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From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

1. From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

Discover Essaouira on this day trip with a local guide. Explore the port city's breathtaking sights and streets, and see local markets and jewelers. Depart Marrakech in the morning and head to 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. Take pictures of its ocher-colored walls, the beautiful and vibrant Moulay El Hassan square, the markets also known as souks, as well as the little streets of the city's old Medina. Then, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish in a local restaurant. During your trip, you'll also visit an association of Berber women producing argan oil, see the local markets, and wow at the gems in the jeweler's quarter.

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 Chichaoua 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 cooperative to see how the Berber ladies process the traditional argan oil, known locally as “liquid gold.”

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

3. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

Explore the charming coastal city of Essaouira on a guided day tour from Marrakesh. Enjoy some free time to explore, where you can see the bustling port of Essaouira, stroll through the lively medina of the city, and wander through the vibrant markets. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Marrakesh. Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned car to Essaouira. Make a stop at the "goat tree" and admire this peculiar Argan tree with goats perched in it. Arrive in Essaouira and make your way through the straight streets. Enjoy free time to visit the historic ports and bustling seafood markets. Feel free to ask your driver for suggestions on the perfect place for lunch. Visit a co-operative of Berber women who produce Argan oil, and learn about this popular local product. See the old bronze cannons facing the Atlantic Ocean and wander through the colorful markets and cedar woodworking shops.  After your day in Essaouira, enjoy a seamless transfer back to Marrakesh in the evening.

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Guided Day Trip

4. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Guided Day Trip

Discover the Atlantic city of Essaouira on a full-day guided tour from Marrakech. Following pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech and along the way, 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 guide and explore Essaouira’s most important monuments, such as the old fish market and seaport, 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, you will have free time for lunch at a place of your choice as well as time to relax on the beach.

Essaouira: Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class

5. 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.

Essaouira: 2-Hour Camel Ride

6. Essaouira: 2-Hour Camel Ride

Ride a camel across Essaouira’s beaches, dunes and forests on a 2-hour guided ride. Take in the rhythmic sway of the camel’s gait from a traditional saddle, and absorb stunning views of the Atlantic coast. Scramble up the sides of steep sandy dunes, explore shady forests and get a camel’s-eye view of Essaouira’s tranquil countryside. You will be picked up from your hotel and head to the beaches of Essaouira. This 2-hour camel ride allows you to gain insight into the Moroccan way of life through contact with Moroccans, and experience the unspoilt beauty and nature of the country. This strange animal will rapidly charm you with his intelligence and softness! Once the activity is finished, the driver guide will take you back to your city center hotel.

From Marrakech: Essaouira 1-Day Group Tour

7. From Marrakech: Essaouira 1-Day Group Tour

Depart Marrakesh 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 3:30 PM.

From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

8. From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

Take a 10-hour trip to Essaouira from Marrakech and spend time in the laid-back fishing town. On route, stop to visit an Argan Women’s Co-operative to see the women at work extracting oil from argan nuts, and then continue your journey westward. Essaouira is fortunate to have an excellent climate, with cooling sea breezes in the summer (also good for water sports) and warming lowland air in winter. This lovely climate, together with its beautiful Portuguese architecture, has always attracted artists and poets, but it continues to be a traditional fishing port at its heart to this day. Essaouira is the perfect destination for a day trip away from the hectic activity of Marrakech, with a vast array of things to do and try including: shopping in the souks for leatherwork, metalwork, glazed pottery, jewelry, brightly colored carpets, original art, olives, spices, rare argan oil and more. Visit the port and watch fishermen landing their catch, or learn how boats are crafted using centuries-old techniques, then eat fresh grilled fish or shellfish at one of the seafood stalls, visit Place Joutiya between 16.00 and 17.00 to watch locals auctioning everything from teapots to trousers, walk 2 miles along the beach at low tide to see the romantic fort of Borj El Barod crumbling into the sea, or the ruined sultan's palace at Diabet, take a boat to the Iles de Mogador, breeding ground for the rare Eleanora’s falcon, try some watersports (surfing/kitesurfing/windsurfing/bodyboarding/kayaking), or just sit at a beachside café. Relax and watch the world go by with coffee or mint tea, and maybe a Moroccan pastry, in one of the cafés on Place Moulay Hassan.

Guided Surfing Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech

9. Guided Surfing Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech

Depart from your Marrakesh accommodations at 8:00 am and enjoy the sights on the way to Essaouira. Your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will provide opportunities for beautiful photo stops along the way. Visit one of the local female co-operatives to see the production of the famous Moroccan Argan oil. On arrival to Essaouira, your guide will choose the best surf spot for your ability. After a lunch break, you get to explore the city with your guide and check out the fishing port, Scala and the old town with its Thuya wood workshops.  Depart Essaouira at approximately 4:00 pm and enjoy the beauty of the drive back to Marrakesh.

From Agadir: Essaouira Private Full Day Trip With Lunch

10. From Agadir: Essaouira Private Full Day Trip With Lunch

Essaouira the Portuguese city or the Mogador town is one of the imperial cities in the kingdom of Morocco. The city was built by the Portuguese in 1506 and named Castelo Real de Mogador. Essaouira has so many monuments and historical sites to visit such as the City walls, and the Dutch cannon made by Adrianus Crans in The Hague in 1744 installed in Essaouira. The Genoese-built citadel by the harbor, The ramparts from the Medina, And the harbor scala. Begin your journey to Essaouira starting from agadir at 8:00 AM from your hotel or residence. After pickup, we will start driving north agadir by the coast of the Atlantic ocean. After 40 mins drive we will stop for a panoramic view of the tamri beach, then continue to Essaouira. On the way, you will notice goats on trees that we call the flying goats, one of the unique scenes that you only see in Essaouira. The last stop before arriving in Essaouira will be at the Argan Cooperative. Once arrived, you will have time to visit the historical sites, the Medina, the souk market, and the old harbor. Then enjoy a nice meal in Essaouira before starting our way back to agadir Around 3 PM. The arrival to Agadir is estimated around 7 PM.

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,848 reviews

Mohammad was a very knowledgeable, patient and accommodating driver/guide. He was also a safe driver and followed speed limits. We indicated our interests and plans and he went out of his way to accommodate our requests. He was a fountain of information on the trip.

Kind and helpful driver plus someone else to assist. Great communication around pick up time and location. Allowed us about four hours in Essaouiara and we saw what was included in the description of the trip too.

Just thought it was a trip but we had a few intersting stops on the way, including goats on trees & making soap etc. Very interesting & helpfull guide

Super place to visit in low season. Plenty of good places to eat. Really friendly.

Excellent team work, ambiance, kindness, and all the senses are invited