Visit Morocco’s charming Atlantic port of Essaouira on this day trip from Marrakech. Travel from Marrakech to Essaouira by air-conditioned vehicle, stop to visit an Argan Co-operative and on arrival, immerse yourself in the historical port town — a melting pot of Berber, African and Portuguese influences. Take a guided tour of the harbor and 18th-century sea fort, and explore the old medina with its colorful markets and jewelry quarter. Finally, enjoy free time to have lunch and browse the souks for souvenirs before journeying back from Essaouira to Marrakech.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira
  • Guided tour of the Essaouira port
  • Visit the market and the jeweler's quarter
  • Round-trip hotel transportation included

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What You Can Expect

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Begin your experience with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle and drive to Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.

As you travel, hear about Essaouira’s turbulent history. Learn how it was known in Roman times for producing the purple dye used in imperial togas, and hear tales of its time under Portuguese rule, when its name was ‘Mogadore.’

On route, stop to visit an an Argan Women’s Co-operative to see the women at work extracting oil from argan nuts, and then continue your journey westward.

On arrival in Essaouira, enjoy a guided tour of the old port: a hotchpotch of Portuguese, African and Arabian influences. 

Stroll along the harborside and view the Skala fortress with its wave-lashed ramparts and cannons. Visit the medina and municipal market, and explore the jeweler's quarter and a handicrafts complex as your guide explains Essaouira’s artistic heritage.

Later, get free time to explore Essaouira’s souks as you wish. Browse the rustic workshops and stands selling products such as hand-painted pottery, rugs and slippers. 

Take your pick from the many fish restaurants for lunch (own expense) and afterward, return to Marrakech, where your trip ends.

Customer Reviews

Adele E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Not only did we get to see Essaouira, but we also got a chance to make some stops that helps us appreciate the culture and way of life there. We enjoyed the day trip and would do it again.

Amy L. G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our Guide Micky was wonderful. The day was so well organized and planned. We got so much information about the culture and life of the area. Micky treated us like family, made jokes, took care of us. We had time in shops, on the beach, eating meals, and even some time on our own. This was a fabulous trip!

JOHN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very good trip very interesting trip to the women's cooperation but would have liked a little extra time to explore without the guide.

mary c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Well worth doing,tour guide very good,everything was very organized.Lovely place to visit.

elizabeth d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

lovely tour,the hotel pick up was punctual,nice air conditioned bus. The journey was good our guide Abdul spoke excellent English and French and gave a lot of helpful information about our journey and the surrounding areas. We had a break about an hour and a half into the journey much appreciated.Then on to the Argan oil Co-Operative.. after seeing the goats in the trees eating the nuts!The Co-Operative visit was for me very interesting and educational,i enjoyed seeing the women work and learning about the process involved. In the shop the prices were not too expensive and i thought the quality of the products was excellent. I bought a face cream with Rose oil in it and it is divine!! Once we reached Essaouira there was a pleasant sea breeze we changed guides for a local guide who showed us around the port,the Jewish quarter and the market. We then had a break until it was time to head back. We found a lovely place to eat that had three courses for 55DH it was great soup or salad ,fish,chicken, or meat with rice and a great home made natural yoghurt. Very good value. After Marrakesh it was pleasant to stroll around the cool streets and not get hassled i would love to do this visit again!!

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was great! The tour guide was so informative and just amazing. We stopped at hand made argan oil manufacturers on the way. When we got there he guided us through the town and then we had a bit of time to ourselves. I would definitely recommend!

Colin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

A long day, good tour, expensive lunch

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A well organised visit with stops on the way and on the way back to break up quite a long journey. The organisation to collect you from your hotel or riad was punctual and superbly organised. The guide was very informative. A bit of spare time to wonder around the souk and do that extra bit of site-seeing or shopping. Essaouira is a lovely fishing port facing the Atlantic with the bracing winds coming off the Atlantic on one side and beautiful sandy beaches on the other. A small souk in the middle of the town selling lots of Moroccan wares as well as the necessities for living. Altogether a good day's visit well worth the journey.

rachelanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Loved this trip to the coast and the stop at the Moroccan Oil cooperative. The meal in the restaurant recommended by our guide was very tasty. The guide was fantastic - friendly and happy to share his knowledge. He really seemed to enjoy his job and sharing his country with us. Loved the walks through the tiny alleyways.

Peggy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

So convenient...on the way saw Goats in the trees, literally and arrived at a delightful fortresses seaport where fresh fish were grilled along the sea front ... utterly delightful and v well organised !

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