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  • Location: Essaouira, Morocco
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
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 ramparts to a panoramic lookout point, and check out local art at a colorful souk in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Medina of Essaouira. Sample traditional Moroccan treats at local pastry shops, eat fresh seafood side-by-side with locals at the lively fish market, and sip specialty Moroccan tea at a traditional herbalist shop. This tour incorporates all your senses to give you a great overview of Essaouira.

Highlights

  • 3-hour food and art walking tour in Essaouira
  • Head away from the beaten tourist trail and discover everyday Moroccan culture
  • Mingle with local artists at a souk in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Medina of Essaouira
  • Walk around the historical fishing port and along the city ramparts
  • Enjoy fresh seafood at the waterfront fish market
  • Sample traditional Moroccan desserts
  • Sip Moroccan tea at a traditional herbalist shop

What You Can Expect

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

Discover the coastal city of Essaouira on your walking tour

Meet your guide at Bab Sba in the late morning to begin your 3-hour food and art tour of Essaouira. This fascinating city often flies under the radar of visitors, and so the streets are filled with authentic cultural delights just waiting to be discovered.

Start with a visit to the oldest pastry shop in the city, and sample traditional Moroccan pastries made with time-honored family recipes. Continue walking onto the city ramparts. These fortifications offer a glimpse into how the old seaport village was once protected against invasion. Stop at an old watchtower, and enjoy panoramic views from a little-known lookout point away from the tourist crowds. Gaze out at the city as your guide points out all the must-see landmarks.

Next, make your way into the center of all the action: the Medina of Essaouira. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed area is an outstanding example of late-18th-century fortifications in Morocco. Wander around the colorful souks and meet local artists to check out their art and watch a brief demonstration of Arabic calligraphy, too.

After getting your art fix, head to the bustling seaside fish market, where fishermen haul in their daily catch. Sit side-by-side with locals at a wooden table for a savory lunch of grilled fish (usually sardines, a local favorite). For dessert, head to a shop just outside the medina to try a typical Moroccan treat. Then, wash it down with a cup of aromatic tea at a traditional herbalist's shop.

Your tour ends near Bab Doukkala. Your guide will be happy to give you recommendations on other things to do and see in Essaouira, or offer directions back to your hotel.
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Tour code: 6057ESSAOUIRA

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