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This Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will take you to one of the best Moroccan Atlantic coast towns. It requires around 2 hours 40 minutes drive from Marrakech to this delightful old coastal city.
We will begin our Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech in the Morning, we will pick-up you from the riad, hotel or any point of your choice in Marrakech at 08:00.a.m then drive to Essaouira, we will make our way across the beautiful scenes of the R207 route to the coast. We shall stop to see the argan trees along the way.
Day trip to Essaouira, the train Mogador built on a rocky peninsula, with its ramparts in the ocean, its medina in white and blue tones, its busy port and its long sandy beaches.
The history of Essaouira dates back to the 8th century BC. The Phoenicians stopped there on the road of the equator. The real founder of the city was the Alaouite Sultan Mohamed Abdallah Sidi Mohamed, who was born to the construction of Theodore Cornut, architect and student of Vauban Essaouira is now a nice little fishing port at the arrival of the sardines and crustaceans are sold at the auction. On the docks, the fishermen repair the red nets.
Enjoy the sardine grilled in the harbor's small restaurants, then discover the Port's Sqala, a crenellated bastion built to protect the harbor and the city. It consists of two fortified wings behind the Navy gate. Leaving the port Sqala, enter Moulay Hassan square.
Essaouira is a medieval city known for its annual festival of Gnaoua music. The UNESCO considers the city to be an international heritage. There are many other things to admire during your Essaouira day trip from Marrakech such as its pleasant weather, place Moulay El Hassan, La Skala,the port, the ramparts, and the Jewish district 'Derb Lealouj'. thanks to the ocean breeze, Essaouira benefits from cool air.
During this Essaouira tour you'll discover another part of the moroccans lifestyle, the weekly markets where locals go to purchase each week, all their daily needs and goods. You'll enjoy a rich berber breakfast among the locals.
- Get introduced to the Moroccan lifestyle
- Travel back in time centuries ago
- Unique & Original tour
- Live the locals experience
- Discover the Moroccan culture
- Learn to bargain
Spend a day exploring Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco with this fully guided tour from Marrakech. You driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Essaouira, where you'll meet your guide for a tour through the old city's meandering lanes and colorful markets. You'll then sit down for lunch at a local restaurant before heading out on a quad bike tour through the scenic outskirts of town before returning to Marrakech in the evening.
Most of the route is in argan forests. The argan tree is the mythical tree, the real emblem of the region of Essaouira. This course will be appreciated by those who wish to go for a leisurely stroll. Throughout the morning, the guide will explain you
the ecological characteristics of the argan tree and the different uses of the argan nut. You will cross a douar where there is a "marabout" and will also visit ruins of a candy dating from the 16th century.
During the walk, a tea will be served in a Berber house. Children will have the opportunity to ride on a small donkey on part of the course (except Wednesday). The walk will end with a visit to an argan oil production cooperative. You will discover the meticulous work done by women to extract the precious argan oil.
Swap Marrakesh for a day exploring beautiful Essaouira. You’ll have the ultimate stress-free day with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Travel between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle with a guide to explain the sites you see. Highlights include visiting an Argan oil cooperative, seeing Bab Al Minzah Clock Tower, Bab Sebaa, and the beautiful historic souks. You’ll also have time to explore the port area and walk on the beach.
- Discover the city of Essaouira and its craft and artistic soul
- Admire the old medina with its souks, port, ramparts, gates and bastions
- Explore the different wood species that decorate the art of marquetry in Essaouira
- Visit the museum "Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah" which abounds with the treasures of the regional arts.
- Savor the Moroccan cuisine that characterizes the city of Essaouira
- Give yourself the pleasure of practicing water sports safely
• Discover the countryside around Diabat / Essaouira on the dromedary
• Move on without stress and ecologically with the lovable dromedaries
• Bring the whole family; an activity for young and old; suitable for children as for seniors
• Take a trip to the rhythm of the quiet step of the dromedary
Start your Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech at 08h00 am. Cross the Houaz Planes towards the village of Sidi Lmokhtar just West of Marrakech.
You will have a coffee break and continue past the unique Argan trees forest located in this area. This is where you will find goats climbing trees in search of Argan nuts, a wonderful and rare sight to behold.
You can stop at a local cooperative that processes Argan oil before continuing to Val d’Argan, a vineyard that was established by a French wine connoisseur. Should you choose so, you can partake to some wine before leaving to Essaouira.
Drive North, past Surfe's Paradise, Kilometres of secluded beaches and rocky coastline to Morocco's equivalent of St Tropez where Orson Wells filmed Othello, Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, and where Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens cavorted in the swinging 60's. Wander though the port, the ramparts of the Skala, and carpenters at work, Sample the local delicacies during a seafood lunch .
Essaouira is a charming old coastal city. To reach it, we cross the beautiful scenery of the R207 road to the coast. On the way, we will stop to see the argan trees where the goats climb on the low branches and feed, it is a fascinating spectacle and an absolute must when it comes to be photographed. Along the way, we will stop at a women's cooperative where they produce argan oil. Our trip to Essaouira arrives in the resort and the port city where you will see the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. Old brass cannons line and the ramparts protect the waterfront against ancient invasions. There are several modern restaurants in the port city and this updated culture combines very well with the history of the city. You'll feel like you're drifting in a time machine as you move from a modern cafe to a dilapidated house in the medina a few feet away. Essaouira is a popular stopover point for most tourists visiting Morocco and you will see just why when you visit it.
Start the trip to Essaouira from Marrakech at 8 AM, the mountain range of the Atlas, whose peaks are recently covered with snow, on the right, threatening clouds is thickening. We stop for a first stop in a cafe on the outskirts of Sidi Mokhtar. At the edge of the roads huge puddles, testimony to the heavy rains of the night. Near a plantation of argan we stop to take some photos of greedy goats’ intent on feeding the seeds of argan in the branches of a tree.
Cover the highlights of Essaouira in a single outing from Marrakech. With this tour, get your bearings upon arrival with a private guided tour, before spending the afternoon exploring Essaouira independently. See the bustling fishing port, the Skala du Port fortress, and browse the medina for craft goods. Transport is included, with the journey to Essaouira broken up by a visit to a women’s argan cooperative and photo stops to capture Morocco’s famous tree-climbing goats.
Depart from your Riad in Marrakech towards Essaouira, this city lies on the Atlantic Ocean. Essaouira has a constant temperature of 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The famous freshly grilled fish is served in the harbor and also in the medina where Thuja woodworkers and silver workers work under the old Portuguese city walls that protect the city from the sea. A private city guide will guide you around this charming walkable medina. This city is recommended year round, especially in the summer when it’s very hot in Marrakech. We return back to Marrakech later in the evening. • Enjoy an orientation walk of Essaouira old town. • Enjoy a long walk around the beach of Essaouira • Visit the port, the old medina and the market • The funny things you can see are goats that climb Argan trees. • Visit cooperative of Berber women producing Argan oil.7
Departure at 8:00 from your hotel or riad for the port city of Essaouira, located on the Atlantic coast, 180 kms from Marrakech.
On the road, we can see many fields of argan trees. (cooperatives to visit).
Discovery of the streets of the Medina (World Heritage Site of Unesco), the port, the Scala, Crafts souiri, the fish market and spices.
Free lunch in the medina or near the port.
Return to Marrakech around 19:00 / 20:00
Meet a driver at your hotel in Marrakech, or at a central location, for the roughly 3-hour trip to Essaouira, a laid-back city that’s cooled by sea breezes. On your way to Essaouira, make a stop at an Argan oil cooperative, learning how the golden oil is produced using traditional techniques.
Upon arrival in Essaouira, set out on your own to explore the compact historic center, ringed by fortifications with great views of the ocean. You'll have the freedom to see and do what you want. You can sip mint tea in the Moulay el Hassan square, browse for souvenirs at the bazaars, or try freshly caught, local seafood at an open-air restaurant.
Rejoin the driver and group after an afternoon of exploration and begin the return trip to Marrakech, where the day concludes with drop-off at your original departure point.