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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 day trip 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. 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 Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

2. 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

3. 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 (subject to availability). 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. self guided to 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.”

Marrakech: Guided Day Trip to Essaouira with Co-Op Visit

4. Marrakech: Guided Day Trip to Essaouira with Co-Op Visit

Explore the best places in Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakesh. See the bustling Port of Essaouira, stroll through the lively medina of the city, and learn about a Berber women's again oil association. After pickup, start your day by traveling by van to Essaouira. In Essaouira, make your way through the city's straight streets. Visit the historic ports and bustling seafood markets, then head to a co-operative of Berber women who produce argan oil. Continue the tour to the old bronze cannons facing the Atlantic Ocean. Wander through the colorful markets and cedar woodworking shops with your tour guide leading the way. After your day in Essaouira, take a final transfer to Marrakesh in the evening.

Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Women's Argan Co-Op Visit

5. Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Women's Argan Co-Op Visit

Begin your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech with a walk along the fertile plains of Haouz to the city of Chichaoua, where you'll stop for a coffee break before continuing to Essaouira. On your way, cross a forest of argan trees. Learn how argan is extracted during a visit to a local women’s cooperative. Get an inside look at how natural cosmetics are made locally from the argan seed. Afterward, continue to Essaouira. Arrive in Essaouira and have time to explore the city at your leisure. Then, visit the fishing port. Cross the Medina of Essaouira, with its souks, traditional stalls, art galleries, and woodwork workshops. Explore the art of cedarwood inlay and enjoy the beautiful objects presented by craftsmen through the medina's alleys. Visit the ramparts and gates of Essaouira, the Essaouira Citadel, military buildings, and two main fortifications: the city walls and the Sqala du Port d' Essaouira. In the late afternoon, return to Marrakech with an included transfer.

Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

6. Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

Enjoy the golden sand dunes of Essaouira by thrilling quad bike transit. After a brief safety information session, and after having adorned yourself in protective gear, you will have a tour test to get used to your quad bike and the safety rules. Once this is completed, your 3 hour quad bike tour will begin. Your tour will begin by crossing Oued Ksob to the ruins of the Sultan's Palace that accompany you to the wild beach of Diabat. Following this you will navigate through the magnificent dune fields, driving on both sandy and rocky paths to overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

From Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira by Van

7. From Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira by Van

Your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will start with a scenic drive through the Haouz plains. Upon reaching the village of Chichaoua, midway through your journey, you'll pause for a delightful cup of coffee. As you continue your drive, you'll traverse the argan forest and make a stop at a local women's cooperative to learn about the production of fine cosmetic products made from argan oil. Upon arrival in Essaouira, you'll have the freedom to explore the beautiful city at your own pace. With its welcoming locals and tidy streets, navigating the medina is a breeze. Begin your exploration at the fishing port, where ancient Portuguese fortifications and medieval war cannons overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Wander through the well-maintained fortifications of the 18th-century medina, and delve into the historic Bab Laalouj and Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. Peruse the various art shops, souvenir galleries, and thuya wood craft shops that line the streets. Indulge in a delicious seafood lunch at one of the local cafes before visiting the kasbah, renowned for its role as a military stronghold. If you're a beach enthusiast, take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shores and even enjoy a friendly game with the locals, known for their warmth and hospitality. As the afternoon draws to a close, you'll bid farewell to Essaouira and embark on your return journey to Marrakech. Your day trip concludes with a drop-off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad. Enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off from all hotels in Marrakech or the nearest accessible point to the Riad in the old city.

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip

8. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip

Essaouira day trip from Marrakech offers a delightful escape to the coastal city known for its vibrant culture, captivating history, and picturesque scenery. Departing from Marrakech in the morning, you'll embark on a scenic drive through the Moroccan countryside towards the Atlantic coast. Upon arrival in Essaouira, you'll be greeted by the city's charming blue and white medina walls, which create a striking contrast against the azure sea. As you step into the narrow winding streets of the medina, you'll find yourself immersed in a lively atmosphere filled with colorful shops, bustling markets, and the aroma of freshly cooked seafood. Stroll along the ancient ramparts that encircle the city, offering panoramic views of the ocean and the picturesque harbor filled with traditional blue fishing boats. The refreshing sea breeze and the sound of seagulls overhead create a serene ambiance as you explore the charming streets lined with art galleries, handicraft shops, and quaint cafés. The beach in Essaouira is a popular spot for relaxation and water activities. Feel the sand between your toes as you take a leisurely walk along the shoreline or enjoy a refreshing dip in the Atlantic waters. You may even have the opportunity to witness local fishermen skillfully maneuvering their boats or practicing the age-old art of net fishing. Seafood lovers will delight in the abundance of fresh seafood available in Essaouira. Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, where you can indulge in the city's famous grilled fish and other local specialties. Afterward, take your time to continue exploring the city's cultural landmarks, such as the Skala de la Ville, a fortification offering stunning views of the coast, or the lively Place Moulay Hassan, where you can soak in the lively atmosphere and observe the local way of life. As the day comes to a close, you'll embark on the return journey to Marrakech, carrying with you memories of Essaouira's charm, coastal beauty, and vibrant cultural scene.

Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Transfers and Co-op Visit

9. Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Transfers and Co-op Visit

Meet outside the Argana Cafe in the morning or enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Embark on a 3-hour journey to the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira. Stop for a rest at a café where you can grab a bite to eat and stretch your legs. On your second stop, take photos of the goats climbing the argan trees, followed by a brief visit to a women’s cooperative, and discover how a range of cosmetic products are produced locally. Arrive at Essouria, and explore the beautiful city, its many boutiques, and its idyllic beach at your own pace with free time. Finally, depart Essaouira with a convenient return transfer and arrive in Marrakech in the late evening.

Essaouira: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

10. Essaouira: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

Your surfing adventure starts at the local tour operator’s water sports store. Meet your guide for the day and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment you’ll need. Then head onto the beach where the real fun begins! If you’re a beginner, your guide will first help you focus on how to balance and pop up from your board to your feet. Learn about understanding the waves and how to catch the right wave at the optimum moment for a good surf. Then it’s time to work on your posture and stance to extend your ride on the board. If you’ve already got some surf experience, the lesson will be tailored to your level. Explain to your instructor the level of surf experience you have and then focus on your objectives for the session to perfect your skills.

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4.4
(4,696 reviews)

Following a lot of positive feedback we decided to visit the city of Essaouira! We did not regret it despite the inclement weather. It is a very beautiful port city which is worth getting lost in. Our guide Walid was very attentive and gave us explanations about this city. We were free once we arrived there. But if necessary, we could contact him easily. A little nod to Bouja, our driver because we appreciated his driving due to the safety behind the wheel but also his kindness. Well done to both of you because you helped us have a great day despite the rain. A little practical information if you are ever looking for an address to eat well, don't hesitate to go to Khmissa.👌 We recommend this excursion to visit the city of Essaouira.

It was a beautiful day at the sea. Of course, we visited the Argen Oil Cooperative for sales, but you don't have to buy anything and just enjoy the break during the trip. Our driver Rahaoui and the tour guide Walid were very friendly and answered all our questions. Thank you

Abdul was an excellent instructor. We had a beautiful ride on the dunes around sunset and even in the end when there was a problem with the payment, he was very generous. Thanks for the good time!

Momo is an amazing instructor. 10/10 recommend for a fun surfing experience. He also took tons of photos as a memory.

it is exactly as described and I had a lot of fun with the guide and driver during the trip