Day trip

Essaouira: Day Trip from Marrakech

Essaouira: Day Trip from Marrakech

From US$ 30.15 per person

Explore Essaouira, a small fortified city on the edge of the Atlantic coast. Located 180 kilometers west of Marrakech. Make a day journey to this medieval city known for its ocean breezes, cool air, and annual festival of Gnaoua music.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
French, English
Pickup included
• Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the activity starts • Pick up from your Marrakech hotel/ Riad or the closest accessible location to your Riad if it's not car-accessible • Please provide your hotel name and address • Please provide a number which can be reached via WhatsApp

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the old Medina and its small blue alleys
  • Visit Skala Kasbah, which was a citadel in the times of war
  • Visit the old Jewish quarter
  • Watch the goats climbing the Argan trees
  • Visit the Argan Factory and discover the benefits of Argan oil
Full description

Experience a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech jam-packed with sights, including the funky, cold Medina, the old harbor and its Portuguese fortifications, and military outposts. Shop a bit, enjoy views of the Atlantic, and even learn about the local cosmetic oil industry.

Begin with an early drive along the Haouz plains to Chichaoua village. Stop for a cup of coffee before you continue to Sidi Mokhtar. Pass the lush Argan forest. Spot goats climbing the trees. Stop for a photo opp before visiting a local ladies’ cooperative. Learn how cosmetics are made from rich Argan oil, or "liquid gold".

Carry on to Essaouira and explore the city at your leisure. Hire a guide via the driver if need be, but the city is navigable alone. Explore the grid-like streets, the harbor with its fishing port, and old Portuguese fortifications. Admire medieval war cannons overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Explore the Medina, or old city, including La Scala, built to protect against foreign naval attacks. Continue to Bab Laalouj, one of the main gates of Essaouira, then to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. Grab some gifts with some retail therapy in the various art shops, galleries, souvenir shops, and wood craft shops.

Choose one of the local cafes for a seafood lunch and head to the Kasbah, famous for having served as a military bastion. Enjoy a walk along the sandy beach of Mogador, and watch locals playing beach ball. Join a game with friendly locals if you desire. Sunbathe while watching kite surfing or windsurfing, before returning to Marrakech in late afternoon.

Includes
  • Pick-up
  • A/C modern minibus (no more than 17 passengers)
  • English/French speaking driver
  • Drop-off at your hotel or Marrakech city center.
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Lunch & soft drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the program
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • You must present physical or digital proof that you've been fully vaccinated with a FDA or WHO-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days before the performance date. Children under 12 years old and people with medical conditions or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination must provide either a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the performance starts or a negative Covid-19 antigen test taken no more than 6 hours before the performance starts
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts. All participants between 6-11 years old must present either proof of full vaccination proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • *Essaouira might be windy an cold, even when Marrakech is extremely hot
  • *Please kindly note this is not a guided tour. However, you will have an English /French speaking driver
  • *Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, Sun hat, Sunglasses and a camera
  • *People looking after goats climbing Argan trees expect a tip from you when taking photos
  • *drop off from/at any accommodation in town or a closest meeting
  • point that is accessible by vehicle
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