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Top 7 Things To Do in Essaouira

The medieval architecture of this town is so splendid it was used as a backdrop in the film 'Othello'. This town has much to offer midway down on the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir. Fresh seafood, colorful bazaars, hiking, beaches, and desert adventures await you here!

Medina

A wonderful labyrinth of streets, this 18th mid-century fortified town was built with the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context.

Skala du Port

This active fishing port is pleasurably mesmerizing to watch as the fishing boats dock. You can even see wooden boats being made and the Île de Mogador in the distance.

Photo: Martina Rathgens@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Diabat

A former hippy enclave where The Rolling Stones used to hang out. Visit the ruined palace and Ranch de Diabat for horse and camel rides -- Moador Golf Academy is also nearby.

Hammam Lalla Mira

Heated by solar energy, this is one of the oldest Turkish baths providing a stunning interior and offering blissful massages. It's part of a guesthouse, so booking is essential.

Musee Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah

Anthropology and art unite at this quaint refurbished museum of regional art in a traditional house showcasing weapons, instruments, carpets, and historical photos of Essaouira.

Cooperative Feminine Marjana

Half an hour out of Essaouira, this is an escape from the norm, where the women make argan oil for sale using traditional methods of argan and almond oil extraction. 

Watersports

The strong winds are ideal for kite and windsurfing, and the watersports center by the promenade offers advice for novices and equipment to rent for more experienced enthusiasts.

Planning Your Essaouira Visit

Are solo women travelers safe?

Essaouira is more relaxed and laid back than other Moroccan cities, but of course there's always exceptions, so always take care. Be aware that Moroccan men are not used to seeing bare shoulders and ankles, so that might attract some attention. Remaining pleasant, but assertive is the best way to act.

Is a day trip to Marrakech easy to do?

Yes, and it gives you a chance to see more of the countryside. You can either rent a car, go by bus, or hire a private driver -- which is more expensive. The cheap return bus runs twice per day, although you will be limited with times, and the journey takes 3 hours by bus.

I've heard of goats climbing trees here -- myth or fact?

Indeed they do! It's their special quirk in this area of Morocco. They're skilled climbers that are attracted to the Argan tree, which ripens in June/July each year. Each hoof has two toes which can spread out for balance, while the soft soles of their feet help them to grip the bark. Seeing 20 goats up a tree is a sight to behold! 

Good to Know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Fall tends to be the best time to visit when the winds are calmer, sunshine and heat is not as intense as in the summertime, and the tourist crowds have departed.

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What People Are Saying About Essaouira

Nice trip to a cosy coastal town full of artist and creation

I would recomend this little trip to get to know a coastal town in Morrocco and above all to escape from the hustle and bussle of Marrakech. Nice trip with a very charming driver and a visit to the Cooperative to buy pure Argan oil.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Mònica, 10/08/2016

Great Trip, well organised with enough time to see essaouira.

This was excellently organised we booked late in the evening around 7pm and although we got a confirmation via email we weren't sure if it was really booked. However we decided to ensure that we where ready for 8 at the local taxi pickup point. When we went down stairs and started leaving the riad we found a someone waiting for us. He explained that the transport was on its way and we would be picked up shortly. The service was excellent and I highly recommend this to anyone booking any trips. Adam and Nicola

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Nicola, 09/17/2016

Great adventure into the sacred world of Gnawa music with Said!

I knew very little about the world of gnawa music or its importance in Morocco until I took this tour with Said. He led me to the gnaw shrine and explained to me the sacred rituals that take place there and then he look me to a musicians house where I listened to a famous gnawa musician and his accompaniment. I dressed in the robes they wear and danced to the music. Wonderful experience into this spiritual world of trance and healing! Said made it a very important experience.

Essaouira: Gnawa Music Experience with a Local Reviewed by Randal, 09/12/2016

A great tour with Said, a very knowledgeable and professional guide.

Said took me all over Essaouira. We stopped at the oldest bakery in town and tasted some delicious pastries on the patio surrounded by scores of beautiful paintings. At the bastion on the port, Said took many perfect photos for me. We ate delicious fresh dorade fish by the port and then walked through the Jewish quarter, the jewellery quarter and to many art shops. I bought a magnificent painting and discovered the artistic vibrancy of this incredible port town. Said is a marvellous guide and speaks excellent French and English. I spent a wonderful tour with him and highly recommend him.

Great stables, lovely horses, good guide and lovely scenery.

The horses at the stables are all stallions but were well behaved and my small berber x arab horse was lovely. Well kept stables, choice of hats, good guide and lovely scenery to ride around Essaouira. Would recommend and go again. Staff emailed about my pick up quickly and were very helpful and flexible.

Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Antonia, 03/06/2016

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