Take a private day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, a beautiful and tranquil seaside town just two hours and a half away. First, visit the famous port with its blue boats and flocks of seagulls flying overhead. Let the sea breeze refresh you as you walk along the Skala du Port and along the 6km long sandy beach. Then, treat yourself to a delicious seafood lunch and take a walk in the old Medina of Essaouira. You’ll be glad you made time for this relaxing side trip.
Discover one of Morocco’s most charming cities on this full-day tour of Essaouira from Marrakech. In the morning, depart from your hotel at 08h00 AM; it’s roughly a 2 hours and a half journey to the coastal city. Upon arrival, meet your guide to explore Essaouira’s vibrant Medina, the busy fishing port, and venture to Game of Thrones filming locations. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to stroll the spectacular beach and further immerse yourself in Essaouira’s ambiance. Finally, return to Marrakech.
Your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech starts at 08h00 AM. Cross the Houaz Plains towards the picturesque village of Sidi Lmokhtar just West of Marrakech. You will have a coffee break and continue past this area’s unique Argan trees forest. It is where you will find goats climbing trees searching for 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 established by a French wine connoisseur. If you choose, you can partake in wine tasting before leaving for Essaouira.
Upon arrival in Essaouira, you will be greeted by your local guide, who will show you around the city. You’ll visit the Medina, the Mellah (old Jewish quarter), the Kasbah (old military bastion), and the fishermen’s port. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. You’ll have free time in the afternoon to enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Then, enjoy a cup of coffee or mint tea at the famous Place Moulay Elhassan while listening to atmospheric Gnawa music. After that, your driver will take you back to Marrakech. Your Marrakech to Essaouira day trip will end around 18h00 when your driver drops you off at your hotel or riad.
Essaouira is a mere 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Marrakech. The journey between the two cities takes just 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Although it can be windy at the beaches of Essaouira most of the year, you can still swim there. You may even be pleasantly surprised by how warm and sunny it can be in the winter. So pack your bathing suit and towel just in case!
The majority of seafood cafes and stalls in Essaouira are safe for tourists. However, there are a few scams that you should be aware of before ordering food from a stall near the port. Ensure you agree on the price with the vendor before ordering to avoid being overcharged.
Yes, we do make a stop to visit an Argan oil ladies’ cooperative. Please note that every cooperative has a showroom where they tend to sell their goods. There is no obligation to buy at all.
As you make your way to Essaouira, you’ll have the chance to snap some pictures of goats climbing Argan trees. The herder will be expecting a tip, so please be sure to have some change on hand.
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