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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. 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.”

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Guided Day Trip

2. 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.

Essaouira: Guided Quad Bike Tour and Camel Ride

3. Essaouira: Guided Quad Bike Tour and Camel Ride

Experience the thrill of a quad biking adventure in Essaouira with a group of friends or family. Discover the hinterland of this beautiful region accompanied by an expert guide. Explore diverse landscapes including vast sand dunes, lush pine forests and cherished landmarks like Dar Sultan Palace, Bourj El Baroud and more.  Whether you’re an experienced driver or just a beginner, benefit from an expert instructor who will tailor your experience to your skill level and preferences. Pump up your adrenaline as you zoom around this stunning location and snap some atmospheric photos as souvenirs along the way.

Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

4. Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

This full-day activity is suitable for horse riders of all abilities, from beginner to advanced. Starting from the Ranch de Diabat, your guide will take you on a route that first runs along the river. Stop to see the ruins of the Black Sultan’s palace before riding along a sandy beach. Admire the views of the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. Riders of intermediate or advanced ability will have the option of a longer tour, heading a bit inland. After a picnic lunch at noon, you’ll ride along the sand dunes, past fishermen’s cottages, and to a fresh water spring. The tour continues through a forest and then returns to the ranch. The pace of the tour will be adapted according to your preference and ability.

Essaouira: Guided Dromedary Riding Tour

5. Essaouira: Guided Dromedary Riding Tour

Our well-trained dromedaries are led by one of our experienced guides. During the ride, the dromedaries walk in a caravan, one behind the other, according to Berber tradition. To mount, they lie down and the participants can sit on the specially made dromedary saddles. The adventure begins: Leisurely step we leave Diabat to stride towards the sea. After a short while we reach the palace of the black sultan, which was also the background for several movies. Then we reach the ocean, with its wide, endless sandy beach. You can meet fishermen, or cows and donkeys that visit the fresh water springs on the beach. A break to take a souvenir photo and it goes back to Diabat by another way, through the Mimosa and Tuja Forest.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,649 reviews

It’s a long way to Essaouira, about 3h , from Marrakech. However we got lucky and our driver was very nice ( Ismail). The town it’s really nice and full of gift shops. There is also a little beach zone. The guided tour at Essaouira was nice but it felt short.

It was a very good experience. The guide in Essaouria was very helpful, he gave us several tips in addition to explanations. The people in Morocco are very friendly in general. You will really enjoy this experience.

Not to be missed if you are in Marrakech. Even just for the port and the fish market it's worth it. But the medina and the fortification close to the sea are also remarkable.

Pleasant but tiring day. The journey is quite long. Half is still worth it, experience recommended.

Great and affordable trip. The guide in Essaouira was exceptional!