Visit the historic port city of Essaouira on a full-day trip from Marrakech, and spend the day exploring traditional agriculture, architecture, and Morocco’s laid-back, seaside culture. You’ll see how argan oil is extracted, and visit Essaouira’s Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This full-day Essaouira tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in Marrakech, a guided walking tour of Essaouira, and free time to explore on your own.
Meet a driver at your Marrakech hotel, then make the 119-mile (192-km) drive to Essaouira in a climate-controlled vehicle. Enjoy views of the countryside along the way, as you pass through villages and fields, then stop at a small argan oil cooperative run by local women. Learn how the oil is extracted and used—with the option to purchase oil direct from the producers— before continuing to Essaouira.
Learn the basics of Essaouira’s history on a sightseeing walking tour of the city, taking in the distinctive blue-and-white architecture, and unique rhythm of the seaside town. Following the tour, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore on your own: head down to the water to see the fishermen bring in the catch of the day, then sample Moroccan-style seafood in an outdoor café.
The UNESCO-listed Medina is full of artists and craftsmen’s shops, and walking the city’s stone rampart is like stepping into history—watch for fishing boats on the far horizon. At the end of the afternoon, meet back up with the driver for the return trip to Marrakech, where this tour concludes.
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Jul 2019
Everything was very good, I loved the whole day. Our driver tell us a lot about Marocco during the journey, it was very interesting. In Essaouira the guide was very kind and took us to lots of interesting places.
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Great Tour with engaging driver to a really nice town.
, Jan 2019
There were 5 of us on this on this Private Day Tour to Essaouira. Firstly, after 4 days in the noise and bustle of Marrakech, Essaouira was a welcome calming change - the blue & white city was quiet and relaxing. We had a walking tour of the city - Ahmed, our guide was a local - it was a little lacking in history and detail, but he did recommend a fish fry stall that we had a superb meal at.
However, outside of Essaouira itself, the highlight of the day was our interaction with Ismail, our driver. He has excellent English, and we had a wide-ranging and enthusiastic (pretty much non-stop) conversation throughout both drives.
I recommend both the trip and Ismail.
Great service...beautiful place, nice weather and delicious food
, Oct 2018
Ismael accompany us along the way to Essaouira. He drive carefully and diligently, and explain every detail that we passed. He is very well inform and has a lot of knowledge for everything. We got a lot of information about the history and the culture. He also recommended us, a nice restaurant on the beach with the delicious food. The journey was great and excellent. We hope we can join other tour next time. Very well recommended.
The full day excursion to Essaouira as part of our visit to Marrakech is worthy of special mention. Arrangements were confirmed the day before the trip by email and pickup at the hotel was right on schedule as advised. Our driver Abdul, arrived in a clean and modern vehicle and navigated the heavy morning traffic, briefly mentioning points of interest and answering our many questions. Along the way a stop was made to see the manufacturing of Aragan oil with no pressure to purchase any of the derivative products.
On arrival to Essaouira, Abdul introduced us to Haziz, a native of the Mogador city, and seemingly known by everyone as we toured the ancient city. Haziz was a great ambassador of the city, pointing out how Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith citizens live in total harmony. The ambience of the city differs completely than the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, being much more laid back without the commercial pressures on visitors to purchase items on offer. The tour was followed by a seaside lunch and a time to relax or take a leisurely stroll. All in all, a great opportunity to experience a different lifestyle from the big city and understand the differing cultures in Morocco.
This trip was really memorable. Ismail was our tour guide and was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. On the way to Essaouira, we stopped to see goats in the Argan trees which was really cool. The medina is very touristy and modern but the beach is the star. The restaurant we ate at had the best view. I highly recommend this tour, especially with Ismail.
Trip was fantastic and we had a great time with our tour guide Ahme. We recommend him for any of your future trips. He is an excellent to really cares for his customer. We would use him for any future trips to Essaouria. Great job Mr. Ahme.
This was a great trip. We actually got a private tour since it was the low tourism season August. Ismael, who drove us to Essaouira, was amazing. He was friendly and knowledgeable and kept us laughing the whole time. I'd highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for a day trip from Marrakech!
loved my tour guide Ismail. He was promptly waiting for me in the medina. Also enjoyed having lunch with him and chatting. turned out to be just myself and the tour guide, so it was very nice. and the tour guide Ismail, he was so informative, fun and just so much fun to be with. I highly recommend this tour, especially if Ismail is doing the tour. Essaouira is very pretty. Really enjoyed the seaside a lot. the medina was ok, but after seeing 3 other city medinas, I was bored in the Essaouira medina. Make sure you see the goats in the argan trees!
This was a wonderful day trip from Marrakech. The driver was right on time for the hotel pick-up and he made stops along the way. The guide in Essaouria was great. Both Abdul and Ahkmed made the tour very enjoyable.