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Visit Essaouira on a 3-day, independent tour from Marrakech and explore the historic seaside city at your own pace. Navigate the winding streets of Essaouira’s UNESCO-recognized medina and discover artists’ studios and craftsmens’ workshops. Climb fortified ramparts for sweeping views of the Atlantic coast, take in Gnawa rhythms at local teashops and relax on the city’s broad, sandy beaches. Join a small group of travelers for breakfasts and dinners at your hotel, then immerse yourself in the city’s bustling neighborhood markets before returning to Marrkech in an air-conditioned vehicle.


  • 3-day tour of Essaouira with round-trip transport from Marrakech
  • Create your own itinerary to experience this coastal Moroccan city at your own pace
  • Explore the medina (the walled old city), a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit main attractions such as Moulay El-Hassan Square, the Grand Mosque and the former Portuguese fishing port
  • Browse art galleries, wood workshops and local souks
  • Stay overnight in a 4-star hotel, with breakfasts and dinners included
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a fantastic chance to see a calmer and more peaceful side of Morocco away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It's well worth taking a few days to see what else this fabulous country has to offer!

What You Can Expect

3-Day Independent Essaouira Tour from Marrakech

Explore the beautiful fishing port of Essaouira on your 3-Day tour from Marrakech

During your stay in Essaouira, your driver will be happy to give you recommendations on what to do and see. Enjoy the freedom to create your own itinerary and explore at a pace that suits you. Breakfast and dinner are served at the hotel.


Day 1: Marrakech -- Essaouira (D)
You’ll be picked up from your centrally located Marrakech hotel or at a central meeting point in Djemaa El-Fna in the morning. Then sit back and enjoy the views on the 2.5-hour drive west to the Atlantic coast. You'll travel by air-conditioned coach, minivan or sedan, depending on your group size.

Arrive in Essaouira, a prehistoric walled city and former Portuguese fishing village full of fascinating history, heritage and a blend of Spanish, Portuguese, Arab and African cultures. Hop off the coach and enjoy the whole day to explore at your leisure.

Stroll along the traditional Portuguese harbor, featuring fine examples of Moorish and Portuguese art, and saunter through a bustling souk to browse local products and handicrafts. At the end of the day, head to your hotel for check-in and dinner with your group.

Overnight: 4-star Riad al Madina (or similar) in Essaouira

Day 2: Essaouira (B,D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on your second exploration of the city. Admire buildings with white-washed walls and vibrant blue shutters, forming a picturesque scene. In the medina, admire the fortified city walls, wander around Moulay El-Hassan Square, and visit the Grand Mosque and Siaghine Alley.

Access the medina’s dramatic, wave-lashed ramparts at Skala de la Ville, an impressive sea bastion built along the cliffs. From here, soak up the panoramic view of the labyrinth of streets below.

Next, you can follow Derb Laalouj street to the Museum Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, where musical instruments, local Andalusian songs, Berber Imazighen documents, weapons, costumes, carpets and more are displayed in the former residence of the Pasha.

For lunch, savor fresh seafood from a seaside restaurant (own expense). After your day of sightseeing, return to your hotel for dinner and your second overnight stay.

Overnight: 4-star Riad al Madina (or similar) in Essaouira

Day 3: Essaouira -- Marrakech (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, take time to explore Essaouira’s flourishing art scene by visiting art galleries and browsing fine woodwork at the local workshops and souks. From the terrace of the Skala North Bastion, you can access the marquetry, where the Morocco's best marqueteurs apply intricate decorations onto cedar wood figures.

Travel back in time with a visit to the Mellah, the Jewish Quarter, crossed by the traditional Rue Mohammed Zerktouni and bordered by a market that extends into Bab Doukkala. Wind down with a walk along the beach before meeting with your driver and hopping in your vehicle for a relaxing drive back to Marrakech, arriving at around 7pm.

Customer Reviews


3 star rating: Worth doing April 2014

The Hotel is really cute, very well locatted. The restaurant is very nice either, and the food? Amazing.
Get some time to enjoy the riad.
The sunset is beautiful.
Essaouira is small. I think is too much time just for this city. It will be nice to schedule local tours as the cascates, tracking in the mountains, windsurf classes, maybe fishing...

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