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From Marrakesh: Essaouira Guided Day Trip

1. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Guided Day Trip

Discover the Atlantic city of Essaouira on a full-day guided tour from Marrakech. Following pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech and along the way, stop to take pictures of goats climbing argan trees and visit an argan oil cooperative to learn how this healthy oil is produced. Upon arrival at Essaouira, follow your guide and explore Essaouira’s most important monuments, such as the old fish market and seaport, the old medina where the labyrinth of streets is lined with heavy wooden doors and whitewashed houses. See the 16th-century ramparts of Essaouria from where you'll be able to see astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean. After the guided tour of the city, you will have free time for lunch at a place of your choice as well as time to relax on the beach.

From Agadir or Taghazout: Essaouira Day Trip with Transfer

2. From Agadir or Taghazout: Essaouira Day Trip with Transfer

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.

Agadir To Essaouira Day Trip

3. Agadir To Essaouira Day Trip

Visit the ancient Moroccan city of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former Portuguese colonial town which bears the traces of its long and varied history. Your trip will start with an early pickup from your hotel and a drive from Agadir to Essaouira. On the way to Essaouira, make a few stops to see the flying goats (tree goats that can be seen hopping from branch to branch of the argan trees native to the region), rest in a Berber village and have a hot cup of mint tea or coffee, and visit an argan oil factory, a sought-after luxury product. Once you arrive in Essaouira, follow your local guide to the traditional souk market where a variety of wares, crafts, and foods are sold, offering a tantalizing array of sights and smells. After your Moroccan market experience, tour the famous Skala de la Kasbah ramparts, a relic of European engineering from the city's colonial days. From there, proceed to the bustling port of Essaouira before enjoying free time for lunch, shopping, and further exploration. Wander the Medina (fortified city) and admire a colorful landscape populated by mosques, terraces, cafes, and markets as well as historic architecture that reflects the city's unique history. After exploring the city and its beautiful sunny beaches, catch your ride back to Agadir.

From Casablanca: Day Trip to Essaouira

4. From Casablanca: Day Trip to Essaouira

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Casablanca and visit the pearl of the Atlantic, the port city of Essaouira, known for its sun, beaches, and enchanting medina. After being picked up at 7 AM from your hotel or riad in Casablanca, head towards Essaouira via the scenic Safi coastal route. Drive for about 4.5 hours and feel free to request a stop at any time to rest a little, drink something, or see a place that is not included in the itinerary. Arrive in Essaouira, and begin exploring this stunning example of Moroccan heritage. Wander through the historic streets and walk along the beaches.  The Mogador Island, just a few meters off the coast, lies in clearest of waters and its moderate waves and the surroundings make it one of the most popular beaches in the area. Discover the real essence of the city at your own pace with approximately 8 hours to spend as you wish. At the end of your day, return to Casablanca where you will be dropped off back at your hotel or riad. 

Marrakech to Essaouira: Private History Tour

5. Marrakech to Essaouira: Private History Tour

Explore Essaouira, a small town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco known for its relaxed atmosphere and artisan community. See the French influence in the city in the grid-like layout of the city. Walk along the seaside ramparts admiring the cannons, or wander through the fishing port and enjoy the daily catch of sardines or other local seafood for lunch. Visit the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed city, renowned for its cabinet-making and wood-carving. Artisans here use the roots of the Tetraclinis tree, local to this area. For a more active day you can take a quad or dromedary tour, and if you enjoy being on the water, Essaouira, with its strong winds, is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Essaouira: Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour

6. Essaouira: Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour

Take a half-day tour to explore the old town of Essaouira, meaning "little picture" in Arabic. After pickup from your hotel, head to the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina. Admire the blend of European and Moroccan architecture as you discover the narrow side streets and colorful stalls in the busy medina. Pass stalls loaded with fresh produce, spices, dried fruits and nuts, clothing, souvenirs, and more.   Watch skilled craftsmen at work, and browse the range of local handicrafts including brassware, textiles, leather, wood and ceramics. See the jewelry stalls offering superb silver ornaments, and ask your guide about made-to-order items. Admire the fortifications of the old town, visit the Jewish cemetery, and much more. Discover the culture and history of Essaouira with your professional guide.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 24 reviews

The tour was really good. It lasted almost twelve hours and I really fly from how much fun we had. The guide was always attentive to the concerns of the walkers. The visit to the souk, under his orchestration, was truly spectacular. We recommend it without hesitation.

Beautiful town, we did not take the guided tour but only the transfer. Very nice driver, he accommodated us when asked if we could make a pit stop to see the sunset

Trip a bit long but beautiful city, goat trees and argan oil cooperative for tourists, beautiful city, lunch at ridiculous prices excellent fish at the fish market

Nice excursion despite the journey which is a bit long. The guide was perfect.

Great experience with get your guide .. Ali great guide!