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Discover Ancient Essaouira: Full-Day Trip from Agadir

1. 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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From Casablanca: Day Trip to Essaouira

2. From Casablanca: Day Trip to Essaouira

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Casablanca and visit the pearl of the Atlantic, the port city of Essaouira, known for its sun, beaches, and enchanting medina. After being picked up at 7 AM from your hotel or riad in Casablanca, head towards Essaouira via the scenic Safi coastal route. Drive for about 4.5 hours and feel free to request a stop at any time to rest a little, drink something, or see a place that is not included in the itinerary. Arrive in Essaouira, and begin exploring this stunning example of Moroccan heritage. Wander through the historic streets and walk along the beaches.  The Mogador Island, just a few meters off the coast, lies in clearest of waters and its moderate waves and the surroundings make it one of the most popular beaches in the area. Discover the real essence of the city at your own pace with approximately 8 hours to spend as you wish. At the end of your day, return to Casablanca where you will be dropped off back at your hotel or riad. 

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Essaouira: Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour

3. Essaouira: Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour

Take a half-day tour to explore the old town of Essaouira, meaning "little picture" in Arabic. After pickup from your hotel, head to the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina. Admire the blend of European and Moroccan architecture as you discover the narrow side streets and colorful stalls in the busy medina. Pass stalls loaded with fresh produce, spices, dried fruits and nuts, clothing, souvenirs, and more.   Watch skilled craftsmen at work, and browse the range of local handicrafts including brassware, textiles, leather, wood and ceramics. See the jewelry stalls offering superb silver ornaments, and ask your guide about made-to-order items. Admire the fortifications of the old town, visit the Jewish cemetery, and much more. Discover the culture and history of Essaouira with your professional guide.

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Marrakech to Essaouira: Historical Tour

4. Marrakech to Essaouira: Historical Tour

Explore Essaouira, a small town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco known for its relaxed atmosphere and artisan community. See the French influence in the city in the grid-like layout of the city. Walk along the seaside ramparts admiring the cannons, or wander through the fishing port and enjoy the daily catch of sardines or other local seafood for lunch. Visit the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed city, renowned for its cabinet-making and wood-carving. Artisans here use the roots of the Tetraclinis tree, local to this area. For a more active day you can take a quad or dromedary tour, and if you enjoy being on the water, Essaouira, with its strong winds, is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

Overall rating

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based on 24 reviews

Excellent Day in Essaouira

This was a magical day trip from Agadir. The tour guide, whose name escapes me and for which I am so sorry it does, made the day one of the best of my entire trip. He was incredibly personable and professional. He shared his knowledge throughout the drive and being that I was able to sit up front with him, explained much about the history and daily life in Morocco and was more than happy to answer all my questions. Essaouira was beautiful and our guide was a lovely older man who was happy to show us around. We had lunch at a touristy restaurant but the food, chicken tagine, was amazing. Stopped at an argan oil coop which was very informative and to see the goats in the trees which was incredible. Also had two bathroom breaks, one going and one coming. Excellent tour and highly recommend!

Travel arrangements very poor . A mini bus is not the best form of transport to travel from Agadir - As two mini buses had been provided and 5 people could not get on, because there were not enough seats, a proper coach should have been provided

Zain was a brilliant guide and took us to some wonderful spots and gave us good advice with regard to shopping! We would highly recommend this tour . We went on the morning one which meant the town was much less crowded. Lovely man !

Highly recommended trip , everything was as advertised , very nice and informative tour guide , very comfortable mini bus , Discover Ancient Essaouira Full Day Trip from Agadir was as expected .

Recommended.

It was a great day with a very informative guide. We enjoyed it a lot.