Essaouira, Morocco

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Overview

Morocco’s old coastal port of Essaouira is within comfortable day-trip distance of Marrakech, but a DIY visit means negotiating cabs or public buses. With this tour, save the time and hassle of both, and see and hear more about Essaouira's sights than you would alone. Tour the Atlantic-washed city walls, Skala fortress, and old medina, and get time to have lunch (own cost), stroll, and shop as you wish.
  • Visit the old Atlantic-coast town of Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech
  • Avoid the hassle of cabs or buses, and travel by air-conditioned minivan
  • See the Skala, souks, and more; and shop and eat (own cost) in old medina
  • Relax with Marrakech hotel pickup and drop-off included

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, Sep 2018

Essaouira was one of the best trips we did - beautiful coastal town - felt very European in style and great to see some Game of Thrones locations. Town was much more relaxed and if you are after some ceramics, they did seem cheaper here. As for the tour - it is less of a tour and more of a transport service. The mini bus is small - so if you are over 6ft you may want to book one of the bigger coaches as this is no frills. However, for the price we actually thought this was great. Interesting stops to the goat trees although I did feel sorry for the goats and the Argun Oil factory visit was really interesting.

b
, Aug 2018

My adult daughter and I had a fantastic day trip to Essaouira with our fabulous guide, Abdel! He was a safe and courteous driver and was genuinely a very nice person. We enjoyed his company and his English was very good so we loved hearing about the area from him. Beautiful ride out to the seaside city with a stops to visit the goats in trees and to a wonderful argan oil cooperative. When we got to Essaouira he dropped us off at the main square and we were free to explore the city on our own for a couple of hours, which was very easy for us to do. This was a perfect mix of having a private guide with some time alone although Abdel was so easy to be around he could have joined us in the city!. The city itself is quite small but beautiful as it sits directly on the sea. You can walk down the pier and see all the fisherman's catch of the day. You can even purchase it there and there is a place right around the corner that will cook up what you buy. We found the souks here much nicer than in Marrakech. The shopkeepers didn't hassle you like they do in the big city. Any GOT fans out there this is the city of Astapor. We enjoyed the Argan oil cooperative and the ladies that work there were so adorable. They showed us how they do everything by hand and even gave us a chance to try it. They took you to the store after and there was no pressure to buy but we loved the products so we bought some. The goats in trees is a bit staged but at least the goats weren't tied to trees I read that some reviews. We literally got out of the van and a man walked right up to me and plopped a baby goat in my arms. Of course, you have to pay them but I guess it was worth the novelty. Right before we got into the town Abdel pulled over to a scenic vista. There are guys there with their camels trying to get their camels in your pictures. Again, money was requested but we didn't want any camels in our pics so we said no. Can't say enough about Abdel. He was prompt and courteous. I had read that the guides get a cut from whatever store they take you to and not to tip them. I'm not sure if this is true, but even if our guide did get a cut I don't mind and in fact tipped him when he brought us back to Marrakech. Don't miss this wonderful daytrip and be sure to ask for Abdel!


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