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From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

1. 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.

Essaouira: Private City Tour

2. Essaouira: Private City Tour

Visit the city of Essaouira and start off by the small fishing port of the city where you can marvel at this historical place.  See an old watchtower and get an impressive panoramic view of Essaouira. Stop at the main square to taste a real Moroccan tea before continuing to visit the most important monument of the city, the scala of the medina. Admire the location where several films have been shot such as the famous film of Orson Welles Othello, or the Game of Thrones TV show. Continue the visit in the old medina, the kasbah, the mellah, the old Jewish quarter. See the synagogues, the souks of the medina, and the fish market which is full of people who buy, grill, and eat the day's catch.

From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

3. 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.

Essaouira: Guided Quad Bike Tour and Camel Ride

4. Essaouira: Guided Quad Bike Tour and Camel Ride

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.

From Marrakech: Essaouira 1-Day Group Tour

5. From Marrakech: Essaouira 1-Day Group Tour

Depart Marrakech 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 4:30 PM.

Guided Surfing Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech

6. 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 Marrakech: 2-Day Game of Thrones Tour of Essaouira

7. From Marrakech: 2-Day Game of Thrones Tour of Essaouira

Experience the city that has inspired artists and television producers across the decades. Immerse yourself in the singular atmosphere of Essaouira on this two-day guided tour. Peruse the winding sandstone towers, made famous by the show Game of Thrones, and look out over the aqua blue Essaouira sea. Named Astapor in the show, this is the site where Khaleesi first utters the word “Dracarys.” There is, of course, lots to see for those who haven’t seen the show, as Essaouira offers a calm, high-walled city on the Atlantic coast with a wondrous medina and artistic atmosphere. See the ruins that inspired Jimi Hendrix to write his famous song “Castles Made of Sand,” before heading for dinner in a local restaurant and settling down for the night. Before you leave the next day, enjoy free time to explore the city.

Essaouira: Surf Trip from Marrakech

8. Essaouira: Surf Trip from Marrakech

Depart from Marrakech at 9:00 AM from your accommodation 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 and begin the 2 hour surf lesson. After a lunch break you can explore the city with your guide and check out the fishing port of Scala, and its old town with its thuya wood workshops. Depart Essouira around 4:00 PM and enjoy the beauty of the drive back to Marrakech.

From Agadir: Essaouira Private Full Day Trip With Lunch

9. 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.

Overnight Surf Trip to Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki

10. Overnight Surf Trip to Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki

Departure is from Marrakesh at 08:00 to Essaouira. On the way you will stop at the small female co-op to see the production of Argan oil. On arrival to Essaouira you will hit the surf for your first 2-hour surf lesson. After that you will have a lunch break followed by a sightseeing tour of the Scala and old town with its Thuya wood workshops. After your busy day you will stay overnight and relax in a Riad. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will head to Sidi Kaouki for the second lesson, another beautiful town just south of Essouria. Enjoy your lunch in a cozy restaurant with a panoramic view of the beach, and then head back to Marrakesh through Essaouira for a spot of shopping or a cafe break along the way. Departure to Marrakesh is at around 17:00.

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What people are saying about Essaouira Citadel

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4.1 / 5

based on 451 reviews

Younnes was punctual and extremely kind. We were a mother and her 2 daughters. He took us to the port, to the fish market, to the vegetable market, showed us the nice places to have a meal or breakfast... we were able to visit a marquetry workshop very nice. Younès also gave us lots of historical and cultural information A great guide to discover the medina at the start of our stay We recommend younnes with your eyes closed

Our guide picked us up punctually at the agreed meeting point. It was Soukayna, the only woman in Marrakech who drives such tours. She found just the right balance between being present and allowing private space. The background music made the trip unforgettable.

Hassan our guide was able to captivate us for 2h30. Demanding group though! Superb visit. I highly recommend.

We had a great time … ideal for discovering Essaouira!

Excellent, enjoyable and informatice tour of the city