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Sqala du Port d'Essaouira

Sqala du Port d'Essaouira: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Marrakech: Essaouira & Atlantic Coast Full-Day Trip

1. 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.”

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip

2. 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.

Essaouira Day trip shared tour

3. Essaouira Day trip shared tour

Your best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will begin with a walk along the fertile plains of Haouz to the city of Chichaoua, where you will stop to have a coffee before continuing to Essaouira. On your way, you will cross the forest of argan trees, you can't see goats climbing trees. Because it's the harvesting season. Stop To see how argan is extracted, you can visit a local women’s cooperative and understand how some natural cosmetics are made locally from the virtuous argan seed. Afterward, we will continue to Essaouira. On your arrival, you will explore the beautiful city at your leisure. Then, go to discover the fishing port of Essaouira. Cross the medina eve with its souks and traditional stalls and discover the art galleries and authentic woodwork workshops. Explore the art of cedarwood inlay and enjoy the beautiful objects presented by craftsmen through the alleys of the medina. Visit the ramparts and gates of Essaouira, its Borj and military buildings as well as its two main fortifications: The Sqala of the Kasbah and the Sqala of the port. For fans of windsurfing or the Surf Kit, the climatic particularity of Essaouira and its geographical position have made it a strong point to practice these two sports, hence its appointment of “City of the wind”.Do not miss, especially, admire a tagine Souiri or a superb fish dish (a specialty of Essaouira) in one of the restaurants on the sea. A best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech is by far the most appreciated visit by our customers: many of them discover this hidden gem for the first time and immediately decide to come back for a short break in the calm and the hippie city of Essaouira. From experience, exploring Essaouira is simple: the inhabitants are very friendly, the medina is quite small (compared to other cities of Morocco) and its streets are in order. You certainly do not need a guide to go around the city. If you insist, your driver will help you hire a local guide to visit the city. In the late afternoon, return to Marrakech. Your best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will end at your hotel or at the nearest point accessible by car from your Riad

Unveiled: Full Day Escape to Essaouira from Marrakech

4. Unveiled: Full Day Escape to Essaouira from Marrakech

Essaouira Exploration: A Unique Day Trip from Marrakech Embark on a Scenic Journey: Your adventure begins with a picturesque drive along the Haouz plains, offering stunning views of Morocco's diverse landscapes. As you make your way to Essaouira, you'll stop in the village of Chichaoua for a refreshing cup of coffee, immersing yourself in the local culture before continuing your journey. Discover the Argan Forest: En route to Essaouira, delve into the lush beauty of the argan forest, where you'll visit a local women's cooperative to learn about the production of fine cosmetic products made from the rich argan oil. Gain insight into traditional techniques and support local artisans as you explore this sustainable industry. Explore Essaouira at Your Leisure: Upon arrival in Essaouira, the day is yours to explore this enchanting city at your own pace. Navigate the charming medina, where tidy streets and welcoming locals await. Wander through the historic fishing port, admiring old Portuguese fortifications and medieval war cannons overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Immerse Yourself in History and Culture: Stroll along the well-maintained fortifications dating back to the 18th century, and venture into the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, where art shops, souvenir galleries, and thuya wood craft shops beckon. Indulge in a delicious seafood lunch at a local café and visit the kasbah, a historic military stronghold with panoramic views of the city and sea. Beachside Bliss and Friendly Encounters: For those who love the beach, take a leisurely walk along the sandy shores of Essaouira, where friendly locals await. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and perhaps engage in a friendly game with the locals before bidding farewell to this coastal gem. Return to Marrakech: As the afternoon draws to a close, you'll journey back to Marrakech, reflecting on the day's adventures and unforgettable memories. Your day trip to Essaouira concludes with a drop-off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad, leaving you with a sense of fulfillment and a desire to return to this magical city. Convenience and Comfort: Enjoy hassle-free transportation with pickup and drop-off from all hotels in Marrakech or the nearest accessible point to your riad. Please note, there is an additional 20 euro charge for hotels outside Marrakech, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience for all travelers.

Friend-Guide Essaouira city tour

5. Friend-Guide Essaouira city tour

Start the tour exploring the harbor town with possibility to enjoy oysters of the day. Continue to the square of the medina to enjoy and learn about the famous international heritage of Gnaoua music, Wonder along the Romantic alleys to explore different handmade ( you can tailor your own clothes ), Visit The Scala and learn the brief history of the Town, Stop for a cup of tea in local style to experience and feel the local life, Continue to explore facts and believes that can be seen in doors of houses and homes, Visit the Souks and the Local fish market with your possibility to Enjoy buying fish and cook on place, Explore a workshop of the most famous artwork of Essaouira ( Thuya wood ) End the tour at a place of your choice in the Medina.

Essaouira: Cultural & Historical Sightseeing Tour - half day

6. Essaouira: Cultural & Historical Sightseeing Tour - half day

Prepare for a day of fascination as your knowledgeable guide unveils the layers of Essaouira's captivating history and culture. Our journey commences in the UNESCO-listed Medina, where you'll find yourself transported to another era within its ancient alleyways. Here, you'll delve into the town's storied heritage and witness the remarkable craftsmanship that has been a part of its identity for centuries. As the morning progresses, you will step back in time with a visit to Skala Port. As you explore its historic ramparts and fortifications, the sweeping ocean views will offer you a deep appreciation for why Essaouira was such a strategically important location throughout its history. Lunchtime brings you to the lively port area, where you will dine on the freshest seafood at local restaurants. It's not just a chance to satisfy your taste buds but also an opportunity to soak in the maritime culture of the town, surrounded by the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling waterfront. As the afternoon unfolds, you will find yourself amidst the vibrant local markets, brimming with local treasures. From the detailed craftsmanship of woodwork to the intricate beauty of local carvings, you'll witness the dedication and artistry of Essaouira's skilled craftsmen. Here, you can discover unique souvenirs and truly special keepsakes. As the day draws to a close, your guide will lead you into the heart of Essaouira's diverse culture. You will gain insights into the town's Jewish heritage and experience the rhythmic and mesmerizing beats of Gnaoua music. This immersive evening will create a deeper connection to the essence of Essaouira, leaving you with cherished memories of your enriching adventure.

Essaouira Day Trip From Marrakech

7. Essaouira Day Trip From Marrakech

Depart Marrakech around 8:00 a.m., ready for a 2.5-hour journey to beautiful Essaouira on the Atlantic coast, including 3 stops along the way. Once you arrive at the port city, formerly known as Mogador, you will have time to enjoy the charming sites of Essaouira, including its ocher-colored walls, the beautiful Moulay El Hassan square and the souks, as well as the small streets of the city's ancient medina. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch at a local restaurant. During your trip, visit a Berber women's association producing argan oil, tour local markets, and marvel at the precious stones of the jewelry district. You will return to Marrakech at the end of the afternoon to arrive at the “Red City” around 7:00 p.m.

Agadir or Taghazout Essaouira old city day Trip with guide

8. Agadir or Taghazout Essaouira old city day Trip with guide

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.

Discovering Essaouira: One-Day Escape from Marrakech's Bust

9. Discovering Essaouira: One-Day Escape from Marrakech's Bust

Upon arriving in Essaouira, you'll be greeted by the imposing city walls that surround the medina, a Unesco World Heritage Site. As you wander through the narrow streets, you'll encounter a bustling mix of shops, art galleries, and local artisans. The medina is famous for its vibrant blue doors and whitewashed buildings, creating a unique and photogenic backdrop. One of the main attractions in Essaouira is its picturesque harbor, where traditional blue fishing boats dot the sea. You can witness local fishermen bringing in their catch of the day or explore the fish market, where a variety of freshly caught seafood is on display. Don't miss the opportunity to savor a delicious seafood lunch at one of the many waterfront restaurants. Essaouira is also renowned for its strong winds, making it a popular spot for wind and kite surfing enthusiasts. You can take a stroll along the scenic beach, watch the surfers in action, or even try your hand at these exhilarating water sports. For history and culture enthusiasts, a visit to the Skala de la Ville, a 16th-century fortification with cannons and sea views, is a must. The fort offers a glimpse into Essaouira's defensive past and provides panoramic views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to its rich history and coastal beauty, Essaouira is known for its lively arts and music scene. The city hosts various music festivals throughout the year, celebrating Gnawa music and other local traditions. You may have the opportunity to listen to live performances or browse the art galleries showcasing traditional and contemporary Moroccan artwork. As the day comes to a close, you can relax on the beach, taking in the stunning sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, before heading back to your starting point, carrying fond memories of Essaouira's unique blend of history, culture, and coastal charm.

Agadir or Taghazout: Essaouira Full-Day Trip with Guide

10. Agadir or Taghazout: Essaouira Full-Day Trip with Guide

Begin a journey of discovery from Agadir to the ancient city of Essaouira, where Moroccan and Portuguese cultures intertwine. On arrival, you'll be immersed in a guided tour of the city, wandering through the bustling souks, admiring the grandeur of the Grand Mosque, and feeling the ancient essence of the Scala ramparts. Along the route, marvel at the spectacle of goats climbing Argan trees, an extraordinary sight unique to this region. After exploring the cultural landmarks, seize some free time to roam independently, perhaps savoring a local meal or meandering along the sun-soaked beaches. Your adventure culminates with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Agadir, leaving you enriched with memories and experiences of a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Sqala du Port d'Essaouira

This was one of the best tours we had in Morocco. The guide had a deep understanding of the area and spoke English very well. We went on to use this company for other tours because of this positive experience.

It was a very beautiful trip day. The driver, Said, share with us many interesting information about the Marrakech and Essaouira. Essaouira is a perfect day destination for one day trip.

Several excursions made with this application never disappointed Driver Mohamed at the top Essaouira is a very beautiful port city The Azouka Eatery restaurant is a must I recommend

The day trip was really great, very well organized, very nice and pleasant driver Mr. Abdelaali. very beautiful city. just great, thank you very much

Great and eventful. The driver in particular was likeable. Very