all on the background of the ancient fortress walls.

Boats in the harbor of Essaouira

Right next to the fishing harbor is one of Essaouira’s most colorful (and smelly!) attractions: the fish market. Early in the morning, this place bustles with local fish lovers and buyers. Take time to browse through stands piled high everything from fish, shrimp and lobster, to eel, squid and octopus.

image depicting the Fish Market

The fish market is a very animated place! Quite smelly, dirty and slippery from fish residue though, so wearing sandals or flip flops around here is not a good idea.

One of the first things that will catch your eye in Essaouira is the Skala du Port fortification, a military platform built to defend the city against invasions. The fort was also used to store weapons and ammunition.

visiting the Skala du Port ramparts on a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira.

Perched on the ramparts you can still see the centuries old cannons pointing out to sea. The cannons in Essaouira were a gift of the European merchants to the Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah of Morocco.

visiting the ramparts in Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech

There are plenty of lookout points up on the city walls, so on a sunny day you’ll enjoy great panoramic views of the Bay of Essaouira and the Medina. From a specific point, you will be able to see the island of Mogador. 

visiting the ramparts of Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech

If you climb the ramparts early morning, you’ll hear the sound of waves crushing into the walls. And if you don’t have to return to Marrakech in the evening, you’ll have the ramparts all to yourself after those who came to Essaouira for a day trip have left the city.

the ramparts of Essaouira Morocco

And if you are a fan of the “Game of Thrones,” you will probably remember these fantastic walls as of one of Khalessi’s fortresses. 

Access to the Skala costs 10 dirham/person, which is roughly €1.

Surrounded by the 18th-century ramparts, the old Medina of Essaouira looks like something out of a storybook. Always buzzing with activity, this is the perfect place to observe the culture of Morocco. Getting lost in the narrow labyrinth of streets with tiny shops and fragrant stalls is one of the best things to do in Essaouira.

strolling the Colorful street in the Essaouira Medina on a trip from Marrakech

Unlike the Medina of Marrakech, where you can’t take two steps without being pressured to buy something, the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in Essaouira allows you to walk around without feeling that you must stop to shop in order to make your trip worthwhile.

narrow alley in Essaouira

Because of its authentic atmosphere, Essaouira’s Medina was used as a filming location for many movies, such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Hanna, or Othello.

Essaouira is known as a gathering place of art and artists. So not surprisingly, you’ll find art galore everywhere you turn in this city. From beautifully painted walls and doors, to street art vendors and art shops, there is plenty of art to admire here.

Street art in Essaouira

But we didn’t expect to find sophisticated art galleries in this small port town on the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these galleries are housed in obscure shops, on the narrow streets of the Medina. But others are located in large halls and spacious riads with unique architectural designs.

day trip essaouira from marrakech

The galleries in Essaouira display exhibitions of both foreign and local artists from Morocco. We were in awe of these art pieces and wished we could have bought some. Unfortunately, what we liked was too big and difficult to ship overseas.

enjoying the Art galleries in Essaouira on a trip from Marrakech

After wandering the streets of the Medina, head to Le Souk (Essaouira’s bazaars) to barter for jewelry, rugs, pottery, and other tempting crafts take home from Morocco . The small and compact area of the Souk is easy to navigate, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost in it.

Shopping in the Souk of Essaouira

Mogador (today’s Essaouira) was once home to a very important community of Jewish merchants. They were famous for promoting the trans-Saharan caravan trade, so the King of Morocco encouraged them to settle here. At one point almost 40% of Essaouira’s population was Jewish, living either in the Mellah (Jewish quarter) or the Kasbah (the citadel).

view of a building in the Jewish quarter of essaouira

Changes in trade and the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 determined the Jews to leave Morocco. Today there are only a few Jewish families in Essaouira today.

Jewish Museum & Simon Attias Synagogue

If you are interested in the importance of Jewish history and their coexistence with Muslims in Morocco, don’t miss this small, but interesting museum in Essaouira. This place is a vivid reminder that people can live in peace and harmony even when they don’t share the same religious or political beliefs.

visiting the Simon Attias Synagogue in Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech

Besides the museum, which has a beautiful collection of pictures, books, stories and artifacts, you can also visit the tiny Simon Attias synagogue, which is a gem in itself. Unfortunately all the explanations are in French, but the museum is free and well worth a visit.

Old Jewish Cemetery of Mogador

This is a historic relic well worth a short visit if you have the time. The Old Jewish Cemetery is located outside the wall of the Medina. Since there are no Jews left in Essaouira and very few visitors show interest in visiting this site, the cemetery gate is closed most of the time. However, if you want to gain access to the graveyard, there is a contact phone number just above the entrance.

visiting the Old Jewish Cemetery in Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech

The Old Jewish Cemetery is not a tourist site, but rather a piece of history of Morocco and its tolerance for all religions. In the middle of the cemetery there is a blue and white Mausoleum for Rabbi Haim Pinto.

Moulay Hassan Square is Essaouira’s the most lively and vibrant square. Formerly known as Place du Chayla, the square now bears the name of the current crown prince of Morocco. Located between the port and the entrance to the Medina, the square offers scenic view of the ocean as well as a number of cafés and restaurants.

Mulay el Hassan Square

All around the square, you can see children playing, musicians performing, seagulls flying, and tourists photographing. There is a parking lot nearby and the square is completely pedestrian.

One of the most interesting things to do in Essaouira is visit an Argan oil cooperative. Here can witness how they produce many of the famous products based on Argan oil. Most Argan oil in Morocco comes from the local cooperatives of Berber women around the cities of Agadir and Essaouira.

It’s very interesting to watch these women use ancient tools to hand press oil from the kernels and complete the elaborate process of creating Argan cream. You can also buy some of these products in their store.

Essaouira is full of street food stands, cafés, and restaurants, all selling delicious Moroccan dishes and seafood. Since we were in Essaouira for only a short trip, we only had the chance to eat here once before returning to Marrakech. But some of the best sea food we ever tried was here, in Essaouira.

day trip essaouira from marrakech

We only spent one day in Essaouira, but I wish we had more time in this picturesque town. A day trip seemed too fast paced and we missed out on the beaches. Considering that the trip from Marrakech to Essaouira takes almost 3 hours, I suggest spending at least two days here if you want to enjoy the sights at a relaxed pace.

visiting the Alleyway in the Essaouira Medina on a day trip from Marrakech

Having said this, Essaouira is a small place so if you simply plan to visit the Medina and enjoy the coastal fortifications, a full day is sufficient.

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day trip essaouira from marrakech

Essaouira is as small picturesque city facing the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Famous for being perpetually crossed by the Alizée s. Strong trade winds that will make your lovely hat useful as a pen without ink. Essaouira is beautiful as the sound of its windy name. Located at less than 3 hours drive from Marrakech, Essaouira is the ideal location for a day trip or a short weekend away. In this guide, you will discover how to plan the perfect day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech for a full day of fun. Ready for exploring? Let’s go!

Essaouira has always been in my bucket-list of places to visit in Morocco. So, when we planned our 10-day road trip around the country, I decided to “sacrifice” one of the days in Marrakech for a nice day trip. What a great decision! Essaouira is charming and full of lively places. From the animated area of the port, to the (much easier to navigate) medina, to its lovely walls. A walk at sunset in its Atlantic promenade and you will feel like in a movie set with the wind blowing its fresher breeze.

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A (short) history of Essaouira

Day trip to Essaouira - View of the medina near the Clock Tower

Essaouira, is different from any other city you can visit in Morocco. Indeed, it has a strong European influence because its proximity to the coast and the past Portuguese and French presence. This shaped its history and architectural appereance since the Middle Ages making it the city that is today. When entering the medina, I had like a sort of déjà vu . Indeed, the city looked somehow similar to Faro in Algarve. Not sure if it was for the type of architecture of the Clock Tower, but the vibes were very similar.

History of a name

There is no better way of knowing a place than by its name. Essaouira’s one have quite an interesting twist. Indeed, we can say that the current name Essaouira (spelled as ESS-ə-WEER-ə) is the modern name of the more ancient city of Mogador . This was actually the official name of the city until the 1960s, when it was changed to the current Essaouira. There’s a debate about the origin of this name. In fact, some believe it originates from the Phoenician word “ migdol ,” meaning “small fortress.” Some others, assume that the name came from a Muslim saint buried in the city called Sidi Mogdoul. The truth is yet to be determined.

Portuguese and French Mogador

Day trip to Essaouira - ruins of Castelo Real of Mogador in the coast of Essaouira - view from a balcony

Portuguese, started the occupation of the Moroccan coastal cities in 1415. By 1515 they were already occupying 6 different cities and 6 other stand alone fortresses. Cities included Tangier and Azamor at just 15 mins from Casablanca. Fortresses included Santa Cruz do Cabo de Gué that later became Agadir and Castelo Real of Mogador in what it would become Essaouira. Nevertheless, the fortress had a short life. Indeed already in 1541, after the fall of Agadir, was abandoned to its destiny and fell in the hands of local pirates. French tried to occupy Mogador in 1629 but this initial occupation never happened as they returned back to Sale’ after gaining a good trade agreement with the Sultan. The fortress of Mogador was later destroyed in the late 18th century.

The foundation of Essaouira

The current city of Essaouira is relatively modern compared to the rest of Moroccan cities. Indeed, it was founded by the Moroccan King Mohammed III in the mid 18th century. His main objective was that of building a royal port known to the world that was as close as possible to Marrakech. The construction of the city started in 1760 under the direction of the French architect Théodore Cornut in collaboration with other European and Moroccan architects.

It is widely recorded that Cornut’s work was influenced by the work of the military engineer Vauban at Saint Malo. Indeed, both cities have similar appearance with their large bastions and the citadel enclosed within the walls. Cornut itself wanted to be in charge of the Kasbah area’s construction. Since its completion in 1770 till the 19th century, Essaouira was regarded as Morocco’s most important port. It was famous as the Port of Timbuktu thanks to its straight road to the central Morocco leading to the Atlas Mountain and desert.

Even after the bombardment and destruction of the Mogador fortress in 1844 and the French Protectorate until 1956, Essaouira remained a central location for sea trade.

Today, the medina of Essaouira (former Mogador) is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This because it represents an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context.

Essaouira travel information

day trip essaouira from marrakech

Here below you will find all the essential information to plan a perfect day trip to Essaouira.

How many days do I need in Essaouira?

Essaouira is a relatively small city. We found that one day trip for us it was satisfying to check-off all its main landmarks. However, if you want to savour more the local cuisine or have a better understanding of the city off the main beaten path, 2 days would be the right amount of time to explore.

Getting to Essaouira

Reaching Essaouira is very straightforward. Indeed, the city has been purposely built to be the closest port city to Marrakech. So, it proposes itself as a natural destination to visit for a day trip. We personally drove from Marrakech but, if without car, Essaouira is well-connected also by public transport.

Driving to Essaouira

Driving to Essaouira is very simple. The city is at less than 3 hours from Marrakesh and you’ll drive a route called N8 than R207 that is all straight (so you can’t get it wrong). As the route is straight and boring, I recommend you to download a podcast or a playlist to listen along the way.

We rented a car from Avis Downtown in Marrakech and this is my recommended rental for the trip as they were very professional with zero attempt to scam us (yes, I am looking at you Jordan ).

The only thing you should pay attention when driving along this road, are speed cameras and police checkpoints. Indeed, it looks like this is one of the most surveilled routes in Morocco and speed infringements are heavily fined. The maximum speed you can go is 80 mph. Therefore, don’t expect to arrive earlier than you should. At the entrance of Essaouira, you’ll see a big police checkpoint where the maximum speed is 20 mph. Don’t go faster, or they’ll stop you and fine you.

Key swingers in Essaouira

As soon as we entered the city and passed the main police check-in, we saw something very unusual. Quite a lot of people jumped in front of our car or tried to approach us while driving by swinging some keys up in the air. I looked at Alessio and I literally said “what’s going on with these people?”. Some of them swinged their keys in the distance, some others were more aggressive and literally jumped in front of the car (yes we risked a few times to hit one of them trying to find parking). It took a while for us to figure it out what was going on. Especially because there was no info online about this weird “phenomenon” and nothing similar happened during our days in Marrakech.

We later discovered those people were trying to sell rental accommodations to possible tourists/local visitors in Essaouira. I honestly never seen anything like this before. In fact, it wasn’t just a matter of 1 or 2 people. A single road had at least 20 swingers. So, imagine how many we had to avoid until reaching the parking.

They are totally harmless, of course (if one doesn’t consider the possibility of getting hit by a car). But I thought I would write a few words about them because you will likely encounter them, yet finding information about them is difficult.

We saw some key swingers also in Chefchaouen but not as many as in Essaouira.

Parking in Essaouira

Parking in Essaouira, particularly during summer, can be a problem. Indeed, the city is quite popular for its beaches and summer festivals, so many Moroccans head there in summer. In this regard, on my map I saved a parking called “Parking Moulay Al Hassan” that turned out to be closed for some kind of festival that day. This was the biggest parking close to the city. After a moment of panic, we found another parking that on the map is just called “Parking lot”.

This is free to use (the other parking has a fee) and it’s just by the beach and just 6 mins walk from Sqala du Port. I pinpointed it on the map above. Not sure if the other parking will open on regular days but this one is a great alternative.

Arrive by public transport

Essaouira, is well-connected by public transport. In fact, there are two main coach services you can use to reach the city if not self-driving.

These are CTM and Supratours . CTM is the national company in Morocco, they provide newer and reliable buses with routes all around the country. The only downside is that they don’t have multiple departure times for certain destinations (e.g. for Essaouira), therefore if a slot is complete you should check different providers.

Soupratours is managed by ONCF and the tickets can be bought from the same website . Conversely to CTM they have multiple departures for certain destinations and their bus stations are generally closer to the city centre/medina than CTM. Soupratour bus tickets are 100 MAD one way. CTM tickets are slightly cheaper (90 MAD) but there is only one departure for Essaouira at 8.30 am.

Day trip to Essaouira. Getting around the city

Day trip to Essaouira - View of the sea from the city bastions

Getting around Essaouira is very easy. In fact, the city is fully walkable and you don’t need a car or public transport to move from one place to another. However, if you have mobility problems, please note some part of the city are not accessible. This regards particularly a part of the ramparts and walls.

A perfect day trip to Essaouira

day trip essaouira from marrakech

The below is exactly the itinerary we followed for our day trip to Essaouira. If you depart early enough from Marrakech (e.g. around 8/8.30 am), you should arrive by 11/11.30 am. This will give you plenty of time to explore the medina before heading for lunch.

If you arrive by 11 am, you have at least 2 hours to spend around the medina before lunch! This is perfect to explore the Medina markets and the Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum .

Explore Essaouira Medina and its souks

day trip essaouira from marrakech

The Medina of Essaouira corresponds to the former Mogador. It’s surrounded by the 18th-century bastions and regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you have already visited Marrakech, you will notice a lot of differences between the two medinas. Indeed, Marrakech is chaotic and loud, full of vendors and tourists walking any walkable space (without counting the motorbikes!). The Medina of Essaouira couldn’t be more different. In fact, most of it is made of very quiet roads where children play football and residents live a quiet life.

In the central area, particularly in the main street Avenue de l’Istiqlal , you can find the souqs and fish markets. You’ll feel the smell of the fish markets much before you’ll see them as the air in that area is completely pervaded. As much as I don’t like fish, this smell reminds me a lot of the Pescheria in Catania (the city where I grew up). So I couldn’t help but feel somehow at home. One of the souks to check-out is certainly the one at Place du Marché aux Grains that has a lot of lovely shops.

Tips for photographing the Medina of Essaouira

Day trip to Essaouira -  Place du Marché aux Grains

It’s already known that Moroccan people don’t like much being photographed (who can blame them after all?). Nevertheless, people from Essaouira are particularly sensitive about the topic. You have to be very careful and trying to don’t photograph people’s faces directly (even at distance). Of course, sometimes is unavoidable due to the crowd, but be careful as much as possible.

In fact, I believe they don’t like people with cameras regardless of what they are photographing. I tell you this because I was trying to photograph a cat and a random man came to me telling me I couldn’t take pictures on the street (whaaat?). Other two people wanted to see what picture I shoot fearing they were in it. Of course they weren’t, but they saw me shooting at distance so they thought I was catching them. If you are a woman traveling alone, people (men) approaching you and asking you (not very politely) to see your shots can be quite intimidating. Therefore be careful. Better safe than sorry!

Visit the Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum

Day trip to Essaouira -  Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum carpet hall

The Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum is the history museum of Essaouira. This has been named after the city’s founder, King Mohammed III. This museum is hosted in a 1800 colonial house and displays some of the oldest items belonging to the Gnawa ethinic group. These can’t really be found anywhere else. There is also a carpet hall displaying some beautiful handcrafted items of the area.

Nevertheless, my favourite part was actually the building itself. Indeed, this old building is one of a kind. Before hosting the museum, it was a seigniorial riad with a large number of rooms. Where now appears the staircase, there was a lovely courtyard with a large central fountain. The riad was transformed into the City Hall during the French protectorate. During this period, the courtyard was transformed and the staircase was built instead.

Day trip to Essaouira -  Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum exhibition

To me it still looks like a riad, but with a modern twist makes it a unique type of building. As you can expect, not many people know about this museum (the all coming for the Game of Thrones location uh?). Therefore, when we visited, it was absolutely deserted. This gave us a lot of time, not only to visit the exhibition but also to take some lovely pictures.

On a side note, I noticed that most explanatory cards on the item displayed were only in French or Arabic. Therefore, if you don’t speak those languages it’s hard to determine what are you are looking at. Nevertheless, you can ask at the entrance the mini English guide and the lady will give this to you (it’s free of charge).

Information for visit

The entrance fee to the museum is 60 MAD to be paid in cash.

The address is 161 Avenue Mohamed Zafzaf, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

After our morning tour it was time for a lovely lunch!

Where to eat in Essaouira

Day trip to Essaouira -  Mandala society outdoor and indoor pictures

The food scene in Essaouira is exciting! There are a lot of nice places. Little rooftop cafes, terrace bars, traditional restaurants and, of course, the best places where to have grilled fresh fish. There is literally something for everyone. After days of tagines in Marrakech, when I heard of this little brunch place called Mandala Society I was super excited to try it!

The restaurant is located on the main street of Essaouira. The space of the restaurant is very cosy and organised in multiple levels. There are not many tables and the restaurant is super popular. Therefore is better to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.

Day trip to Essaouira - Brunch at Mandala society

Mandala Society serves brunch until 2 pm and this is amazing because the brunch board includes a brunch dish, fresh orange juice and coffee. I personally take the Mandalavoca (but with bagel) and my husband enjoyed a Mandala quesadilla (all pictured above).

If by any chance Mandala Society doesn’t have space, another nice place for lunch is Cafe’ Clock.

Mandala Society Address

Av. de l’Istiqlal, Essaouira, Morocco

After a very filling lunch, it’s time to check off some well-known places. I am talking about the Essaouira Ramparts and the famous Sqala du Port , both set locations of Game of Game of Trones in Morocco. We ended up our tour with a walk in the fishing harbour of the city.

Walk the Essaouira Ramparts and walls

Day trip to Essaouira - Essaouira ramparts

The Ramparts of Essaouira and the remaining walls are located towards the northern part of the city. These surviving walls and their ramparts are fully walkable and free to access for visitors. They wall part is also accessible to wheelchairs. Nevertheless the Rampart of Mogador (central picture) is separated from the walls by some non-accessible steps.

The Rampart of Morgador is part of the original wall belt. Also the cannons on the walls date back to the 16th century. During the day, this part of the city is very crowded. So a better option for visiting is getting here at sunset time. Moreover sunset from the Essaouira ramparts is really special!

Don’t forget to explore the lower part of the walls. Here you can find a lot of pottery stores and handicraft boutiques. If you have some additional time, end your walk with a visit to the little museum La cité heureuse Essaouira hosting some lovely reproductions of the city walls.

Have a GoT moment at Sqala du Port

Day trip to Essaouira - Sqala du Port different bastions and monumental gate

Most tourists think that Sqala du Port is just the famous GoT bastion (first photo). Nevertheless, Sqala du Port is the entire fortified area of the harbour. Sqala du Port was built in 1769, ordered by Mohammed III. It was built over the Castle of Mogador of which stones were used for this fortification.

The entire fortification functioned as a defensive artillery for the port area. It was built in Manueline style and is formed by two main bastions (first and third photo) and a central monumental gate (second photo) called Bab el-Marsa, which served as access to the city. The most famous (and photographed) bastion is called Borj el-Barmil.

Unfortunately, climbing Borj el-Barmil is forbidden. To take some nice pictures, you have to get down to the boats’ floating platform (trying to not fall into the water). The bastion close to Bab el-Marsa instead is accessible, although I though was inhabited by someone giving the hanging clothes.

Explore the Essaouira fishing harbour

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If you want to see some action, the fishing arbour of Essaouira is the best place. In the space of 30 mins we saw: children and teens jumping into the water from the bastions, boats coming and go with fresh fish cargo, people queuing to buy fish and even people cooking fish.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take many pictures because it was quite a crowded area and I didn’t want any issue, but I really wish I could! The port area starts at Borj el-Barmil and continue for about 2 km. Most of the area is currently under renovation so it’s not fully walkable as there are works in progress.

If you are a big fan of fish dishes, you probably should’t miss the Marssa Grillade restaurant. I would say that more than a restaurant is just 4 tables under two parasols. However, the special thing about this place is that they grill fish that was just caught or you can bring your own fish and grill it there. So, you can’t find anything fresher than this in the city. We saw a long queue of tourist waiting for a table and many other sitting already there and looking like they were having the best meal of their lives. So I suppose the fish was delicious.

For your convenience I pinpointed the place in the map above.

Sunset goodbye drink at Salut Maroc

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After a full day exploring this lovely city, it was time for us to say goodbye and get back to Marrakech. But not before having a sunset (in our case pre-sunset because it was 5.30 pm) drink at one of the nicest restaurants/bar in Essaouira: Salut Maroc.

The restaurant and bar of Salut Maroc are located on the rooftop of a 18th-century riad just on the walls of Essaouira. This was former Merchant’s house and later a Consulate building that is now been converted into a lovely boutique hotel (and restaurant at the top).

It’s one of the nicest places where to have a drink (or even a meal) as it offers an unbeatable view on the coast and the historic ramparts of Essaouira. From here you can spot also the small Îles Purpuraires (Purple Islands). Ancient islands where the Romans used the purple dye extracted from molluscs plucked from the bay, to dye their imperial togas. One of the two small islands is the Isle of Mogador where the ruins of the former fortification still lie.

Where to stay in Essaouira

I haven’t personally stayed in Essaouira because I visited just for a day trip. However, I worked long enough in this sector to know when a place is worth the extra cash. I selected below a few places that I would personally choose if I had to plan an overnight stay in the city.

Luxury stay in Essaouira

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There are not many luxury hotel chains in Essaouira or, more precisely, there are many places that call themselves “luxury X” but they are not real 5 stars hotels. A name that can grant certainly a more luxurious experience is Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa . This is located slightly off the city’s area but this is repaid by a quiet environment, sophisticated interiors and access to the beach.

If you don’t want to give up to a city stay but still want to enjoy a luxury vibe Heure Bleue Palais – Relais & Châteaux is centrally located. It offers breathtaking views on the Medina in a historical charming house.

Boutique hotels in Essaouira

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If you have a mid-range budget but still want to enjoy a lovely place and great service, boutique hotels are usually the best. As I mentioned before, Salut Maroc is principally a hotel, which happen to have a fantastic rooftop bar! The whole place is super colourful and the rooms are decorated with fantastic patterns.

Hotel Le Médina Essaouira Thalassa sea & spa – Mgallery is also a valid option if you want an upscale stay rather than a historical house.

Budget stays in Essaouira

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If you want to stay within a budget without compromising on the quality, Vent des Dunes is cheap, highly rated, close to the city and they even provide an airport shuttle. An additional lovely option is Riad Chbanate. This lovely riad is finely decorated, has a spectacular rooftop and even some impressive bath tubes with a view on the Medina.

Eco-friendly stay in Essaouira

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I decided to post also about eco-friendly places to stay because it’s a cause I care a lot and there are a growing amount of people in search of places that are proud of their respect for the planet. One lovely eco-friendly stay in Essaouira is Les Jardins de Villa Maroc. Particularly their Ecodomes, that according to the description from the hotel are “based on a sustainable architecture model, the Ecodomes are built from local materials, only using what can be found in the region of Essaouira. The round constructions are naturally anti-seismic and autonomous in energy. Each room is an individual Ecodome as part of our boutique hotel concept, ensuring the privacy of every guest”.

Day trip to Essaouira. Map of all the locations

Find here the map of all the locations mentioned in this blog to find them easily. This includes also the hotels and restaurants mentioned. Some hotels are outside the city and you’ll need to move the map a little further to find them.

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I loved the detailed information you provided. Essaouira is actually my favorite city in Morocco. It’s more laid back in our experience, and was a great respite after the craziness of Marakech.

What a detailed blog post, loved the location map which makes finding everything easier!

Wow what a detailed guide!! I would feel very prepared 🙂

I love doing day trips when traveling! Would love to try out essaouira! Looks like a picturesque place to visit. Thanks for sharing all your recommendations!

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Seagull flying over the rocky shore with the historic white-washed buildings of Essaouira in the background under a clear blue sky.

Marrakech to Essaouira Full Day Tour

Take a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech to discover one of the hidden gems of the Atlantic coast. Essaouira or Mogador is famous for its Medina fortification and fishing port. The artsy and hippy atmosphere of Essaouira, the cool weather all year long, and the easy 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Marrakech make Essaouira a very popular day trip. This excursion departs every day, and only one person is required per booking.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech - Highlights

  • Discover Essaouira's fishing port and its blue boats on a leisurely walk.
  • Step back in time at Skala Kasbah, a historic fortress from bygone battle days.
  • Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the easy-to-navigate lanes of the Medina.
  • Immerse yourself in creativity at Essaouira's art galleries within the Medina.
  • Indulge in a fresh seafood lunch at a charming café terrace in Essaouira.
  • Bask in the sun on Essaouira's expansive 6-kilometer sandy beach.

Shared Marrakech to Essaouira Day Tour Itinerary

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Your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will begin with driving along the Haouz plains. Once in Chichaoua village, located halfway, stop for a cup of coffee before you continue your journey. Upon approaching Essaouira, you will cross the Argan trees forest, where you will spot some goats climbing the trees. Stop and take some photos before you carry on to Essaouira. To watch how the Argan oil (also called the liquid gold or Moroccan oil) is extracted, you will visit a local ladies’ cooperative to learn how some fine cosmetic products are made locally out of the rich Argan oil. From here, we will carry on to Essaouira. Upon arrival, you will explore the beautiful city at leisure. Out of experience, Exploring Essaouira is easy on your own: Locals are very friendly, the Medina is pretty small (compared to other old towns in Morocco ), and its streets are in order. You definitely do not need a guide for the tour of the city. You can easily explore the Medina on your own as its streets are aligned opposite each other, unlike every other maze-like Medina in Morocco. Should you insist on one, your driver will help you hire a local guide. First, you can visit the harbor with its fishing port and old Portuguese fortifications. You can still see medieval war cannons aligned in order and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Please continue to the Medina ( old city ) with its well-kept fortification dating to the 18th century. The major landmark of the Medina is La Scala, which was built against foreign attacks from the sea. You can continue to Bab Laalouj ( One of the main gates of Essaouira, then to the Mellah ( the old Jewish quarter. Various art shops, galleries, souvenir shops, and Thuya wood craft shops are aligned in order. Choose one of the local cafes for a delicious seafood lunch and head to Kasbah, famous for having served as a military bastion. If you are a beach lover, enjoy a walk along the sandy beach of Mogador and maybe watch locals playing beach ball. If you are brave enough, why not join a game for a few minutes. People from Essaouira are amicable!! If not, you can sunbathe while watching waterspouts, amateurs kitesurfing, or windsurfing. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Marrakech, and your full-day tour to Essaouira will end with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest car-accessible point to your riad.

  • Local authorities have recently imposed a ban on the display of goats climbing Argan trees along the route to Essaouira, a spectacle often sought after by tourists for its unique and picturesque appeal. This decision comes in response to concerns about animal welfare, following reports that some shepherds were tying goats to the trees and leaving them there throughout the day to attract photographers and sightseers. This practice, deemed inhumane and harmful to the goats, prompted officials to take action to ensure the animals' welfare is protected and that tourism practices in the region adhere to ethical standards.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech price

  • Pick up from your hotel or the nearest car accessible point to your Riad in Marrakech.
  • A/C modern minibus (no more than 17 passengers) driven by an English/French speaking driver.
  • Drop off at your hotel or Marrakech city center.

Not included

  • Lunch & beverages.
  • Local guide in Essaouira.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distance between marrakech and essaouira and how long does the drive take.

Covering a distance of 190 km (118 miles), the drive from Marrakech to Essaouira via R207 takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, offering a scenic route to this coastal city.

What is special about Essaouira?

Essaouira is renowned for its vibrant charm, blending cultural experiences like the labyrinthine medina and the active fishing port with natural attractions such as its expansive windswept beach. The town is a hub of activity offering a variety of experiences, from surf lessons and Moroccan cooking classes to camel rides and quad biking adventures. This mix of cultural richness and adventure options, alongside its unique coastal atmosphere, makes Essaouira a special destination.

Do you stop to take pictures of goats climbing Argan trees on the way?

Yes, on the journey to Essaouira, there is an opportunity to stop and take pictures of the unique sight of goats climbing Argan trees. It’s important to be aware that the goat herders typically expect a tip for photographing this distinctive scene.

Do you visit an Argan oil cooperative on the way to Essaouira?

Yes, during the trip to Essaouira, there is a stop at a traditional Argan oil factory run by local women. Please note that while each cooperative has a showroom for their products, visitors are under no obligation to make a purchase.

How long do we spend in Essaouira?

The duration of the stay in Essaouira is typically from around noon until approximately 16:00 (4:00 PM), giving you several hours to explore and enjoy the town.

Can we swim in Essaouira?

Yes, swimming is possible on the beaches of Essaouira. However, it’s important to note that the area is often windy for most of the year. Despite this, Essaouira can sometimes offer surprisingly warm and sunny weather, even in winter. It’s recommended to bring your bathing suit and towel, so you’re prepared to enjoy a swim if the conditions are favorable.

Are seafood restaurants in Essaouira safe?

Seafood restaurants in Essaouira’s port offer a quintessential experience for visitors, but it’s important to choose wisely. While the port is filled with picturesque, small blue wooden boats and offers numerous photo opportunities, caution is advised when buying fish directly from the market for nearby grills to prepare. There have been issues with rip-offs, not-so-fresh fish, and poor preparation. A safer and potentially more satisfying option is to order seafood off the menu at a restaurant, where chefs are more likely to use fresh ingredients and have the expertise in cooking them. If you’re keen on trying “fresh” fish, sardines are a safe bet as they are the most abundant catch in the area and commonly consumed by locals

Is Essaouira worth visiting?

Essaouira is widely considered worth visiting for its unique blend of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. This picturesque coastal town is known for its relaxed atmosphere, contrasting sharply with the hustle and bustle of larger cities like Marrakech. Key highlights include its historic medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the bustling fishing harbor, beautiful beaches ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing due to the consistent wind, and a vibrant arts scene. Additionally, Essaouira’s culinary offerings, especially fresh seafood, add to its appeal. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, adventure, or simply relaxing by the sea, Essaouira offers a diverse range of experiences making it a worthwhile destination.

What does Mogador mean?

Mogador” is the former name for the city of Essaouira in Morocco. The name is believed to be derived from the Phoenician word “Migdol,” meaning a “small fortress,” which aptly describes the city’s fortified structure. Over the centuries, Essaouira has been influenced by various cultures including the Phoenicians, Romans, and Portuguese, each leaving their mark on the city’s architecture and culture. The name “Mogador” was used during these historical periods and up until the mid-20th century when the city reverted to its current name, Essaouira. The name Mogador encapsulates a rich historical legacy, reflecting the city’s long-standing role as a significant port and cultural center in Morocco.

Is there a train from Marrakech to Essaouira?

No, there is no direct train service between Marrakech and Essaouira. The primary modes of transport between these two cities are by bus, private car, or a rented vehicle. The journey by road covers approximately 190 kilometers and takes around 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic and the mode of transportation. For those looking to travel by public transport, buses frequently run between Marrakech and Essaouira, offering an affordable and comfortable option. Alternatively, hiring a taxi or joining an organized tour can provide more direct and flexible travel arrangements.

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Olivia Johnson

This was definitely a great deal, providing good value for the money spent. It was really cool to visit the location where they filmed Game of Thrones. Some of the streets there reminded me of Santorini, with those charming white and blue buildings. What stood out to me were the markets in their old town area. Unlike other places, these markets had a relaxed vibe. You could actually take your time to explore without constantly being approached or bothered. The tickets, priced at 19 Euros per person, were definitely worth it for the experience.

Amelia Johnson

Wonderful journey! Although one day is clearly insufficient in this lovely coastal resort-city, the journey will not disappoint. Following a visit to an all-women cooperative where we learnt how Argan oil is created. Before arriving to ESSAOUIRA, the driver pulled over to the side of the road to show us the goats on the Argan tree from which the oil is produced. Once there, we hired a local guide (recommended by our driver) expert He took us on a tour of the harbor and the medina. (Walled City, in Arabic) leaving us with little time to go shopping! The city is a jewel, the merchants are considerably less pushy, and the product is much cheaper than in Marrakech; this is the spot to get your mementos. At the end, we realized there was no need to hire a local guide in Essaouira, we could have explored it our own at our pace.

Sophia Martinez

This was the trip we had been looking forward to. It was essentially self-contained, with three or four stops. The first and last stops were at huge convenience shops with restrooms. The second stop was at the goat-climbing trees. The last trip was at an Argan oil cooperative, where they demonstrated how they manufacture argon oil and convert it into various items for sale. Then you’re dropped off at Essaouira, where you have around 4 hours to stroll about and explore. I thoroughly loved this trip and thought it was adequately described as a driver to get you from point A to point B and back. Not much else to say. I believe it was worthwhile.

Mateo Lopez

We had an amazing day in Essaouira. Even though the drive was quite long, the stops during the journey helped break it up, so it didn’t feel as tiring. The bus we traveled in was comfortable and had air conditioning, which was really important considering the hot Moroccan weather. Essaouira itself was lovely, and our tour guide knew a lot, which added to the experience. I liked that we had some free time to explore on our own. All in all, it was a fantastic experience.

It was a wonderful and rejuvenating day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira. This place holds a special kind of magic. If you can, I highly recommend staying for at least two days to fully savor the charms of the town.

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What is there to see between Marrakech and Essaouira?Day trip from marrakech to essaouira

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  • Post published: July 19, 2023
  • Post category: Popular Questions about trip and activities in Marrakech

If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira or you want a day trip itinerary Marrakech to Essaouira should definitely be on your list. This coastal city is known for its relaxed atmosphere, charming architecture, and beautiful beaches.

During the journey from Marrakech to Essaouira, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of Morocco’s most breathtaking landscapes, including rolling hills, picturesque valleys, and rugged coastline. As you make your way to Essaouira, you’ll discover a wealth of attractions and experiences that are sure to make your day trip one to remember.

Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or outdoor adventure, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a day trip to Essaouira. From exploring the charming Medina to relaxing on the beach, this itinerary is packed with exciting activities and attractions that are sure to make your trip unforgettable. So, pack your bags and get ready for an exciting day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira!

Day Trip Itinerary from Marrakech to Essaouira / Day trip from marrakech to essaouira

Essaouira is a charming coastal city located just a few hours away from Marrakech, making it an ideal destination for a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira. Here is a recommended day trip itinerary to help you make the most of your visit:

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Keep in mind that this is just a suggested itinerary and can be adjusted according to your interests and preferences. Additionally, it is recommended to book a tour or hire a private driver to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience.

Scenic Routes to Essaouira

While there are several ways to get to Essaouira from Marrakech , taking the scenic route is highly recommended for those who want to experience the natural beauty of Morocco’s countryside. Whether you’re driving yourself or taking a guided tour, there are several picturesque routes to choose from.

Circuit d’Argan

The Circuit d’Argan is known for its lush greenery and argan tree forests. This route takes you through the charming Berber villages of Chichaoua, Ounara, and Sidi Mokhtar, where you can stop to sample traditional Berber cuisine and pick up handicrafts.

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the production of argan oil, a precious oil that is native to Morocco. You can visit argan oil cooperatives where you can taste the oil or purchase cosmetic products made with argan oil.

Coastal Road

The coastal road is considered the most scenic route to Essaouira , offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This route takes you through charming fishing villages, such as Oualidia and Safi, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and explore markets selling pottery and textiles.

The coastal road also offers plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the stunning beaches and natural wonders along the way, such as Legzira Beach and the Sidi Kaouki dunes.

Tizi n’Test Pass

For those seeking a more adventurous route to Essaouira, the Tizi n’Test Pass is a thrilling option. This route takes you through the Atlas Mountains, offering stunning views of valleys and peaks along the way.

Driving through the Tizi n’Test Pass can be challenging, as the route is known for its winding roads and steep drops. However, the breathtaking views and the feeling of accomplishment upon reaching Essaouira make it all worthwhile.

Exploring the Medina of Essaouira

The Medina of Essaouira, also known as the old town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular attractions in Essaouira. Its distinctive blue and white architecture is a great example of Moroccan coastal style and provides a stunning backdrop for exploring the narrow alleys, browsing the souks, and admiring historical landmarks.

One of the best ways to experience the Medina is by simply walking around and getting lost in its labyrinthine streets. The main avenues are lined with shops selling a variety of items, ranging from intricate carpets and traditional clothing to handcrafted jewelry and pottery. The souks are especially lively and offer a unique shopping experience for visitors.

Visitors should not miss the opportunity to visit some of the cultural attractions within the Medina, such as the Essaouira Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses an impressive collection of modern Moroccan art, and the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum, featuring historical exhibits and artifacts from the region’s past.

Must-Visit Attractions in the Medina

Skala de la Ville: This historical landmark was once used for military defense and offers stunning views of the harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can walk along the ramparts, explore the cannons, and take in the beautiful scenery.

Mellah: This Jewish quarter has a long and rich history and is now a vibrant neighborhood full of shops and cafes. Visitors can learn about the history of the Jewish population in Essaouira and sample some of the delicious local cuisine.

Moulay Hassan Square: This bustling square is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. It is surrounded by cafes and restaurants and is a great spot for people-watching.

Pro Tip: The best time to visit the Medina is early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the crowds are thinner and the light is softer. It is also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as some of the streets can be narrow and uneven.

The Enchanting Ramparts of Essaouira

One of the most iconic attractions in Essaouira is its stunning ramparts, which encircle the old city and provide breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The ramparts were built in the 18th century by the French engineer Theodore Cornut, following the orders of Sultan Mohammed III. They consist of a series of walls, bastions, and gates, which served as a defensive structure against attacks from the sea and other external threats.

Today, the ramparts are a popular destination for visitors to Essaouira, offering a picturesque promenade that stretches for over two miles. Walking along the ramparts, travelers can admire the panoramic vistas of the city and the ocean, as well as the charming rooftops and buildings of the old town.

One of the main attractions along the ramparts is the Skala de la Ville, a fortified platform that was used as a cannon battery during the 18th century. Nowadays, it is a favorite spot for tourists to take photos and enjoy the views. Another point of interest is the Skala du Port, which was used as a fish market and harbor defense in the past. Today, it is a popular spot for fishing boats and a great place to watch the sunset in Essaouira.

The Ramparts at Night

Another unique experience that can be enjoyed at the ramparts is a visit at night, when the walls and gates are illuminated by lights. The effect creates a magical atmosphere that is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors. Night tours of the ramparts are available, and they offer a chance to see the city from a different perspective while learning about its history and culture.

Overall, the enchanting ramparts of Essaouira are not to be missed. Whether you visit during the day or at night, they offer a glimpse into the city’s rich past and provide some of the best views in all of Morocco.

Relaxing on the Beaches of Essaouira

When it comes to relaxation and soaking up the sun, Essaouira’s beaches are the perfect destination. The refreshing Atlantic breeze and the endless coastline make for a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Here are some of the best beaches to explore in Essaouira during best day trip from marrakech :

Whether you’re looking to relax in the sun or try your hand at some water sports,  beach relaxation essaouira have something for everyone. Make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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Dining in Essaouira: best restaurants in Essaouira and Local Cuisine

Essaouira is a food lover’s paradise, where traditional Moroccan cuisine meets international flavors in a unique and tantalizing way. Whether you’re seeking a casual street-side snack or a fine dining experience, the city has plenty of options to satisfy your culinary cravings.

Best  Essaouira travel guide Restaurants 

In the Essaouira day trip from Marrakech, you will taste Moroccan hospitality combined with exceptional cuisine one of the best restaurants in Essaouira is head to La Table by Madada. This chic restaurant serves up dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients and boasts a menu that changes with the seasons. Another popular choice is Taros, located in a prime spot overlooking the ocean. The menu features a range of international and Moroccan dishes, with a particular emphasis on seafood. For something a bit more laid back, try the charming Café des Arts, which has a lovely terrace and serves up delicious breakfasts and light bites throughout the day.

Local Cuisine in Essaouira

One of the best ways to experience the local cuisine in Essaouira is by visiting the traditional souks that dot the city’s narrow streets. Here, you can sample a range of dishes, from savory tagines to sweet pastries. Some of the most popular street food options include grilled sardines, fresh fruit juices, and msemen (a type of Moroccan flatbread). You can also try a cup of the famous Moroccan mint tea, the perfect accompaniment to any meal or snack.

Vegetarian and Vegan Dining in Essaouira

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry – Essaouira has plenty of dining options to suit your dietary needs. One standout is L’Heure Bleue Palais, which offers a creative vegetarian menu that is as delicious as it is healthy. For vegan fare, try the colorful and cozy Ô de Mer, which serves up fresh salads, wholesome bowls, and tasty plant-based burgers.

“For a taste of Moroccan hospitality combined with exceptional cuisine, head to La Table by Madada.”

When dining in Essaouira, be sure to take your time and savor every bite. The city’s culinary scene is an integral part of its culture and heritage, and offers a truly immersive way to experience the local way of life. Bon appétit!

Exploring Essaouira’s Art and Culture

One Of The things to do in essaouira Is to rich and diverse arts and culture scene that is as vibrant as it is unique. From art galleries to museums and cultural events, the city boasts a variety of attractions that are perfect for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the creative atmosphere of Morocco.

Art Galleries in Essaouira

One of the best ways to explore the artistic heritage of Essaouira is by visiting its many art galleries. From traditional Moroccan art to contemporary pieces, there is something for everyone in the city’s galleries. Some of the most popular galleries include:

Museums in Essaouira

For a more educational and historical experience, museums in Essaouira offer a glimpse into the city’s past and cultural traditions. The most popular museums include:

  • Musée Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah: A former palace turned museum, showcasing traditional Moroccan art, artifacts, and historical documents.
  • Maison de la Photographie: Displays a collection of vintage photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries, depicting life in Morocco.
  • Musée Abderrahman Slaoui: Located in a beautiful colonial-style mansion, this museum features a range of Moroccan art and handicrafts, including textiles, jewelry, and ceramics.

Cultural Events and Festivals in Essaouira

Throughout the year, Essaouira hosts a number of cultural events and festivals that celebrate the city’s artistic heritage and showcase its creative talent. Some of the most popular events include:

“Gnaoua World Music Festival: A four-day festival that takes place annually in June, bringing together some of the world’s best Gnaoua and World Music performers. The festival features a range of concerts, workshops, and cultural events, attracting both locals and tourists alike.”
“Alizés Classical Music Festival: A three-day festival that takes place annually in October, featuring classical music performances by internationally renowned artists. The festival is held in various historic venues throughout the city, providing a unique cultural experience for attendees.”

Local Art and Handicrafts in Essaouira

Finally, You cant Enjoy the Essaouira excursion from Marrakech without exploring its many souks and markets, which offer a range of local art and handicrafts. From textiles and ceramics to jewelry and leather goods, the souks of Essaouira are a treasure trove of unique and authentic Moroccan products.

Some of the most popular souks include:

  • Souk Jdid: Known for its handwoven textiles, leather goods, and spices.
  • Souk el Had: A large market that offers a wide variety of local products, from fresh produce to clothing and souvenirs.
  • Souk Zitoun: Specializes in traditional Moroccan pottery and ceramics, including decorative plates, bowls, and vases.

Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply looking for a unique cultural experience, Essaouira’s arts and culture scene has something to offer everyone. Be sure to explore it on your next visit to this beautiful city.

Shopping in Essaouira: Souks and Handicrafts

Essaouira is a treasure trove of unique handicrafts and traditional souks that offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs for loved ones back home or want to add to your personal collection of artisanal products, the city’s vibrant market scene is sure to delight. Here are some of the top places to shop in Essaouira:

Souks to Visit

Each souk has its own unique atmosphere, but all offer a chance to interact with local vendors and discover one-of-a-kind products.

Handicrafts to Look For

  • Thuya Wood Products: This aromatic wood, native to Morocco, is used to create a variety of products ranging from decorative boxes to kitchenware.
  • Argan Oil: This popular beauty product is made from the argan tree, which is found only in Morocco. Look for 100% pure, organic argan oil for the best quality.
  • Rugs and Textiles: Berber carpets and traditional textiles such as the striped fouta towel are popular in Essaouira and make great souvenirs.

Don’t be afraid to bargain with vendors – it’s a common practice in Moroccan markets and can result in a lower price for your desired item.

“Exploring the souks of Essaouira is like stepping back in time. The vibrant colors and unique products make it a shopper’s paradise.” – Traveler Review on TripAdvisor

Practical Information and Tips for a Day Trip to Essaouira

If you’re planning a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are some practical tips to help you make the most of your excursion:

Transportation Options

There are several ways to get from Marrakech to Essaouira, including by car, bus, or taxi. If you’re looking for a more comfortable and convenient option, consider booking a private transfer or a guided tour that includes transportation. This will allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic ride without worrying about the logistics.

Best Time to Visit

This is the more important information if you plan to explore Essaouira from Marrakech: Essaouira is a coastal city, so it can get quite windy and chilly, especially during the winter months. The best time to visit is during the spring or fall when the weather is mild and pleasant. Keep in mind that the summer months can be crowded and hot, so plan accordingly.

Essential Items to Pack

As with any day trip, it’s important to pack wisely. Some essential items to bring include a light jacket or sweater, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera to capture all the beautiful sights. You might also want to bring some cash in case you want to do some shopping or try some local street food.

Duration of the Trip

A day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira typically takes around 2.5 to 3 hours each way, depending on the transportation method and route. It’s important to plan your itinerary accordingly to make the most of your time in Essaouira. Other important information you must know is that you don’t need in the Essaouira travel guide and the bus tours Essaouira and this article is enough to do your Essaouira itinerary

Local Customs and Etiquette

When visiting Essaouira, it’s important to be respectful of local customs and etiquette. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious or cultural sites. Avoid taking photos of locals without their permission, and be courteous when bargaining at the souks. It’s also customary to remove your shoes when entering someone’s home or a mosque.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip

Q: How far is Essaouira from Marrakech?

A: Essaouira is approximately 118 kilometers (73 miles) from Marrakech, which takes around a 2.5-hour drive by car.

Q: Is it possible to visit Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech?

A: Yes, it is entirely possible to visit Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech. There are several tour operators that offer day trips to Essaouira, which typically include transportation, guided tours, and ample time to explore the city’s attractions.

Q: What is the best time to visit Essaouira?

A: The best time to visit Essaouira is during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November) when the weather is mild and comfortable. However, Essaouira can be visited year-round, and each season provides a different experience.

Q: What are the top attractions in Essaouira?

A: Some of the top attractions in Essaouira include the Medina, the Skala de la Ville, the ramparts, the Essaouira beach, and the various art galleries and museums.

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Q: How long is the day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira?

A: A typical day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira lasts approximately 10-12 hours, depending on the tour operator and the itinerary.

Q: Is there public transportation from Marrakech to Essaouira?

A: Yes, there are several public transportation options available from Marrakech to Essaouira, including buses and taxis. However, the most convenient way to travel is by booking a private tour or hiring a private driver.

Q: What should I bring with me on the day trip to Essaouira?

A: Some essential items to bring on the day trip to Essaouira include comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat, a camera, and some cash for souvenirs and food.

Q: Are there any specific cultural or religious customs to be aware of while visiting Essaouira?

A: Essaouira is a predominantly Muslim city, and visitors should be respectful of local customs and dress modestly in public areas. It is also customary to remove shoes before entering mosques or religious sites.

Q: What is the local cuisine in Essaouira?

A: The local cuisine in Essaouira is heavily influenced by seafood, with dishes such as grilled sardines, fish tagine, and seafood pastilla being popular among visitors. The city also offers a range of traditional Moroccan dishes, including couscous, tajines, and harira 

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Essaouira day trip from marrakech: a coastal odyssey.

Uncover the enchanting allure of Essaouira, as we embark on a captivating day trip from Marrakech. This coastal gem promises a perfect blend of history, culture, and scenic beauty, making it an unmissable experience for any avid traveler.

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive along the Atlantic: Enjoy a picturesque journey as we traverse the captivating landscapes along the Atlantic coast.
  • Explore the Medina: Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Essaouira’s UNESCO-listed Medina, a treasure trove of history and traditional craftsmanship.
  • Visit the Skala de la Ville: Unwind at the historic Skala de la Ville, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city’s charming ramparts.
  • Thuya Wood Craftsmanship: Discover the artistry of Thuya wood at local workshops, where skilled artisans create exquisite handmade pieces.
  • Relax on Essaouira Beach: Feel the soft golden sands beneath your feet as you unwind on the picturesque Essaouira Beach, surrounded by the soothing sound of crashing waves.

Essaouira day trip from Marrakech

Marrakech to Essaouira day tour

Itinerary of Essaouira on a Day Trip from Marrakech

Commence your day with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or Riad at 8:00 a.m. Embark on a picturesque drive along the R207 route, encountering the captivating sight of goats climbing argan trees. Witness up to 20 goats perched in a single tree, a mesmerizing spectacle worth capturing.

A stop at a women’s cooperative reveals the art of Argan oil production, known for its culinary and cosmetic uses. The journey continues to Essaouira, where the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean unfolds before you. The old town medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases brass cannons and protective ramparts steeped in history.

Essaouira seamlessly blends modern cafes with historical charm, offering a unique journey through time. The beachfront promenade beckons with golden sands, making it ideal for sun-seekers. Don’t forget to pack swimwear, sunblock, and a towel for a beachside retreat.

As the day concludes, the return journey to Marrakech begins, ensuring you’re back by 6:00 p.m. Immerse yourself in the captivating sunset ambiance, marking the end of a day filled with Essaouira’s timeless allure.

What is included:

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Transportation and Driver

What is not included:

  • Lunch and Drinks
  • Local Guide

Additional Information:

  • Departure Point: Your hotel in Marrakech
  • Duration: Approximately 10 hours
  • What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, sunscreen, hat, and a camera to capture the memories.
  • Language: Guided tour available in English, French

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FAQs – Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

How long does the essaouira day trip from marrakech take.

The Essaouira day trip typically lasts for approximately 10 hours, with a 2-hour 40-minute scenic drive from Marrakech to Essaouira and return.

What is included in the tour package?

The tour includes hotel or hostel pickup in Marrakech, transportation with a driver, and transfers to and from Marrakech.

Are meals included in the tour price?

No, lunch and drinks are not included in the tour price. Visitors have the flexibility to explore local cafes and restaurants in Essaouira.

Can I swim at Essaouira’s beach during the day trip?

Yes, you have free time to enjoy the sandy beach of Essaouira. We recommend bringing swimwear, sunblock, and a towel if you plan to relax by the sea.

What unique experiences does the tour offer?

The tour allows you to witness goats climbing Argan trees, visit a cooperative of Berber women producing Argan oil, explore the old town medina, and enjoy a long walk on Essaouira’s beach.

Is the itinerary impacted by recent events or earthquakes?

No, the tour itinerary is not impacted. Essaouira remains a safe and enchanting destination for visitors. The tour operates as usual.

Can I cancel the tour, and is there a cancellation fee?

Yes, you can cancel the tour free of charge before 24 Hours. However, cancellations made less than 24 Hours before the tour may incur a fee.

How many people are required for the tour to depart?

The tour requires a minimum of 2 people to depart. Daily departures are guaranteed.

What should I bring for the day trip?

We recommend bringing swimwear, sunblock, a towel, and any personal items you might need. Comfortable clothing and footwear are suitable for exploring Essaouira.

How can I book the Essaouira day trip from Marrakech?

Booking is easy. You can reserve your spot by filling out the online form on this page. For any inquiries, you can also contact us .

  • Free cancellation:  cancels  up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
  • Reserve now & pay later:  keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay just a small deposit today.
  • Pickup & Dropoff Included: The pickup and dropoff are included if your hotel located in the city center or Marrakech Medina.

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Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

Excursion from Marrakech to Essaouira

Here is the overview of a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira

Discover Essaouira on a unique one-day tour leaving from Marrakech. During this excursion, you can visit the old medina of Essaouira, the port and the Scala and the Argan woman’s co-operative, eat traditional dishes, and see its beach and the city gates. After lunch and a rest stop, we will head back to the hotel, arriving about 8:00 pm.

Full-Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

  • Travel from Marrakech to Essaouira and Lose yourself in this Moroccan Atlantic paradise and retreat of stars like Jimmy Hendrix. Discover the port and the walled enclosure of the Scala, cross the picturesque streets of the Medina, and discover its refined crafts. If you like fish, take the opportunity to enjoy a tasty meal in the port. Discover for yourself why Essaouira is called “ The Pearl of the Atlantic “.
  • This day trip to Essaouira starts with an early departure from Marrakech. We will pick you up at your hotel and head to Essaouira, “The Pearl of the Atlantic.” We arrive at this walled city in about 3 hours. There you can enjoy the unique beauty Essaouira offers, a paradise for surf lovers, and an inspiring corner for many artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Orson Welles.
  • During your excursion to Essaouira , you will have plenty of free time to travel around the city. You will be given directions and recommendations for the most beautiful places to see. They include the ancient port of Essaouira and the Scala, an 18th Century bastion that defended the city of Essaouira. From the top of the bastion, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic. Also, you can lose yourself in the lively streets of the famous Medina, featuring the traditional white fishermen houses, soaking in its characteristic Bohemian atmosphere at the same time.
  • Discover the city tradition of refined craftsmanship on this day trip from Marrakech . and enjoy a quintessential image of Essaouira: the return of the fishing boats to port. In addition, if you love seafood, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the fresh fish in the typical restaurants along the seafront.

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1-Day Trip Marrakech to Essaouira

Day Trip from Marrakech to Essaouira

Explore the serene coastal city of Essaouira on this private 1-day trip Marrakech to Essaouira. Located on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast, this walled harbor city — a late-18th-century fortified town — holds a casting port (with an abundance of seagulls eternally rising cost) and an old medina full of local artisans selling their wares.

Lunch isn’t included but there are a variety of fine restaurants to select from with fresh local fish and seafood for lunch. Marrakech hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights of Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip

  • Explore the serene coastal city of Essaouira
  • Enjoy the Atlas mountains landscapes
  • Stop in the famous goats tree

Program Itinerary of the 1-Day trip Marrakech to Essaouira

After leaving Marrakech on an own 1-day trip Marrakech to Essaouira, you’ll be individually transported through the vast and awe-inspiring Moroccan landscape to Essaouira.

On the day trip, you may see a few disseminated villages and some camels, sheep, and goats feeding in the countryside.

The vegetation then changes to Argan trees that only grow within the wild and which give berries for local goats to eat.

If you would like it’s possible to prevent oil tasting during a small cooperative travel by local women, where the Argan oil is extracted from the trees, this multi-purpose oil is extremely famous for its uses in cooking and also in cosmetics.

Nearby you’ll look at a bird’s eye view of Essaouira, an enthralling and artistic blue and white town. Once you arrive in Essaouira you’ll explore its peculiar wonders at your leisure.

Stroll along the quays, where you’ll watch fishermen unloading their catch of the day and fishing boats returning to shore, or enjoy the various good restaurants at the part and dine on fresh fish and seafood. Essaouira maybe a picturesque and diverse town where you’ll explore the historic ramparts and visit the Medina filled with local artists selling their crafts made from thuya wood.

In this coastal Moroccan city, the ramparts are witnesses that will give you an insight into how this old seaport village was well-armed against the threat of invasion.

Parquetry still remains a standard specialty of Essaouira, and another beautiful attraction of the region is its tranquil beach, where you’ll easily spend a soothing and peaceful afternoon. End of 1-Day trip Marrakech to Essaouira.

Price Includes and Excludes

Price includes.

  • Pick-up & drop off at/from your accommodation
  • Transport by private modern vehicle with A/C
  • Experienced English speaking Driver/Guide

Price Excludes

  • Tipping (Optional)

Additional info about Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip

  • - Comfortable shoes for walking, sport sneakers for example. Long sleeves and long pants or skirts, and a warm jacket are appropriate for this trip.​
  • - Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • - Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • - Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • - Your booking confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

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FAQ of the 1-Day Trip Marrakech to Essaouira

Driving distance from Marrakech to Essaouira is: 190km

To confirm the 1-Day trip Marrakech to Essaouira, we require a small deposit to be paid over PayPal, Wise, or bank transfer to our account, the balance is payable in cash at the pick-up, to be paid to your driver in euros, or equal in dollars or dirhams.

Is it possible to pay the entire with PayPal?

Usually, we request the balance payments in cash because PayPal also has many transaction fees and operational delays since it’s a world institution. we will in some cases accept the complete payment via Paypal however a 5% fee is going to be applied to hide the additional transaction charges. just in case you’re considering this method, it’s best to rearrange the payment before the tour.

Is it possible to pay the entire via Wise or bank transfer?

Yes, we accept the entire cost via Wise and bank transfer but there will be an extra charge of 2%.

Cancelation Policy:

For a full refund, cancel a minimum of 30 days beforehand of the beginning date of the experience.

Reviews about our Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

Rhonnel10

Fantastic Essaouira Day Trip

Essaouira may be a fantastic place; a requirement for Moroccan adventure. Our tour guide/driver For this trip is Youssef.

I never posted any reviews on any apps or online, but at this point, I feel there's a requirement on behalf of me to write down a review for them. Youssef is a superb and professional guide with an honest heart.

He educated us on the history, culture, and other people of Morocco. this is often the primary tour we took in Morocco, and with him sharing his knowledge with us, we learned a lot about the country.

On our way back to the town, he stopped at an unconscious person on the road and called people’s attention nearby for help.

He also followed all the security and drive traffic controls. We felt really safe together with his driving.

We are very happy and satisfied with his behavior.

Nazbd11

Essaouira Day Trip to the Seaside, port & souk

A beautiful place to go to far away from Marrakech. It's unique in its own way. It took us around 2 hrs. On the way, we stopped by a tremendous place where all the goats were on the trees like flowers. My 3yr old son and that I held a cute little goat. it had been so lovely.

Beautiful port with many boats and a view from the old fort.

The souk is extremely big with many restaurants, shops and a mosque. it had been prayer time and that I prayed in one among the mosques, then we visited to find a restaurant to eat. I need to recommend this restaurant because it was tucked away. it's called the Rempart.

They made a gorgeous grilled fish lunch with chips, salad, bread, and that I ordered some milky tea. Absolutely delicious and great Moroccan ambiance. Lovely furnishing.

We shopped a touch then visited by some frozen dessert for my son at an outside frozen dessert place.

Lovely day, Completely different to Marrakech.

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Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira

In a bustling world of modernity, step back in time on a full-day jaunt from Marrakech to the charming coastal town of Essaouira.

The journey unveils a tapestry of cultural wonders and picturesque landscapes, offering a unique blend of tradition and contemporary allure. From the labyrinthine streets of the old Medina to the vibrant markets teeming with local crafts, every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered.

Join the exploration, for the allure of Essaouira beckons with promises of a day filled with enriching experiences and unforgettable moments, leaving a yearning for more adventures in its wake.

Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Key Points

  • Experience Essaouira’s laid-back beaches and vibrant culture in a day trip from Marrakech.
  • Indulge in Essaouira’s culinary delights, from fresh seafood to traditional Moroccan dishes.
  • Immerse in Essaouira’s rich history and engage with the local community on a full-day adventure.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Marrakech to Essaouira, with opportunities for exploration along the way.

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Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Activity Details

Set out on a captivating journey through the enchanting coastal city of Essaouira, enjoying its vibrant culture and rich history.

When visiting Essaouira, travelers should keep in mind a few essential travel tips to make the most of their experience. It’s recommended to try the fresh fish from the local ocean, explore the lively souks filled with vibrant colors, and visit the association of Berber women artisans crafting argan oil.

Enjoy the local culture by witnessing bustling souks and vibrant trading scenes, tasting ocean-fresh fish at a local restaurant, and exploring the local markets with treasures crafted by skilled artisans. These activities will provide a profound insight into the unique charm and traditions of Essaouira.

Unforgettable Experience

Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Unforgettable Experience

Indulge in a truly unforgettable experience as you explore the vibrant culture and rich history of Essaouira on this full-day trip.

Beach relaxation : Feel the soft sand between your toes as you unwind on the stunning beaches of Essaouira, listening to the calming sounds of the waves.

Artisanal crafts : Enjoy the traditional craftsmanship of Essaouira as you witness skilled artisans creating intricate pieces of art, from pottery to textiles.

Cultural immersion : Engage with the local community in the bustling medina, exploring vibrant souks filled with colorful textiles, spices , and handicrafts.

Historical charm : Wander through the enchanting streets of the old Medina, marveling at the ocher-colored walls and historical architecture that tell tales of Essaouira’s past.

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Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Must-See Highlights

Enjoy the vibrant essence of Essaouira by exploring its must-see highlights, each offering a unique glimpse into the city’s charm and culture. Stroll through enchanting alleys and discover artisan treasures in the bustling markets of the old Medina. Enjoy the ocher-colored walls surrounding you as you explore the picturesque streets, filled with the vibrant colors of lively souks. Indulge in fresh fish from the local ocean at a charming restaurant and witness the craftsmanship of Berber women creating argan oil products. Essaouira’s highlights promise an unforgettable experience, blending history , artisanship , and the coastal beauty of this Moroccan gem.

Complete Itinerary

Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Complete Itinerary

Discover the complete itinerary for the full-day trip to Essaouira, detailing the exciting activities and key highlights that await you on this coastal adventure.

Local Cuisine : Enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh fish from the local ocean at a traditional restaurant.

Handicraft Exploration: Visit an association of Berber women artisans crafting argan oil, showcasing the rich handicraft heritage of the region.

Scenic Roadside Stops: Pause at roadside cafes for sipping traditional mint tea , immersing in the local culture.

Market Exploration: Explore the lively souks of Essaouira, filled with vibrant colors and treasures crafted by skilled artisans.

Set out on a journey through Morocco’s Atlantic Coast landscapes, with stops at picturesque spots, opportunities to savor local delicacies, and explore the rich artistic traditions of the region.

Culinary Delights

Set out on a flavorful journey through Essaouira’s culinary landscape, savoring fresh seafood delights and traditional Moroccan dishes that tantalize the taste buds. In Essaouira, visitors can enjoy the local flavors through various culinary experiences, including cooking workshops and sampling dishes that reflect the region’s rich gastronomic heritage.

From sampling ocean-fresh fish at local restaurants to engaging in cooking workshops, Essaouira offers a true culinary adventure that showcases the vibrant and diverse tastes of Morocco.

Homeward Bound

Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Homeward Bound

As the day draws to a close in Essaouira, travelers begin their journey back to Marrakech, soaking in the memories of a day filled with exploration and culture.

1. Reflections : Travelers reflect on the sights, sounds , and tastes experienced throughout the day, cherishing the moments spent in Essaouira.

2. Farewell to Essaouira : Saying goodbye to the coastal city, visitors feel a sense of nostalgia as they depart, carrying with them the essence of Essaouira.

3. Changing Landscapes : The landscape transforms as the journey progresses, offering a different perspective on the beauty of Morocco’s Atlantic Coast.

4. Journey’s End : Arriving back in Marrakech around 19 :00 PM, the journey comes to a close, leaving travelers with lasting memories etched in their hearts.

Lasting Memories

Travelers find themselves reminiscing about the day’s adventures in Essaouira, the memories of vibrant souks, ocean-fresh delicacies , and artisan treasures lingering vividly in their minds as they journey back to Marrakech.

The lasting impressions of Essaouira’s scenic beauty , from the enchanting ocher-colored walls to the picturesque streets of the old Medina, stay with them as they bid farewell to the coastal city.

The scenic beauty of Essaouira, with its stunning coastal views and lively atmosphere, leaves an indelible mark on visitors. The vibrant colors of the souks, the taste of fresh fish straight from the local ocean, and the intricate treasures crafted by skilled artisans all contribute to the unforgettable memories that travelers take back with them to Marrakech.

Return to Marrakech

Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira - Return to Marrakech

Upon bidding farewell to Essaouira at the end of the day, the journey back to Marrakech unfolds, allowing travelers to reflect on the day’s cherished experiences. As the landscapes transition, memories of Essaouira’s coastal charm linger, merging with the anticipation of revisiting Marrakech. Here are four highlights of the return journey:

Watching the sun dip into the ocean, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink.

Passing through small villages, catching glimpses of daily life in rural Morocco.

Recalling the lively souks and vibrant trading scenes, contrasting with the serenity of Essaouira.

Feeling a sense of nostalgia as Essaouira memories blend with past Marrakech experiences, creating a tapestry of Marrakech memories to cherish.

Here's a few more nearby tours and experiences we have reviewed.

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  • Marrakech Medina Walking Tour: Half-Day Guided Tour
  • 3-Day Tour to Merzouga Erg Chebbi With Food & Camel Trek
  • Full Package Agafay Desert, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Dinner Show
  • Atlas Mountains, 3 Valleys & Agafay Desert From Marrakech-Daytour

Common questions

Is there wi-fi available on the transportation during the trip to essaouira.

Wi-Fi coverage is not available on the transportation to Essaouira. While passengers won’t have internet connectivity, they can enjoy the scenic journey, vibrant markets , and fresh seafood to ensure comfort and entertainment throughout the trip.

Are There Any Restroom Facilities Available at the Various Stops Along the Journey?

Restroom availability is ensured at the various comfort stops during the journey. Travelers can rest assured that there are facilities for their convenience. Enjoy the trip worry-free, knowing that comfort needs are well taken care of.

Can Participants Bring Their Own Snacks and Drinks for the Day Trip?

Participants can bring their snacks and drinks for the day trip. While there are food options available during stops, bringing personal items is encouraged for dietary restrictions. This also enhances group bonding through sharing local cuisine experiences along the journey.

Are There Any Opportunities for Swimming or Beach Activities in Essaouira?

Opportunities for beach activities in Essaouira include swimming, sunbathing , and surfing. The coastal city offers a picturesque beach where visitors can enjoy the ocean breeze and possibly indulge in water sports, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and adventure.

Is There a Guide or Tour Leader Accompanying the Group Throughout the Day Trip?

Throughout the day trip, a knowledgeable guide leads the group, enhancing the tour experience with cultural insights. Overcoming language barriers, they ensure smooth communication. Small group dynamics foster interaction, making the exploration of Essaouira even more enriching and memorable.

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As the sun sets on your full-day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech, you’ll be left with memories of vibrant souks, traditional mint tea , and the enchanting old Medina.

From exploring artisan associations to savoring fresh fish by the ocean, every moment was a blend of culture and scenic beauty.

Cherish these lasting memories as you bid farewell to Essaouira and return to Marrakech, grateful for a day filled with unforgettable experiences.

Explore Essaouira

12 BEST day trips from Essaouira

Posted on Last updated: June 6, 2024

12 BEST day trips from Essaouira

From a short taxi ride out of town to a three hour drive, here we cover the best day trips from Essaouira.

There are so many things to do in Essaouira , but if you’re staying a week or more, or perhaps using Essaouira as a longer-term base for your Morocco travels (indeed Essaouira is a popular destination in Morocco for digital nomads ), you may be looking for some ideas for day trips from Essaouira. Although we wouldn’t blame you if you just wanted to chill around the medina sipping mint tea and taking long sunset walks along the beach; Essaouira’s chilled out vibes are very easy to slip into!

But if you do want to explore more of the beautiful Moroccan countryside and coastlines around Essaouira, or perhaps venture further afield to explore a Moroccan city, then here we’ve rounded up for you the best Essaouira day trips.

Self-driving is the easiest way to travel for a day trip from Essaouira. But if you don’t have your own wheels, we have provided other transport options for each destination suggested. Please note that any prices quoted here were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

Alternatively, why not join a tour with Lou’s Rides who organised day trips into the Essaouira countryside to meet local people and guide you off the beaten track.

Lou's Rides Essaouira

If you have more time, you may want to follow our 5-day Agadir to Essaouira road trip itinerary which takes in many of the suggested Essaouira daytrip suggestions below, including Diabat , Sidi Kaouki and Taghazout.

The below map shows the locations of the best day trips from Essaouira.

READ OUR GUIDE: Diabat Distance from Essaouira: 4km (10min drive)

Dar Sultan Palace

Four kilometres south of Essaouira’s medina is the dusty, sleepy village of Diabat . This is the easiest day trip from Essaouira being only a ten minute drive or beach stroll away.

Back in the early 1970s, Diabat (and Essaouira) was firmly on the hippie trail, solidified by a visit from the legendary musician, Jimi Hendrix, in 1969. He may have only visited for a couple of days (in fact, apparently he wanted to buy Diabat), but this was a good enough reason to open a Jimi Hendrix café and hotel in the village, which are still open today.

Diabat sees only a small fraction of the tourists compared to Essaouira, and the hippie communes are long gone. But if you are visiting Essaouira during the high season months of  July  and  August  and want to escape the crowds, Diabat is the place to come. Visitors only tend to come here for a  quad biking  or horse riding tour, or they may be staying at the  Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa  (which is actually in Diabat rather than Essaouria) and tend to stick to the confines of luxury.

But one of the top things to do in Diabat is to visit the ruins of Dar Sultan Palace , nestled amongst the sand dunes between village and the beach. It has been rumoured that Dar Sultan Palace inspired Jimmie Hendrix to write  Castles Made of Sand .

Getting to Diabat

It’s a very pleasant walk along the shoreline from Essaouira to Diabat (when the river between the two places isn’t flowing). From Diabat beach there’s a wide stone track that leads up to the village (1.5km).

Otherwise, you can flag down a petit taxi from Essaouira to take you to Diabat (read our guide to taking  petits taxis in Essaouira ). Taxis won’t take you along the track to Diabat beach though. Between Essaouira and Diabat, the fare is fixed at 30DH. 

Diabat to Essaouira walk

Diabat to Essaouira walk

Escape the hustle and bustle of Essaouira’s medina with this 5km walk from Diabat to Essaouira medina via Dar Sultan Palace, the beach, and a sundowner and one of Essaouira’s beach bars.

2. Sidi Kaouki

READ OUR GUIDE: Sidi Kaouki Distance from Essaouira: 23km (25min drive)

Sidi Kaouki beach

Sidi Kaouki is a surfing beach, 30 minutes drive south of Essaouira. It’s a beautiful spot, but the secret is out on this sandy stretch and you will find a handful of basic restaurants, and locals offering camel and horse rides along the beach.

A large abandoned building stands at the northern end of the sandy beach. This is actually the shrine and pilgrimage site of Sidi Kaouki, a 19th-century marabout (a Muslim religious leader and teacher), and who this Berber village is named after. To the north of this shrine are rock pools to explore, and to the south is the long sandy swathe of beach.

The main reason tourists visit Sidi Kaouki is for the surfing. Indeed the surf here is much stronger than Essaouira beach . There’s a surf shop next to the restaurants, adjacent to the car park, if you want to hire a surfboard or boogie board, or perhaps have lessons. Or if you just wan to relax, hire sun loungers and a parasol on the beach, 50DH for a pair (although laying your towel out on the sand is free). 

Getting to Sidi Kaouki

The easiest way to get to Sidi Kaouki from Essaouira is to take a Grand Taxi. You will need to get to the Grand Taxi station, which is next to the main bus station in Essaouira. Click here for the Google Map point. There is a flat fee of 15DH per person, or 90DH for the whole taxi (i.e. 6 people), to Sidi Kaouki. To get back to Sidi Kaouki, arrange a collection time with your driver. 

Alternatively, you can take a public bus from just outside Bab Doukkala. Head to the blue ‘ Lima Bus, Essaouira ‘ sign on the right as you exit Bab Doukkala and take the Lima bus, Line 2   (7DH per person).

3. Had Draa market

READ OUR GUIDE: Had Draa market Distance from Essaouira: 30km (25min drive)

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Had Draa is a dusty, non-descript village in the countryside around Essaouira. But on Sunday mornings it comes alive with the largest markets in the region. It’s a fascinating insight into local culture and enables you to discover authentic rural life in Morocco.

Animals and produce have been traded for centuries at Had Draa Souk, and is the place to come if you need to pick up a camel, goat, or donkey (do check your Ryanair baggage allowance though). There’s also an on-site halal abattoir and stalls selling grilled-meat kebabs.

Aside from livestock, there’s everything from baskets, to fresh fruit and vegetables, carpets, clothes, kitchenware, and much more.

Market sellers arrive from sunrise to set up and much of the cattle selling takes place in the early hours. However, the market is still bustling from 9am to 12pm, so don’t worry about missing breakfast to get there.

Getting to Had Draa market

Local buses leave from outside Bab Doukkala to Had Draa (ask around on a Sunday morning), or take a Grand Taxi from the Grand Taxi station. Either way it’s 10DH per person.

4. Ida Ougourd market

READ OUR GUIDE: Ida Ougourd market Distance from Essaouira: 20km (25min drive)

Ida Ougourd market

If your visit to Essaouira does not coincide with the Sunday market at  Had Draa , the next best option in the region is Ida Ougourd , held every Wednesday. Set on a hillside, the market is separated into distinct areas: a large open fruit and veg market spills out in front of the mosque, a Halal abattoir will be found down a little alleyway, and animals are traded in a walled square. There’s even a donkey park (as opposed to a car park).

The market starts from 5am, but is still going around 9am. Between 10am and 11am it’s starting to wind down, and by noon it’s finished.

Getting to Ida Ougourd market

Local buses leave from outside Bab Doukkala to Ida Ougourd (around 7am on Wednesday mornings), or take a Grand Taxi from the Grand Taxi station. Either way it’s 7DH per person.

5. Val d’Argan

READ OUR GUIDE: Val d’Argan winery Distance from Essaouira: 25km (25min drive)

Essaouira vineyard

People are often surprised to hear that there has been a vineyard in Essaouira since 1994. Just 25 minutes along the road from the centre of Essaouira to Marrakech is Domaine du Val d’Argan .

Baked by the desert and benefiting from the trade winds off the Atlantic, Domaine du Val d’Argan is the first and only Moroccan vineyard exclusively dedicated to grape varieties of the Rhône Valley. Over the past 20 years, the vineyard has grown from 5 to 50 hectares, with 13 different grape varieties from the Rhône Valley.

Visitors are welcome for wine tasting, or to enjoy Moroccan cooking accompanied by the wines harvested on site. There is also bed and breakfast accommodation available, with guest rooms spread around the gardens with a swimming pool.

Email in advance to reserve your wine-tasting session. The price is 200DH and includes tasting:

  • Le Val d’Argan Blanc (white wine)
  • Argania du Val d’Argan Blanc (white wine)
  • Le Val d’Argan Rosé (rosé wine)
  • Le Val d’Argan Rouge (red wine)
  • Argania du Val d’Argan Rouge (red wine)

Wine-tasting session times are:

  • 11am to 11:30am
  • 2:30pm to 3:00pm
  • 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Getting to Val d’Argan

There is no shuttle service to the Val d’Argan, so visitors need to make their own way over (a Grand Taxi or private driver). Expect to pay 300DH for the return journey.

6. Les Jardin by Villa Maroc

READ OUR GUIDE: Day pass at Les Jardins de Villa Maroc Distance from Essaouira: 24km (20min drive)

Les Jardins de Villa Maroc

If your Airbnb, riad, or hotel in Essaouira doesn’t have a swimming pool, how about treating yourself to a day pass at a swimming pool?

Les Jardins de Villa Maroc is stylish, small resort, nestled in the Swiri countryside, just off the road to Marrakech, and offers a day pass (11am to 5pm, 320DH per person) for visitors to use the heated swimming pool and dine at the restaurant. This is the sister hotel to Villa Maroc , Morocco’s oldest riad-hotel situated in the heart of the medina.

A transfer from Essaouira’s medina is included in your day pass fee. The BBQ buffet lunch spread is fantastic.

Getting to Les Jardins de Villa Maroc

A transfer from Villa Maroc in the medina is included in your day pass. This is arranged on booking.

7. Hôtel Domaine de L’Arganeraie

READ OUR REVIEW: Hôtel Domaine de L’Arganeraie Distance from Essaouira: 11km (20min drive)

Hôtel Domaine de L’Arganeraie

As an alternative option to Les Jardins de Villa Maroc , Hôtel Domaine de L’Arganeraie is an equally beautiful setting and also offers a day pass for non-guests to use their heated pool.

Hidden off a dusty road through the village of Ghazoua, Hôtel Domaine de L’Arganeraie is just a 20 minute drive from Essaouira.

The heated pool is larger, and as the day pass (11am to 6:30pm) to use the pool is slightly cheaper (from 100DH per person), it’s popular with families. The lunch menu is a good selection including pizzas, burgers, tagines, and vegetarian options.

Getting to Hôtel Domaine de L’Arganeraie

On booking, a transfer can be arranged for your from Essaouira (100DH, priced by car rather than person).

READ OUR GUIDE: Things to do in Safi Distance from Essaouira: 124km (2 hour drive)

Safi pottery

Rarely on the tourist radar, the coastal town of Safi just a two hour drive north of Essaouira , is famed for its pottery. Indeed, a visit to the Pottery Quarter is one of the top things to do in Safi , Morocco. Although with it’s Portuguese history and coastal location, we believe there is more to this sleepy town and is worthy as a full day trip from Essaouira.

Being an industrial town, Safi is admittedly not as picturesque as Essaouira, and perhaps why it’s off the beaten tourist trail in Morocco. But its Portuguese history provide pockets of interest, including Cathédrale Portugaise, Qasr A Bahr, and the Kechla. Plus a wander around the medina feels far less touristy that Essaouira, and for surfers, Safi provides another excellent surf spot along Morocco’s Atlantic coastline.

En route to Safi from Essaouira, its worth stopping at Oualidia , a sleeping fishing village (renowned for shellfish) spread across a crescent-shaped lagoon with soft sand and gentle waters.

Getting to Safi

If you don’t have your own wheels, a Grand Taxi is the next best option.

CTM also operates a regular bus service between Essaouira and Safi. At the time of writing, the first CTM bus leaves Essaouira at 10am (arriving 12pm) and the last bus leaves Safi at 5:15pm (arriving 7:15pm). The bus station in Safi is south of the town centre, so you will need to get a petit taxi when you arrive (expect to pay 10DH). Once you’re in the town centre, everything is is walkable.

9. Taghazout

Distance from Essaouira: 152km (2.5 hour drive)

Taghazout beach

Taghazout is characterful surf town just north of Agadir. With its hippy / back-packer vibe, and restaurants hugging the coastline, it’s a wonderful place to spend the day. You can also hire boogieboards for the kids to play in the surf. Hours of fun!

The wind isn’t as strong in Taghazout compared to Essaouira, but the beach is very small and compact. It’s one of those Moroccan towns where there isn’t really a lot to do, but there’s just a really lovely vibe, and for this reason alone makes it a worthwhile day trip from Essaouira.

Getting to Taghazout

Hiring a car or a driver is really the only way to get to Taghazout from Essaouira.

10. Paradise Valley

Distance from Essaouira: 186km (3.5 hour drive)

Paradise Valley, Agadir

Paradise Valley is a stunning hidden gorge with ponds to paddle and swim in. Further downstream are cafes along, and even in , the river serving the usual orange juices, tagines, and western food.

As you driver through Taghazout to get to Paradise Valley, it’s worthwhile combining the two for a day trip from Essaouira.

Head to this Google Map point for parking, it’s then a 15 minute walk down to the gorge. Plan to arrive either early in the day or evening if travelling during school holidays as it does get rather busy.

Getting to Paradise Valley

Hiring a car or a driver is really the only way to get to Paradise Valley from Essaouira. Although if you are staying in Agadir, many of the hotels offer a day tour to Paradise Valley.

Distance from Essaouira: 175km (3 hour drive)

Agadir beach

Many visitors to Morocco choose between Agadir or Essaouria for a beach holiday as they are the two obvious choices. However, these two Moroccan beach towns offer a very different vibe. Agadir is geared more towards package holiday tourist wanting a sun and pool holiday, whereas Essaouira offers a deeper cultural connection to tourists with its traffic tree medina and working fishing port.

In all honesty, Agadir is not the best representation of Morocco, and you would be forgiven for thinking you were on the Spanish Costas. An earthquake in 1960 destroyed most of the city, which has since been rebuilt into a large grid pattern with concrete being the preferred material.

So why come to Agadir? Well firstly, the long stretch of sandy beach is more sheltered that Essaouira, and Agadir enjoys a slightly warmer climate. If your visit to Essaouira has combined with very gusty winds and you would like to enjoy some calmer days sunbathing on the beach, it may be worth venturing down to Agadir.

Secondly, if you love shopping for a bargain, Agadir has one of the largest and liveliest souks in all of Morocco, Souk El Had. Set in a grid pattern and all undercover, it’s relatively easy to navigate and cool in the summer months. This timeless souk sells absolutely everything; electronics, food, clothes, hardware, toys, the list is seemingly endless. Just be prepared to haggle hard.

Thirdly, Agadir is home to Crocoparc , a superb reptile park and a must if visiting Agadir with kids . The entire park is exceptionally laid out and it is teeming with Nile crocodiles swimming and sunning themselves around a large lagoon. You will also find iguanas, tortoises, snakes, and a very cool cactus garden.

Getting to Agadir

If you don’t have your own wheels, you could arrange for a Grand Taxi to drive you (expect to pay 600DH each way).

The cheapest option is to take the CTM bus . However, at the time of writing, the earliest bus leaving Essaouira to Agadir is 14:30, which arrives at 17:30; not ideal times if you’re planning a day trip from Essaouira and not planning on staying overnight.

However, if you have more time, why not make it into a longer road trip and follow our 5-day Agadir to Essaouira road trip itinerary , which also stops off at Sidi Kaouki, Imsoune, and Taghazout enroute.

12. Marrakech

Distance from Essaouira: 185km (3 hour drive)

Marrakech Jemaa el-Fnaa

Many people visit Essaouira as a day trip from Marrakech. It therefore makes sense that you can do a day trip the other way around, from Essaouira to Marrakech! Admittedly, it will be a long day as it’s a three hour drive each way. But if you are basing yourself in Essaouira for a week or so, a day trip to Marrakech is very doable. Indeed, you really don’t need to decide between visiting Marrakech or Essaouira as it’s very easy to combine the two.

Essaouira is far more chilled and relaxed than Marrakech, so if your only experience of Morocco thus far is of Essaouira, be prepared for an assault on the senses, especially in the heart of the medina; motorbikes whizz at speed down the narrow alleyways, shops spill out on to the streets, donkeys dragging carts squeeze through the bustling thoroughfare, and this is all before you’ve reached the exotic fanfare of Jemaa el-Fnaa (the main square) with it’s snake charmers, street food, musicians, and teeth sellers (yes, teeth sellers). If you’re visiting Marrakech with kids , do take care with little ones when walking around.

Spend your morning wandering the medina, shopping and browsing, with lunch on a rooftop restaurant overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa. Then in the afternoon, to escape the hustle and bustle of the media, dive into Jardin Majorelle, Le Jardin Secret, or Bahai Palace for some peace.

If you are visiting Essaouira with kids , a worthwhile day trip from Essaouira is the brilliant Oasiria waterpark in Marrakech. Here are a number of slides, a big wave pool, a very long lazy river, a climbing wall that runs alongside a pool, and a whole section devoted to small kids, complete with a pirate ship and more slides.

Getting to Marrakech

To  travel from Essaouira to Marrakech  you can either hire a private transfer (your accommodation host will be able to help you with this), Grand Taxi (expect to pay 600DH each way), or travel by  bus  (which is the cheapest option, especially for single or couple travellers).

The first Supratours bus to Marrakech from Essaouria leaves at 7am and arrives into Marrakech at 10am. The last bus back leaves Marrakech at 7pm and arrived to Essaouira at 10pm. It’s a long, but very doable day trip from Essaouira. Although there are early return buses if you prefer.

However, f you are visiting  Essaouira with kids , you may find that a private transfer is easier and more cost effective for a family. 

Click here  for further information on getting from Marrakech to Essaouira.

Explore Essaouira travel ebook

Explore Essaouira ebook

Updated in June 2024, the Explore Essaouira ebook is the only travel guide you need for exploring Essaouira . It is jam-packed with inspiration on what to do, where to eat, where to stay, and also includes the step-by-step self-guided walking tour (with photos). 

This is a PDF download for use offline and on the go (and ad-free!). Save it to read on the plane to Morocco, download to your phone to follow the self-guided walking tour around the medina, or print it off at home before you leave on your adventures and highlight all the bits you want to remember for your visit.

If you have found this website useful for planning your Essaouira adventures, you can show your support by  buying Jenny a coffee . Thanks so much!

Before your go, check out these useful reads for your visit:

The best things to do in Essaouira

Essaouira walking tour (self-guided)

Day trips from Essaouira

How to get around Essaouira

The best restaurants in Essaouira

The best hotels in Essaouira

Essaouira travel FAQs: everything you need to know before your visit

A brief history of Essaouira

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    The Best Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech. Discover the relaxed, bohemian seaside resort of Essaouira on a full-day guided tour from Marrakech. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, cross Morocco by air-conditioned vehicle en route to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy views of the arid landscape, stopping at an argan oil co ...

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    Take a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech to discover one of the hidden gems of the Atlantic coast. Essaouira or Mogador is famous for its Medina fortification and fishing port. The artsy and hippy atmosphere of Essaouira, the cool weather all year long, and the easy 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Marrakech make Essaouira a very popular day trip.

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    The day trip from Marrakech starting at 8:00 AM allows for three delightful stops along the Atlantic Coast, providing a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. ... To sum it up, a full-day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech offers an immersive experience exploring the vibrant medina, local markets, and artisanal crafts of this coastal city.

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    Visit the beach and take a relaxing stroll along the oceanfront promenade. 3:30 PM. Explore the local souks and shop for traditional handicrafts such as textiles, jewelry, and wood carvings. 5:00 PM. Depart from Essaouira and head back to Marrakech. 7:00 PM.

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    We will depart Essaouira around 4:30 pm, arriving back in Marrakech at around 8:00 pm. Note 1: Essaouira is a laid-back and peacefull seaside town which you can easily explore at your own pace without a guide Note 2: Price includes air-conditioned transportation, Mint tea and bottled water. Note 3: The goats have minds of their own, so it is ...

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    Take a day trip out to the seaside city of Essaouira with this tour from Marrakech, which includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle. You'll have plenty of time to explore Essaouira independently and grab lunch. You'll also stop along the way to visit an argan oil factory and have the chance to purchase products.

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    Itinerary of Essaouira on a Day Trip from Marrakech. Commence your day with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or Riad at 8:00 a.m. Embark on a picturesque drive along the R207 route, encountering the captivating sight of goats climbing argan trees. Witness up to 20 goats perched in a single tree, a mesmerizing spectacle worth capturing.

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    Discover Essaouira on a unique one-day tour leaving from Marrakech. During this excursion, you can visit the old medina of Essaouira, the port and the Scala and the Argan woman's co-operative, eat traditional dishes, and see its beach and the city gates. After lunch and a rest stop, we will head back to the hotel, arriving about 8:00 pm.

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    To make the most of your Essaouira day trip from Marrakech, consider packing a light bag with essential items for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are five tips to ensure a memorable day trip: Sun Protection: Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the sun.

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    Overview. Explore the serene coastal city of Essaouira on this private 1-day trip Marrakech to Essaouira. Located on Morocco's Atlantic Coast, this walled harbor city — a late-18th-century fortified town — holds a casting port (with an abundance of seagulls eternally rising cost) and an old medina full of local artisans selling their wares.

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    Spend a day in the seaside community of Essaouira on a full-day trip from Marrakech, and discover an atmospheric medina, colorful bazaars, and a center that bustles with open-air cafes and seafood restaurants. Pre-booking a ride to Essaouira is a hassle-free way of making the trip, with all transport by climate-controlled minivan, plus plenty of free time to explore independently. This trip ...

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    Nestled between ancient walls and crashing waves, Essaouira awaits with mysteries and delights begging to be uncovered.

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    The old coastal port of Essaouira is within comfortable day-trip distance of Marrakech, but a DIY visit means negotiating cabs or public buses. With this tour, save the time and hassle of both, and see and hear more about Essaouira's sights than you would alone. Tour the Atlantic-washed city walls, Skala fortress, and old medina, and get time to have lunch (own cost), stroll, and shop as you wish.

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    If you are visiting Essaouira with kids, a worthwhile day trip from Essaouira is the brilliant Oasiria waterpark in Marrakech. Here are a number of slides, a big wave pool, a very long lazy river, a climbing wall that runs alongside a pool, and a whole section devoted to small kids, complete with a pirate ship and more slides.