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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.

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.

Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

3. 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: Essaouira & Atlantic Coast Full-Day Trip

4. 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. 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. Alternatively, meet your local guide for a 1.5-hour tour of 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.”

Essaouria: Beach & Big Dunes 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

5. Essaouria: Beach & Big Dunes 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

Enjoy an exciting two-hour quad bike tour, with incredible views of Essaouira. To ensure you can safely enjoy the vast beaches of Essaouira and the big dunes of Capsim you will need to go through a safety briefing and be instructed on how to drive a quad bike.  You will get geared up with clean, professional equipment and take a test ride on your quad before you head out on your adventure. After a few minutes on the road, cross the Oued Ksob and the ruins of the Sultan's Palace that lead you to the amazing beach After visiting the beach, navigate the magnificent dune fields, driving on the curvy sandy dunes. Enjoy the amazing views of the desert and have fun on your quad bike. Revive your energy with water and a snack. You will be able to take as many breaks as you want to enjoy the scenery while on your tour. 

Essaouira: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

6. 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.

From Agadir: Essaouira Guided Day Trip with Argan Oil Visit

7. From Agadir: Essaouira Guided Day Trip with Argan Oil Visit

Explore the coastal town of Essaouira, visit the colorful port and decorative medina, spot goats clambering up argan trees, and stroll along the sandy beach and rock pools on a scenic day trip. Be picked up from your hotel in Agadir bright and early. Begin your trip along the picturesque R207 coastal route. Make a stop to see the argan trees where small goats climb up the lower branches and feed. Spot sometimes over 20 goats sitting up in one tree. Snap some photos of this fascinating sight. Arrive in the port where you’ll see the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. Head into the vibrant old town (medina), a stunning world heritage site. View the majestic, old brass cannons that line the walls, and ramparts to protect the seafront from ancient invasions. Stop off at a women’s cooperative where argan oil is produced. Learn how oil is extracted from the kernels of argan trees. See how it is used in cuisine as an accompaniment to Moroccan bread and in beauty products for the skin and hair. Finally, enjoy the spectacular sunset as you return to Agadir.

Discover Ancient Essaouira: Full-Day Trip from Agadir

8. 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.

From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

9. 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.

From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

10. From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

Do something different during your time in Essaouira and spend an hour exploring the beautiful countryside on horse back. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, if located outside the medina, and then make your way to the Ranch de Diabat, approximately 3 kilometers south of the city center. Benefit from a horse ride that can be adapted to your equestrian skills and ride at a gentle pace if your are a beginner, or gallop on the endless beaches if your are more advanced. First, head towards the river with your faithful companion and discover the ruins of the old palace of the sultan Mohammed III, who revived the fortunes of the city when he invited Jews and the English to trade there. Continue along the sandy beach and get stunning views of the Portuguese castle on Mogador island in the Atlantic Ocean. Return to the ranch through the forest for the end of the services.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,501 reviews

We visited Essaouira on the 2nd of September 2022. We were picked up in the morning at our Riad, the drive was smooth and we stopped on the way to see adorable goats who climb trees in order to eat argan nuts. We spent 4 hours in Essaouira - an hour with a local guide and the rest was spent freely exploring the city. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and the restaurant he recommended had an excellent view of the ocean and the fortress walls (and the food was tasty as well - we tried the fish Tajine and the Sahara pizza). The city is beautiful, vibrant and definitely worth the trip. If you decide to go on this tour (which we wholeheartedly recommend!), remember that the temperatures are much lower than in Marrakesh and it is very windy (pants are a safer option than dresses).

Una piacevole giornata fuori Marrakesh, per cedere capre sugli alberi, produzione di olio di argan e Essaouria. Piacevole passeggiare nel porto con le tipiche barche da pesca. Consiglio anche di inoltrarvi al mercato del pesce (entro l’ora di pranzo), per proseguire nel centro della città

It was very beautiful, nice trip and views and especially Mohamed always helpful and open to answer all the questions and curiosity of the culture. ESSAOUIRA is definitely one of the best place in Morocco, amazing! Thanks

Great agency! They explain before the trip what we can expect. We had 3 stops; 1. breakfast,2.goat Tree, 3. Agram oil and then the 4.5hours to spend at essaouria which was enough! Great day trip! Recommend!

our guide Youness was absolutely brilliant. Really helpful and friendly. Definitely worth a visit!!