Day trip

From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

4.1 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Argania Travel
Day trip

From Marrakech: Private Full-Day Essaouira Tour

Activity provider: Argania Travel

From US$ 45.55 per person

Visit a former Phoenician trading port, baptized “Mogador” by the Portuguese, the “well drawn" city is a unique citadel, cradle of artists of all kinds. Discover an unforgettable cultural melting pot!

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Duration 8 hours
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English, French, Spanish
Pickup optional
Your Hotel or Riad in Marrakech.
Private group available


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Full description
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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport
  • Fuel
  • Chauffeur guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Extra hygiene precautions are being taken due to the COVID-19 virus. All vehicles are thoroughly disinfected after each use. The driver and/or guide will wear a mask and gloves during the activity.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided in all the vehicles and face masks are distributed to each customer. The use is obligatory during the activity
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 15 reviews

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Teniendo en cuenta que contraté un tour privado con guí hubo guía ni fue privado. Además lo contraté expresamente en español, y nadie hablaba español. Atención al cliente tampoco pudo darme una solución en el momento. Lo ofertado en la info de la actividad no se ha correspondido con los servicios que nos han prestado. Días después han procedido a un reembolso parcial.

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March 20, 2023


La excursión muy bien. Lo único que nos hubiera gustado estar algo más de tiempo visitando sus calles y zocos se nos quedó corto m

January 5, 2023


This was a great day trip from Marrakech. Two of the highlights were seeing the goats that climb the argan trees on the road to Essaouira, and eating the freshest seafood we have ever had in the city itself. I gave four stars because we only had about three and a half hours to explore.

November 15, 2022

Product ID: 69738