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A Day in Essaouira - Tour from Marrakech

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Key Highlights

  • This 3000-year old town is a cradle for artists of all genres
  • Enjoy picturesque views of the fishing port and the walled medina
  • See the famous rows of cannons facing the Atlantic Ocean
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    French and English Speaking Guide:
    01 May - 31 Oct: Daily


    Approx. 11.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0730h (07:30am)
    Duration: Approx. 11.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Pick-up is from centrally located hotels in Marrakech.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
    If your hotel is not centrally located and therefore not a pick-up location, please call the local agency on arrival in Marrakech to confirm your meeting point.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    On this day excursion from Marrakech, explore the varied facets of Essaouria, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt towns in Morocco. A famous trading post 3000 years ago, its stunning beaches have made it the mecca for surfing enthusiasts today.

    Essaouria has always been a cradle for artists of all genres and poets, scientists have artists flock to it for centuries. Its main square is worth a visit as this is where all the main cafes, restaurants and patisseries are clustered.

    The old harbour has fine examples of both Portuguese and Moroccan architecture, as does the 17th century Mosque and the local artists quarter. Enjoy picturesque views of the fishing port and the walled medina from the bastion of Skala du Port.

    There is plenty of time at leisure for you to enjoy the charms of this resort.


    0730h (7:30am): You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Marrakech for this tour.

    The breakdown of your itinerary is as follows:

    Stop for a coffee break followed by a visit to a Women’s Argan oil co-operative on the way.

    1000h (10:00am): Arrive in Essaouira and set out for a complete guided visit.

    Visit the Skala du Port , a fantastic fort that is famous for its rows of gigantic canons that face the Atlantic Ocean. Tour a municipal market, visit the District of Jewellers and discover exquisite Moroccan handicrafts in the medina. The medina of Essaouria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    1020h (10:20am): Refreshment stop (payable direct).

    Continue with your guided tour.

    1300h (1:00am) – 1700h (5:00pm): Stop for lunch (payable direct). There are plenty of fine seafood restaurants in Essaouria. After lunch, the rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy the charms of this resort. You can explore the Main Square, which is just across the port. It is a lively hub of cafes, patisseries and restaurants.

    1900h (7:00pm): Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or the closest drop-off point in Marrakech.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Pick-up from centrally located hotels
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
    • English and French speaking guide
    • Entrance fees to all sites visited


    • Meals
    • Beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    It is advisable to re-confirm the tour departure details 48 hours prior to the start of the our as this tour has a minimum passenger requirement of 8 people, if this is not met the tour would either be rescheduled for another date or cancelled with a full refund

    If you are staying in a Riad or outside the city centre you must call the local operator on arrival in Marrakech to confirm the pick up point.

    Please carry I.D (passport or identity card).

    Tour details subject to change in case of unpredictable events.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    In case of emergencies, you can contact our local partner at (+ 212) 661 597 037.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • An excellent tour.

      This tour was excellent. Essaouira is a lovely town and very relaxed. The trip to Essaouira was interesting in itself and when we got there we had plenty of time to see...

      Mr D Rees
    • Jimi Hendrix Experience:))

      Picked up at Hotel as stated on print out didn't even need to re-confirm time although booked in January .Well impressed. Great Guide & Driver who even lent me dirham to tip...

      D Curry
    • A very enjoyable trip - worth doing

      I was a bit unsure of where to meet the bus, I am a solo lady traveller but there was no problem. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful, he was very informative about the...

      P A McFarlane
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