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Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

1. 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 Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

2. Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

Enjoy the golden sand dunes of Essaouira by thrilling quad bike transit. After a brief safety information session, and after having adorned yourself in protective gear, you will have a tour test to get used to your quad bike and the safety rules. Once this is completed, your 3 hour quad bike tour will begin. Your tour will begin by crossing Oued Ksob to the ruins of the Sultan's Palace that accompany you to the wild beach of Diabat. Following this you will navigate through the magnificent dune fields, driving on both sandy and rocky paths to overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

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

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

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

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Essaouira: Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class

4. Essaouira: Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class

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

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Essaouira: Guided Quad Biking Adventure

5. Essaouira: Guided Quad Biking Adventure

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

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From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Excursion

6. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Excursion

Start with early morning pickup from Marrakesh and begin the 175-kilometer journey to Essaouria.  Make a stop on the way for a cup of tea, and pass by many traditional local villages. See a region that is famous for the production of argan oil. Note the many argan trees throughout the journey, and enjoy a short stop to take some photos.  Upon reaching Essaouria, explore the city at your own pace. Indulge in a lunch of fresh seafood from a typical local restaurant. Explore the fortifications of the city, wander through the medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or simply relax and watch the surfers on the ocean. After a full day of exploration, meet with your driver and enjoy a comfortable transfer back to Marrakesh.

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From Essaouira: Dromedary Ride and Berber Tent Overnight

7. From Essaouira: Dromedary Ride and Berber Tent Overnight

Discover life in Moroccan caravans and nomad camps on a one-day tour with overnight. Explore the regions surrounding Essaouira and Diabat. Climb aboard a dromedary for a three-hour tour past the Oued River, the sandy beaches opposite the island of Mogador, and the ruins of the Black Sultan's Palace.  Cross the forest filled with thuya, mimosa, and eucalyptus to reach the large Omar dunes and a small fishing village. After a break near a fresh water spring, where free-range cows drink, return to Ranch de Diabat. Travel then by car to the Berber camp, situated about 30 minutes from the ranch within a picturesque landscape. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with traditional mint tea and Moroccan pastries to enjoy under the tent equipped with mattresses and low tables. Settle into the wonderful location right by the sea, among beaches and cliffs, before witnessing the beautiful sunset from the camp. For dinner, the chef will serve an authentic Moroccan meal including a meat, fish, or vegetable tagine, Beldi bread, and seasonal fruit. At bedtime, get comfortable in your tent in the heart of Souirie nature. The next morning, wake for a Moroccan breakfast of bread, cheese, orange juice, coffee, milk, and tea. Drive back to the ranch where you will have the opportunity to take a shower. Conclude the tour with hotel drop-off in Essaouira.

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Full-Day Dromedary Ride in Essaouira

8. Full-Day Dromedary Ride in Essaouira

The dromedary rides are an ideal offer for groups or families with young children. While on the animal, you can explore the area of Ranch de Diabat calmly. Just minutes from Essaouira, the ride starts at the Ranch de Diabat, followed by the dunes, where the Old Palace of  the Black Sultan is hidden. Roam the long beach, with views of the Portuguese castle on the Island of Mogador. Climb the dunes and pass by fishing huts, located near a source of fresh water, where the free animals can refresh during the day. Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch. The way back to the Ranch de Diabat over a small path in the heart of the forest. The dromedary is a quiet animal, friendly to anyone and is going to offer a pleasant time with family or friends.

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From Marrakech: Full Day Essaouira Quad Bike & Food Tour

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

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

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Essaouira: Full-Day Quad Biking Adventure with Lunch

10. Essaouira: Full-Day Quad Biking Adventure with Lunch

Spend a full day on a guided quad bike trip that starts along the beach where you’re likely to be in the company of cows and camels. Cross the dunes near the Phare de Cap Sim and stop to take in stunning views of the sea from the top! Next on your itinerary is a stop for lunch and a little relaxation. Feeling more refreshed and reenergized, you’ll start the second part of this wonderful day of quad biking on a ride through brush and mimosa and eucalyptus plants behind the dunes. Follow a tortuous path that takes you near the beach and the Castle in the Sand, where you can stop to take some photos. At this point it will be time to head back to the ranch for some refreshing mint tea before returning to the city.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

The quad tour in Essaouira was one of our highlights during our trip. The company was very professional, modern and focused on safety and, above all, fun. Each of us has received complete protective equipment (jacket, helmet, bandana, gloves, etc.). Everything was very clean and the staff spoke very good English. Then there was an introduction and a test drive. After everyone felt safe, we were able to choose whether our group would like to ride together or if they wanted to be split according to experience. We decided on two groups, so the group iti could drive the "experienced" faster. We always met again for the breaks. During the whole tour the guides took photos and immediately sent the photos around to everyone. The trip was great fun. The guides adapt to the skills of the participants. It was just a great experience!

This Quad Bike Tour is really the best. The staff is nice, helpful and professional. From the beginning to the end everything was an high level. We got the equipment (jackets, gloves, helmets), short safety training / briefing, and exciting, adventures tour, with a little adrenaline as well. The adventure was also safe, which is very important while traveling with your family (children), but still exciding. We really enjoyed it and hope to do it again sometime.

Great experience! Professional introduction and equipment. The tour is incredibly fun, you drive through the dunes and on the beach and see the abandoned Essaouira away from the hustle and bustle in the city. Super nice team and guide who takes pictures during the tour. I would recommend it to everyone :)

Going on a quad tour was the perfect way to explore the desert landscape and coastline. Our guide only spoke Arabic but made sure we were safe and had a great experience. Can only recommend doing this for 3 hours of breathtaking scenery and adrenaline.

Perfect! Friendly staff, great introduction to the Quadbikes, fantastic route along the beach and through the dunes. Solely the quads themselves were quite old, but still had the power to get the adrenaline pumping.