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From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

1. From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

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

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From Marrakech: Essaouira & Atlantic Coast Full-Day Trip

2. From Marrakech: Essaouira & Atlantic Coast Full-Day Trip

Experience the bohemian vibe of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast on a full-day tour from Marrakech. Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle across west Morocco, enjoying views of the arid landscape and argan trees en route. Stop at the town of Chochaoua for coffee. Arrive in Essaouira approximately 2 hours after your departure from Marrakech. Get your 1st views of more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) of golden beaches, popular with surfers for the constant, bracing winds. Once in Essaouira you are free to explore the medina and Portuguese architecture on your own. Alternatively, meet your local guide for a 1.5-hour tour of the Skala du Port and bastion southeast of the medina. Stroll the labyrinthine streets of the medina, hearing traditional Gnaoua Muic music on every corner. Watch artisans at work, crafting thuya wood crafts. Continue to the fishing port to see the fishermen selling their catch of the day. Taste fresh seafood over lunch in the port. Then, take a walk along the beach before your transfer back to Marrakech. En route, stop at an argan oil co-operative to see how the Berber ladies process the traditional argan oil, known locally as “liquid gold.”

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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Essaouira

3. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Essaouira

Depart from Marrakech in the early morning and head to Essaouira in a minibus. On the way, take a break in the town of Sidi Moukhtar and then visit one of the women's cooperatives producing argan oils. Once you arrive at Essaouira, spend time exploring. Visit the medina and stroll through the shops that interest you. Climb some of the ramparts to get some of the best views of the city.  Choose your lunch from a wide range of gastronomic options in Essaouira including seafood specialties, French cuisine, Japanese food, and vegetarian options. Enjoy a cup of mint tea in the main square before heading back to Marrakech.

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Discover Ancient Essaouira: Full-Day Trip from Agadir

4. Discover Ancient Essaouira: Full-Day Trip from Agadir

Your day-long adventure begins as you head north from Agadir to the former Portuguese city of Essaouira, passing isolated beaches, the palace of a Saudi prince, and the village of Taghazout along the way. Once known by its Portuguese name of Mogador, the city of Essaouira is a citadel with a prestigious past, occupied by various civilizations since prehistoric times. And famous for its Tyrian factory that once supplied Rome with its legendary purple dye, Essaouira is a cradle for artists of all types. Upon your arrival in the city, embark on a tour of the port and watch as the fishing boats return home. The Bab El Marse port not only has its Sqala canons on display, but it offers amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Medina. Travel to the Media itself—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and go inside to meet celebrated marquetry inlayers and cabinetmakers. Stop in at the Women's Cooperative manufacturer of argan oil, and then enjoy some free time exploring the alleyways of the Medin, strolling along the endless beach, or testing out some fresh fish at a local beachfront restaurant.

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Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

5. Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

This full-day activity is suitable for horse riders of all abilities, from beginner to advanced. Starting from the Ranch de Diabat, your guide will take you on a route that first runs along the river. Stop to see the ruins of the Black Sultan’s palace before riding along a sandy beach. Admire the views of the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. Riders of intermediate or advanced ability will have the option of a longer tour, heading a bit inland. After a picnic lunch at noon, you’ll ride along the sand dunes, past fishermen’s cottages, and to a fresh water spring. The tour continues through a forest and then returns to the ranch. The pace of the tour will be adapted according to your preference and ability.

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Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

6. Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

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

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From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

7. From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

Depart Marrakech in the morning and drive to the coastal resort of Essaouira to explore its rich culture and many art galleries. Admire the well-preserved buildings and get stunning views of the Atlantic coast. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals as soon as you arrive, and get an appreciation for their simple lifestyle. Stroll around the busy harbor and see the fishermen selling fresh fish direct from their traditional blue boats. Go to the fortified harbor Scala to take amazing photos of the monumental Bab al Mersa ("Door of the Port"). Then, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old seaside Medina. Wander the colorful souks and maze of alleys. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant, and then go to the old Jewish district to see the synagogues. Marvel at the cannons on the city ramparts before heading back to Marrakech at around 4:30 PM.

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From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip with Optional Camel Ride

8. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip with Optional Camel Ride

Discover the relaxed, bohemian seaside resort of Essaouira on a full-day guided tour from Marrakech. Following pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, cross Morocco in an air-conditioned vehicle to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. On the way, take in views of the arid landscape, stop to take pictures of goats climbing argan trees, and visit an argan oil cooperative to learn how this healthy oil is produced. Upon arrival at Essaouira, follow your English-speaking guide and explore Essaouira’s most important monuments, such as the old fish market and seaport. Watch silver craftsmen and wood carvers at work in the old medina where the labyrinth of streets is lined with heavy wooden doors and whitewashed houses. See the 16th-century ramparts of Essaouria from where you'll be able to see astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean. After the guided tour of the city, have lunch in one of the local restaurants serving delicious fish and seafood. Before heading back to Marrakech, enjoy a camel ride with a panoramic city view.

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From Marrakech: Essaouira Private Full-Day Trip

9. From Marrakech: Essaouira Private Full-Day Trip

Take a full-day private trip to Essaouira, one of Morocco’s most attractive coastal towns. Admire its undeniable charm, with whitewashed and blue shuttered houses, art galleries, wood workshops, fishermen and colorful boats, all enclosed by ancient red walls. Your private tour starts with pickup at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Depart Marrakech, driving through lush valleys filled with orange groves, ancient olive trees, and working farms. Stop at Chichaoua for a coffee or snack at Cafe Afoulki. Continue past your first Argan trees. These special trees are valued for their nutritive, cosmetic, and medicinal properties. A relic species from the Tertiary Period, it is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of southwestern Morocco and, while now endangered, under the protection of UNESCO. Arrive in Essaouira and wander the ancient streets, where it’s easy to imagine life before you. The streets have a Portuguese feel after they renamed the city in the 16th century and used it as a port city of their own. Dine on fish straight from the sea at any number of local restaurants, and ride a camel on the beach. After some free time to explore on your own, return to Marrakech for drop-off at your hotel or riad.

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Overnight Surf Trip to Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki

10. Overnight Surf Trip to Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki

Departure is from Marrakesh at 08:00 to Essaouira. On the way you will stop at the small female co-op to see the production of Argan oil. On arrival to Essaouira you will hit the surf for your first 2-hour surf lesson. After that you will have a lunch break followed by a sightseeing tour of the Scala and old town with its Thuya wood workshops. After your busy day you will stay overnight and relax in a Riad. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will head to Sidi Kaouki for the second lesson, another beautiful town just south of Essouria. Enjoy your lunch in a cozy restaurant with a panoramic view of the beach, and then head back to Marrakesh through Essaouira for a spot of shopping or a cafe break along the way. Departure to Marrakesh is at around 17:00.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,544 reviews

The bus came at exactly the time they said they would come to my surprise. The local guide at Essaouira was very knowledgeable and personable. Also, he told everyone in the group that they could leave the tour in the middle of it or at any time they felt like if they wanted more free time on their own. This made the tour more flexible and enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour agency.

Great service. The driver came on time in the morning. We stopped on the way on interesting spots. Then a guide was waiting for us in Essaouira and gave us a nice tour around. This was included in the price. Afterwards we had some free time to explore on our own which was great. I can totaly recommend the tour!

Said was an excellent driver and guide in one person. We got from him a lot of info about the region. Also our guide in Essaouira gives us many interesting informations about the history of the city. The tour was great with nice guides.

A recommendable trip to Essaouira, everything went well

that was good trip, the guide is very nice man. thanks