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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.
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Essaouira Fishing Port
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Very nice day trip from Marrakech. I...
Lore F
, Oct 2017
Very nice day trip from Marrakech. I had read so many reviews from other trips that just drop you off and your on your own, but this trip includes a tour of the Medina with free time to visit the port.
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Amazing. Beautiful seaside resort, less...
VANESSA A
, Oct 2017
Amazing. Beautiful seaside resort, less hussle and bustle. Still had medinas but also a harbour and a beach. Nice to chill out. It's a long way from Marrakech though, at least 3 hours coach ride. Lots to see on the way, goats up a tree eating the argon nuts to make argon oil. Stopped off for a Moroccan breakfast and stopped on way back for mint tea. All in all a very good but very long day out
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long day and there are plenty of stops...
Iain P
, Sep 2017
long day and there are plenty of stops along the way. Goats in the tree! made the wife happy. only thing I would change is not to be herded about and given a bit more time to explore the market place, but with the free time we did have we walked along the beach.
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We really enjoyed the tour to this...
Robert W
, Aug 2017
We really enjoyed the tour to this ancient Phoenician and Portuguese port town....very relaxing beach town and medina...however, we could barely hear our guide and essentially we just needed a ride to the town and be left alone to explore. Additionally, the A/C was not exactly up to standards and it was a long drive in the heat not to have a good air conditioning to enjoy the scenery. I guess it's nice that our tour guide did give us free time as that's what we wanted. We had a lovely lunch in the medina. The people were quite friendly here and the restaurant was fantastic. It was super fun watching the cats with their awesome perches on the incredible carpets just basking in the sunshine as the queens of Essaouria! A great town but the tour was a bit less than we had expected.
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This excursion was good, but not great...
JAMES L G
, Aug 2017
This excursion was good, but not great. We live close to beaches, so Essaouira might be more interesting for others than us. We walked through the medina which was quite interesting. We paid for lunch at a restaurant and the food was just fair. I had the fish which had a lot of bones. Please note that the restaurant where the guide intended to take us was closed. The excursion did not provide as much cultural information as the other tours we used.
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Essouira is a beautiful city and we...
Daniela F
, Apr 2017
Essouira is a beautiful city and we were really excited to learn about the culture and history of the city. Unfortunately, if that's what you're looking for you will find yourself unfulfilled by this tour. This tour is certainly interesting as they take you to a cooperative where women make Argan oil, then a spice shop, then a wood shop, etc. But this tour felt like the guide wasn't teaching us anything and simply taking us around to his friend's shops so we could buy things. We got some time to explore the city on our own, but weren't given suggestions on historical sites to see or interesting cultural sites. We went to lunch which was very inconvenient as the restaurant only took cash, plus the car ride was long which we expected and didn't turn on the AC even though it was incredibly hot. If you're looking for a shopping tour, I recommend this tour. But otherwise, take some time to research a tour with more substance.
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I really enjoyed Essaouira. It's an...
Peter E
, Mar 2017
I really enjoyed Essaouira. It's an amazing seaside town with a picturesque medina, relaxed and laid-back vibe, and a beach nearby. However, I believe that our tour guide should have told us that the bus would not stay at the meeting location when we parted ways to explore the city. I came back and expected to see the bus parked as the location and it was gone. As a result, I panicked thinking it was relocated and I missed the information about it. In addition, I think we should have been given the option to choose where we would like lunch since it wasn't provided for free during the tour.
star-5
Great trip with excellent guide - lots...
peter r
, Jan 2017
Great trip with excellent guide - lots to see on journey and once at the sea. It is a long day but worth it
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Essaouira, itself, is well worth the...
Joyce L
, Jan 2017
Essaouira, itself, is well worth the trip but I was not happy with this tourguide whose name was never even announced. He arrived over a half hour late with no explanation. We made a horrible stop to see some poor sheep stuck on platforms on a tree. Was this supposed to be a photo op? I can't imagine anyone who would want to take pictures of animal abuse, though it is possible they didn't realize that sheep don't normally stand on platforms in a tree. When people did begin to take pictures, they were immediately accosted by the owner of the site who rudely demanded money. We then proceeded to Essaouira where we were marched through the market by the tour guide who pointed and announced olives. After that enlightened tour, he escorted us to the most expensive restaurant in the area most of us refused and left at that point. Instead we found amazing stalls on the beach where fresh fish can be cooked for you. It was delicious. If you take this tour, just be prepared to leave the tour guide and experience this wonderful town on your own. Meet back at the bus for the trip home and you will be pleased that you did it that way. On the bright side, the vehicle was well maintained and comfortable.
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Had a overall good experience, however...
Nathali L
, Jan 2017
Had a overall good experience, however would have enjoyed more free time to explore the city freely. Tour operators were professional.

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