Essaouira day trip from marrakech


Essaouira day trip from marrakech

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3 Years

From 40 $

This Private Excursion from Marrakech to Essaouira is for anyone interested in visiting the coast and where surfers, artists, and musicians are drawn to, Essaouira, a medieval beach town with an impressive artistic heritage offers an insight into where the director Orson Wells filmed Othello and to why musicians Mick Jagger & Jimi Hendrix were also attracted. Shop with us for lunch at the fish market & wander among the hipsters & hippies who have discovered the secrets of this chill-laxed town.


Essaouira trip from marrakech Description

We meet with you at your accommodation in Marrakech to begin the approx 2.5hr inland and coastal journey south to Essaouira. Leaving the suburbs of Marrakech, you head out on to the open road offering panoramic views of the remote life of those who work the land. The opulence of Marrakech is replaced by scenes of a much simpler way of life and a landscape more forbidding yet still beautiful. Goat herders can be seen in the distance and it is always a photography moment if you spot the goats perched in the Argan trees.

On route to Essaouira you visit a women’s Argan oil co-operative & artisan shop for an insight into the hand production of one of Morocco’s largest exports the Internationally acclaimed culinary and cosmetic oil often referred to as Berber or liquid gold.

On arriving in the blue and white shabby chic artists town of Essaouira before mid-day we make our way into the UNESCO World Heritage Medina to explore the souks and to shop for lunch in the fish market. Time thereafter to relax on a rustic rooftop terrace and to await your fresh fish being cooked and brought to your table.

After lunch enjoy beach activities such as a short camel ride for example or explore the historic ramparts where film director Orson Wells filmed Scenes for ‘Othello’ and more recently where the series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed, overlooking the sweeping bay and harbor with its iconic cobalt blue fishing boats

Before departing Essaouira you take an additional drive along the coast to the sand dune area of Diabet for refreshments in the novel Jimi Hendrix Café, a rustic homage to the musician. Diabet was once a hippy colony where Jimi Hendrix lived for a short period in time and his association with Musical Essaouira is one many Southern Moroccans are proud of.

Essaouira trip from marrakech Highlights

  • Atmospheric Plains With Panoramic Views.
  • The Heady Scent Of Argan Oil.
  • Gnaoua Musicians.
  • Shopping in Medina & Fish Market For Lunch.
  • Ancient City Ramparts & Artisans Below.
  • Jimi Hendrix Beach Shack at Diabat.
  • Fort El Barod Crumbling Into the Sea.
  • Artisan Shops, Galleries & Cafes.
  • Medieval Ramparts, Iconic Blue Port & Atlantic Views.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation at Marrakech 8.00am.
  • Atmospheric 2.5hrs drive to the coastal port on the Atlantic.
  • Walking exploration of the medieval Medina.
  • Visit Medina fish market.
  • Lunch in rooftop restaurant/café.
  • Walking exploration of Essaouira.
  • Optional beach activities after lunch.
  • Depart Essaouria approx mid-afternoon for Diabet.
  • A return journey to Marrakech.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive at your accommodation approx late afternoon/early evening.

Price on Request


  • Transport From & To Your Accommodation.
  • Private 4×4 A/C Vehicle & Fuel.
  • Private Moroccan Multi Lingual Driver.
  • Visit Argan Oil Co-operative.
  • Additional Excursion to Diabet.


  • Lunch.
  • Optional Beach Activities.
  • Personal Drinks & Snacks.
  • Gratuities.

Is Essaouira worth visiting?

Yes, Essaouira definitely is worth visiting, but no way should it cost $200 per person–do it on your own via Grand Taxi, bus or rental car. … Marrakech and Fes are worth the trip, and Essaouira is a lovely city that should not be missed.

How many days do you need in Essaouira?

two days
Essaouira : two days should be largely enough to stroll through the tiny streets of the lovely old city, walk up its walls and go along the windy beach. You may even do it in one day, there is nothing to visit as such but feeling its atmosphere is great, especially at night.

What is Essaouira known for?

Essaouira is known as Morocco’s windy city. A combination of spectacular beaches, great sea and the almost constant tropical trade winds has changed this city from a hardworking port into one of the world’s greatest sites for windsurfing, kiteboarding and other exhilarating watersports.

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