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From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

1. From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

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

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Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

2. 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

3. 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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Essaouira: 3-Hour Horseback Ride

4. Essaouira: 3-Hour Horseback Ride

Begin your ride at the ranch where you will head out from by horseback to explore the surrounding region. As you set off in the direction of the river, continue on to visit the ruins of the old Palace of the Black Sultan. Afterward, trot along the sandy beach and take in the views of the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. Pass by fishermen's huts and a watering hole for cows as you get to know the landscape.  On the way back to the ranch cross through the lush forest before concluding your ride. The speed of your ride is adapted according to your equestrian skills.

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3-Hours Dromedary Ride Essaouira, Morocco

5. 3-Hours Dromedary Ride Essaouira, Morocco

Take a moment to relax and explore nature with this dromedary tour experience. The dromedary rides are ideal for groups or families with small children. During this tour, discover the surroundings of the Ranch de Diabat in peace. Just a few minutes from Essaouira, the ride begins at the Ranch de Diabat. Continue on to the dunes, where the former home of the Black Sultan is hidden. You can roam the long beaches, overlooking the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. You will climb the dunes and pass by fishermen's cottages near a fresh water spring, where the animals can refresh. The route back to the Ranch de Diabat takes you along a small path through the heart of the forest. The dromedary is a quiet and friendly animal that will allow you to enjoy this tour with family or friends.

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Quad Biking: 1-Hour Near Essaouira

6. Quad Biking: 1-Hour Near Essaouira

Recommended for anyone seeking adventure and excitement, an excursion on a quad around Essaouira will allow you to explore the surroundings of Ranch de Diabat, where you can ride happily along the beach and lovely dunes. The 1-hour quad excursion starts from the ranch towards the beach and the small dunes, and arrives at a water source, where the animals come to drink. On the way back, you'll follow a winding track through the forest with mimosas and eucalyptus. Whether you come alone, as a pair or in a group, Ranch de Diabat offers you a terrific quad excursion in the heart of the wild and unspoilt landscape around Essaouira.

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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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From Essaouira: 3-Hour Quad Biking Tour

8. From Essaouira: 3-Hour Quad Biking Tour

This 3-hour quad bike excursion nearby Essaouira will be adapted to your experience level. For beginners, you will drive up and down on the dunes before arriving at the natural caves not far from the beach. For more experienced drivers, you will have the possibility of extending the tour towards the beach of Taguenza. This quad biking excursion will take you along small passages winding through a forest of eucalyptus and mimosa in the heart of wonderful landscapes. All drives are performed with high quality equipment for optimal security. You will also have a guide with you throughout the tour. 

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Essaouira: Full-Day Quad Biking Adventure with Lunch

9. 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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Essaouira: Full-Day Quad Excursion

10. Essaouira: Full-Day Quad Excursion

Commence your day of outdoor adventure by meeting your fun and professional guide at Bab El Mechouar. After a short meet and greet you will set off on your way to your quad experience destination.  On your full-day quad biking adventure, you will get to explore many of the various different landscapes this part of the world has to offer. Drive across beaches, dunes, freshwater springs, the big dunes of Cap Sim, the waterfalls of Sidi Mbarek and experience a day of fun in the company of friends and family.  This quad biking experience can be adapted to people of all skill levels. For beginners, you will soar up and down dunes before arriving at a cave not far from the beach. For experienced riders, you have the possibility to reach beyond the beach toward Taguenza.  The return ride will take you to explore terrain you hadn't experienced on the first trip. Your return route will take you along small passages whilst winding through the forests of Eucalyptus and Mimosa. Return to your original starting location and say farewell to your new found friends!

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What people are saying about Essaouira

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

Great experience for this horseback ride. The ranch is very beautiful and the horses very well maintained. The proposed route is magnificent and the guide was great (do not hesitate to communicate our expectations to the guide). We therefore recommend this center without any problem.

Mr. Moustafa welcomed us very well, he has a crazy talent. He takes care of his camels with love. They understand it at a sign or a glance. 1h wonderful with extraordinary views. He also took photos like that of a postcard.

Staff was super friendly like u are a family to them thank you guys and definitely am coming again

Nice ride! Very very beautiful photos! To do absolutely: 0))