Essaouira Day Tour From Marrakesh – Shared and private day trip

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Essaouira Day Tour From Marrakesh – Shared and private day trip. discover the enchanting allure of Essaouira on a captivating day tour from Marrakech, a coastal gem formerly known as Mogador, echoing the ancient Phoenician word ‘Migdol,’ which translates to a ‘small fortress.’ Nestled 170 km from Marrakech along Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Essaouira beckons with its historical charm and UNESCO World Heritage status, enclosed within protective walls that encircle the medina.

In contrast to the bustling Marrakech, Essaouira’s medina, though smaller, unveils a treasure trove of artisanal wonders. The narrow labyrinthine streets lead you to discover an array of meticulously crafted products, showcasing the town’s rich cultural heritage. The medina, with its distinctive districts, offers a glimpse into the artisanal diversity that defines Essaouira.

Essaouira Day Tour From Marrakesh – Shared and private day trip from Marrakesh

Essaouira day tour from Marrakesh – Shared and private day trip. One of Essaouira’s notable highlights is its vibrant fishing port, a lively hub where azure-painted boats bob gently in the Atlantic breeze. As you meander through this captivating maritime setting, the rhythmic symphony of the ocean blends with the vibrant hues of the vessels. The port is a captivating visual spectacle, providing a unique insight into the town’s maritime heritage.

Essaouira day excursion from Marrakech delve further into Essaouira’s maritime charm by exploring the port’s bronze cannons, a testament to the town’s historical significance. Beyond the walls, a culinary adventure awaits as you indulge in delectable fish dishes crafted from the freshest seafood. Essaouira’s coastal setting ensures a gastronomic experience like no other, with the ocean’s bounty translated into an array of flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

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Essaouira day tour from marrakech starts at 8 but may be subject to change depending on the season…

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Shared Tour

Age category Adults (+12) Child (-11) Child (-4)
Price/P €30 €25 Not Permitted

Private Tour

GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
PRICE/P €80 €65 €60 €55 €50 €45 €40

  • Pick-up from your hotel or Airport.
  • AC and comfortable transport /4WD/Van/Bus, English/Spanish/French speaking driver.
  • Costs related to fuel, tolls, and any other associated expenses.

  • All your standard Meals and accomodation in Marrakech or Essaouira.
  • All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Tips for staffs and drivers.
  • lunche.
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Highlights of  Shared and private day trip to Essaouira

Essaouira day excursion from Marrakech takes around 2.5 to 3 hours by road. The drive is scenic, passing through diverse landscapes, including the countryside and possibly the Argan tree groves. Essaouira is known for its well-preserved historic Medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Argan tree groves, Argan groves, where the argan tree, commonly known as Argania spinosa, grows, dot the landscape. People primarily cultivate these groves in southwestern Morocco, notably in the regions of Souss-Massa, Essaouira, and Agadir. The argan tree thrives in arid conditions and plays a vital role in the local ecosystem.
  • Port and Fishing Harbor: Essaouira has a bustling port and fishing harbor. You can see traditional blue boats, observe local fishermen at work, and maybe even sample some fresh seafood.
    Beach Time: Essaouira boasts a beautiful beach where you can relax, take a stroll along the shore, or even try some water sports if that interests you.

Essaouira Medina day trip

  • Shopping in the Medina: Essaouira is known for its artisan scene. You can shop for local handicrafts, including woodwork, jewelry, and textiles. The medina is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs.
  • Gnawa Music: Essaouira is famous for its Gnawa music. You might encounter musicians playing traditional instruments in the streets, adding to the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
  • Culinary Delights: Essaouira offers a variety of dining options. You can enjoy fresh seafood at the port or explore the medina for local eateries serving traditional Moroccan cuisine.
  • Essaouira is known for its well-preserved historic medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site

Photography in Essaouira

Essaouira offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and coastal beauty, ideal for photography. The striking contrast of blue and white against the ocean creates picturesque scenes.

Tourism has been our hobby since childhood, starting in 1994. Over the years, we have continuously improved our experience by accompanying groups all over Morocco. In 2003, we began leading groups officially as licensed guides under Number 420. Finally, in 2018, we established a fully licensed Travel Company based in Marrakesh, operating under license number 10P/19.

This ample experience that we will share with you will undoubtedly guide you to an unforgettable tour in Morocco.

Essaouira day tour from Marrakech – Essaouira day excursion from Marrakech

Pick-up at your hotel in Marrakech or join the group at Jamaa Lafna square and embark on a westward Essaouira day tour from Marrakech lasting approximately 3 hours, crossing agricultural plains and occasionally driving through lunar and desert landscapes. Take a coffee break en route. The road passes through the expansive territory of the Argan tree, a plant unique to Morocco worldwide. A scheduled stop will allow you to observe the on-site production process of Argan oil in a cooperative.

Continuing on, enjoy a panoramic view of Essaouira’s vast beach and the city. Upon arrival, the remainder of the time is yours to explore freely and at your own pace in the quieter and safer environment of the city. Delve into the Skala, port, and bastion, wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina, and be serenaded by the sounds of traditional Gnawa music echoing from every street corner. Witness artisans at work, skillfully crafting objects from thuja wood. Proceed to the fishing port to observe local fishermen selling their daily catches, and savor fresh seafood during lunch at the port.

Following this, take a leisurely stroll along the beach before heading back to Marrakech. Reconnect with transportation at 4:00 PM for the return drive to Marrakech via the same route, arriving at the end of the day.

Key Facts

We’ve gathered a selection of commonly asked questions to provide you with further insight into this extraordinary Essaouira Day trip from Marrakesh.

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Group Leader & Support Team

The group will be led by a professional and qualified driver proficient in English or another language of your preference, depending on the confirmation date. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by a certified guide for a short visite lasting approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Notice: Essaouira guided visit is only for Private tour

Expending funds

Plan to hold around £50 per person (or its equivalent in US dollars or Euros) for tips, soft drinks, snacks, Lunch and other incidental expenses. Keep in mind that additional costs may arise for souvenirs, and optional activities, so it’s wise to budget for these separately.

Direction on gratuities

Tipping is the customary way to express gratitude to your local guides and porters. It’s important to note that tips do not constitute a part of their wages; rather, they are viewed as a personal gesture of appreciation from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are not obligatory or expected but are rather a reflection of the service provided.
It is customary for the group to collectively decide on the final amount of tips to be distributed among The Driver and guide, as their responsibilities differ. We suggest that approximately £15 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to our team.

Internet access

Upon your arrival at the airport, you can purchase a SIM card for 1 euro, or sometimes it’s free. Then, all you need to do is top it up with an internet option, and you’ll have a connection when needed. We recommend Maroc Telecom as the company, but please keep in mind that in some places, other companies might offer better service. It all depends on the reception in each area.

Group size & Tour Arrangements

All our Excursions, trekking and tours proposals in Morocco by Morocco hike tours are guaranteed for a minimum of two people. There is a required minimum number of participants to ensure the trip proceeds. Once this minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’

Health & Vaccinations

If you suffer from a severe allergy, kindly notify the Morocco Hike Tours Team (support) prior to your departure. While we will make every effort to assist you, please note that we cannot ensure an allergy-free environment during Your trip to Morocco. It is imperative that you carry your own allergy treatment, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not provided as standard equipment by Morocco Hike Tours leaders and staff. Upon arrival, please inform your leader about your allergy and indicate the location where you store your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations:&It’s advisable to reach out to your physician or travel clinic to verify if any particular vaccinations are necessary for your trip.

Passport & Visa

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • Less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Travelers hailing from the UK, US, and EU typically enjoy visa-free access to Morocco. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that visa regulations can undergo alterations. Ensuring compliance with visa prerequisites falls under your purview for this journey. Hence, we advise consulting the closest embassy or consulate pertaining to your designated destination(s), as well as any countries involved in transit or transfer.

Certain local authorities furnish information regarding the requisite visas for their nationals. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a set of helpful links below:


Morocco’s monetary unit is known as the Moroccan Dirham. Below are some currency exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily:
– 1 Pound Sterling = 12.5 Dirham
– 1 Australian Dollar = 6.5 Dirham
– 1 Canadian Dollar = 7.4 Dirham
– 1 US Dollar = 10.00 Dirham
– 1 Euro = 10.6 Dirham.

Washing Cloths

If you wish to have your clothes washed during this trekking in Morocco, it will be possible for an additional fee of 10 Dirhams per item (underwear not accepted) and 4/5 Dirhams per item for ironing.

Weather & Temperature

Essaouira has a mild and relatively stable climate throughout the year due to its location on the Atlantic coast. The weather is influenced by the ocean, providing moderate temperatures with small variations between seasons.

Travel Insurance

To participate in a holiday organized by Morocco Hike Tours, it is imperative that you possess a valid travel insurance policy. This insurance should adequately cover the expenses related to medical treatment and safeguard the value of your holiday in case of cancellation. Prior to obtaining insurance, please verify that the chosen policy provides coverage for the activities and altitudes specified in your itinerary.

In the event that one participant leaves the group for any reason, the customer must assume responsibility for the charges, and no reimbursement will be provided.

Booking Procedure & Payment

Please select the trek that piques your interest, then reach out to us via email to initiate a discussion regarding your preferred trek and to verify its availability. Once we have agreed upon the specifics of your trek, including its duration, route, and the number of participants, we will proceed to make a tentative reservation, providing you with the dates and associated costs.
To secure your booking, we kindly request a 20% deposit, which can be paid online through a bank transfer in Euros, pounds sterling, or US dollars. The remaining balance is settled upon arrival in Morocco, payable in cash using the same currencies—Euros, sterling, or dollars—at the outset of the trek.
Please note: Should you find it inconvenient to carry cash, you have the option to settle the balance online via bank transfer a few days prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Conditions

Our Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is canceled at the discretion of our agency, you will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid.
  • If the trip is canceled by you more than 31 days before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for two years (24 months).
  • If the trip is canceled by you less than one month (30 days or fewer) before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for one year (12 months).
Equipment list

This packing guide aims to assist you in organizing your belongings efficiently. It’s advisable to aim for minimal weight when packing your equipment.

Please ensure you have the following items with you:

  • Trainers or sandals to wear during your excursion.
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper during winter season.
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack 20 litres for your personal equipment
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Camera
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)
Is it possible to swim in Essaouira?

Essaouira is a coastal city in Morocco known for its long and beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The main beach, located near the city, offers good conditions for swimming.

If you're planning to swim, remember to bring the following items you'll need, depending on your preferences and the type of swimming you're doing: a towel, swim bag, flip-flops or sandals, water bottle, goggles, swim cap, and swimsuit.

Is it possible to swim in Essaouira?

Essaouira is a coastal city in Morocco known for its long and beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The main beach, located near the city, offers good conditions for swimming.

If you’re planning to swim, remember to bring the following items you’ll need, depending on your preferences and the type of swimming you’re doing: a towel, swim bag, flip-flops or sandals, water bottle, goggles, swim cap, and swimsuit.


This day excursion to Essaouira operates throughout the year and is available on any date of your choosing. We typically offer daily departures that individual travelers can join. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information or to reserve your spot! For private tours, you can choose your preferred departure date within the year.

Water sport

Windsurfing: Essaouira is known as one of the best windsurfing destinations in the world. With consistent winds blowing almost year-round, it offers ideal conditions for windsurfers of all levels, from beginners to experts. Please stay in contact if you require assistance.

Kitesurfing: Similar to windsurfing, kitesurfing is another popular water sport in Essaouira. The city’s wide sandy beaches and strong winds make it a haven for kitesurfers looking to catch some air and ride the waves. Please stay in contact if you require assistance.

Surfing: While not as famous for surfing as some other spots in Morocco, Essaouira still offers decent waves for surfers, especially beginners and intermediate riders.

Please stay in contact if you require assistance.

Camel and Horseback Riding:

Experience the beauty of Essaouira’s coastline on a camel or horseback ride along the beach. We offer you a guided tours that take you through the dunes and along the shoreline, providing breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Please stay in contact if you require assistance.

Essaouira Quad biking excursions

Quad biking excursions ranging from a couple of hours to full-day trips exploring the surrounding countryside on a quad bike can be an exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty of Essaouira’s surroundings. Please stay in contact if you require assistance.

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Essaouira day tour from Marrakech: is a city in the western part of Morocco, located on the Atlantic coast. The city is known for its well-preserved medina (old town), which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Essaouira has a rich history dating back to the Phoenician times. The city has been influenced by various cultures, including Portuguese, which is reflected in its architecture and traditions. The medina of Essaouira is a charming labyrinth of narrow streets, bustling markets, and historic buildings. It is surrounded by impressive stone ramparts and offers a mix of traditional Moroccan and European architectural styles. The city is renowned for its beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. The strong and consistent trade winds make Essaouira a great spot for these activities.

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