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Essaouira

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Top 7 things to do in Essaouira

The medieval architecture of this town is so splendid it was used as a backdrop in the film 'Othello'. This town has much to offer midway down on the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir. Fresh seafood, colorful bazaars, hiking, beaches, and desert adventures await you here!

  • Medina

    1. Medina

    A wonderful labyrinth of streets, this 18th mid-century fortified town was built with the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context.

  • Skala du Port

    2. Skala du Port

    This active fishing port is pleasurably mesmerizing to watch as the fishing boats dock. You can even see wooden boats being made and the Île de Mogador in the distance.

  • Diabat

    3. Diabat

    A former hippy enclave where The Rolling Stones used to hang out. Visit the ruined palace and Ranch de Diabat for horse and camel rides -- Moador Golf Academy is also nearby.

  • Hammam Lalla Mira

    4. Hammam Lalla Mira

    Heated by solar energy, this is one of the oldest Turkish baths providing a stunning interior and offering blissful massages. It's part of a guesthouse, so booking is essential.

  • 5. Musee Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah

    Anthropology and art unite at this quaint refurbished museum of regional art in a traditional house showcasing weapons, instruments, carpets, and historical photos of Essaouira.

  • Cooperative Feminine Marjana

    6. Cooperative Feminine Marjana

    Half an hour out of Essaouira, this is an escape from the norm, where the women make argan oil for sale using traditional methods of argan and almond oil extraction. 

  • Watersports

    7. Watersports

    The strong winds are ideal for kite and windsurfing, and the watersports center by the promenade offers advice for novices and equipment to rent for more experienced enthusiasts.

Frequently asked questions about Essaouira

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Planning Your Visit

  • Are solo women travelers safe?

    Essaouira is more relaxed and laid back than other Moroccan cities, but of course there's always exceptions, so always take care. Be aware that Moroccan men are not used to seeing bare shoulders and ankles, so that might attract some attention. Remaining pleasant, but assertive is the best way to act.

  • Is a day trip to Marrakech easy to do?

    Yes, and it gives you a chance to see more of the countryside. You can either rent a car, go by bus, or hire a private driver -- which is more expensive. The cheap return bus runs twice per day, although you will be limited with times, and the journey takes 3 hours by bus.

  • I've heard of goats climbing trees here -- myth or fact?

    Indeed they do! It's their special quirk in this area of Morocco. They're skilled climbers that are attracted to the Argan tree, which ripens in June/July each year. Each hoof has two toes which can spread out for balance, while the soft soles of their feet help them to grip the bark. Seeing 20 goats up a tree is a sight to behold! 

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Fall tends to be the best time to visit when the winds are calmer, sunshine and heat is not as intense as in the summertime, and the tourist crowds have departed.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,070 reviews

Guide was super friendly. We had a very small group and was offered to have it without the guide if we wanted to. Essaouira deserved at least two full days. With the guide, it wasn't enough time to get a feel of Essaouria but it was still nice.

It was a "private" tour for my wife and me as no one other than us had booked for the same day. Driver Mohamed is a very nice person and was sensitive to our special needs such as prayer times. Essouria is a must-see destination.

Knowledgeable tour guide, very relaxed experience and topped off our visit with beautiful food in a restaurant with a panoramic view of the sea and city walls. 10/10

Great excursion with yoness our driver and zaid our guide

I advise you to take this activity on a one-off basis.