Earning its place in the guidebooks back in the 1960s, when iconic musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa and Cat Stevens descended on its shores, the tranquil beach town of Essaouira might be over its hippie heyday, but its laid-back vibe still entices a steady stream of backpackers and curious tourists. 

Perched on the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir, the fishing port and beach town retains a distinctly European feel, with its bright blue and white architecture, bustling harbor and winding souks set within its still intact 18th century sea walls. Today, Essaouira’s high coastal winds make it a popular haunt for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers, but the town is also a lively arts hub, lined with art galleries, craft stalls, live music cafés and waterfront bars and restaurants. Time your visit for one of the town’s many annual festivals to see Essaouira at its most atmospheric - the Gnaoua World Music festival, held each June, is the highlight of the entertainment calendar.

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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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Visit the beach and famous port of Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech. You'll take a guided tour of the port and have the opportunity to discover the ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.54

Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts

Venture off the beaten path to get a taste of local life in Essaouira on this 3-hour walking tour. Following a local guide, walk along the historical city ...  Read more

Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.35

9-Night Southern Moroccan Adventure Including Aït Benhaddou, the Sahara and Essaouira

Experience a carnival of exotic sights in Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakech, explore the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, ride a camel in the Sahara Desert and lounge on ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

From USD $952.00

3-Day Independent Essaouira Tour from Marrakech

Discover a different side to Morocco on this 3-day independent tour of Essaouira, an ancient walled city overlooking the Atlantic that’s famous for its ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $265.46

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