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Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip

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  • 1 Day
  • Max People : 18
  • Wifi Available
  • Available all round year & Guaranteed departure.
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle & Driver English speaking.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off.

A Marrakech to Essaouira day trip offers a captivating journey from the bustling city of Marrakech to the coastal charm of Essaouira. This guided excursion takes you through picturesque landscapes, allowing you to explore the rich culture and history of both cities.

Starting in Marrakech, you’ll embark on a scenic drive towards Essaouira, known for its laid-back atmosphere and stunning coastal views. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the vibrant medina, where narrow streets are lined with shops showcasing local crafts and fresh seafood stalls.

Visit historical sites like the Skala de la Ville and the vibrant Moulay Hassan Square. Feel the ocean breeze as you stroll along Essaouira’s sandy beaches, and perhaps engage in water activities or simply relax by the shore.

Indulge in the unique blend of Moroccan and Portuguese influences in Essaouira’s architecture and cuisine. The day trip offers a perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, providing a memorable experience for those seeking a break from the vibrant energy of Marrakech.

Book your Marrakech to Essaouira day trip for a day filled with cultural discovery, scenic beauty, and the enchanting allure of the Moroccan coast.

Departure & Return Location

Marrakech

Depart & Arrival Time

8h00 AM / ≈ 20:00

Duration

10 hours

 

Type

Private & Group 

 

Price Includes

  • Convenient pick-up service from your hotel or the nearest car-accessible point to your Riad in Marrakech.
  • Comfortable travel in an air-conditioned modern minibus, accommodating no more than 17 passengers. The minibus will be driven by an English/French-speaking driver.
  • Drop-off service at your hotel or in Marrakech city center.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and beverages are not included.
  • The services of a local guide in Essaouira are not part of the package.

Essaouira Day Trip Highlights from Marrakech:

  • Fishing Port Stroll: Wander to the Essaouira fishing port and marvel at the picturesque blue boats, immersing yourself in the vibrant maritime atmosphere.
  • Skala Kasbah Visit: Explore the historic Skala Kasbah, once a formidable citadel during times of war. Discover its rich history and panoramic views.
  • Art Galleries Exploration: Delve into the artistic side of Essaouira by visiting the charming art galleries scattered throughout the Medina, showcasing local creativity.
  • Medina Stroll: Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Medina of Essaouira, where narrow streets beckon exploration. Discover the unique blend of culture and history at your own pace.
  • Seafood Delight: Indulge in a delectable seafood lunch at a local café terrace, savoring the fresh flavors of the coastal cuisine.
  • Beach Sunbathing: Unwind and soak up the sun at the 6 km long sandy beach, relishing the serene coastal beauty that Essaouira has to offer.
What to Expect

Embark on a captivating day trip from Marrakech to uncover the hidden gem of the Atlantic coast – Essaouira, also known as Mogador. Renowned for its fortified Medina and bustling fishing port, Essaouira captivates with its artsy, hippy atmosphere and pleasant year-round climate. The convenient 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Marrakech makes it an immensely popular day trip. This excursion is available daily, with bookings requiring only one person.

  • Scenic Drive: Enjoy a comfortable 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Marrakech to Essaouira, witnessing picturesque landscapes along the way.
  • Historical Riches: Explore the Skala Kasbah, a historic citadel, and delve into the cultural and architectural heritage of Essaouira.
  • Artistic Discoveries: Immerse yourself in the vibrant artistic scene with visits to Essaouira's charming art galleries, showcasing the local talent.
  • Medina Exploration: Stroll through the winding streets of the Essaouira Medina, where you can navigate at ease, discovering hidden gems and cultural insights.
  • Coastal Charm: Visit the fishing port to witness the bustling activity of blue boats and soak in the authentic maritime atmosphere.
  • Culinary Delights: Indulge in a seafood lunch at a local café terrace, savoring the fresh flavors of the coastal cuisine.
  • Beachside Relaxation: Unwind on the 6 km long sandy beach, enjoying the sun and sea breeze, and perhaps partake in water activities or simply enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Hippie Vibe: Experience the artsy and hippy atmosphere that sets Essaouira apart, creating a unique and laid-back ambiance.
  • Flexible Exploration: Enjoy the freedom to explore Essaouira at your own pace, making the most of the day trip experience tailored to your preferences.
  • Return Journey: Conclude your day with a return trip to Marrakech, filled with memories of Essaouira's coastal beauty and cultural richness.
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Itinerary

Day 1Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip

Embark on a picturesque day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, starting with a scenic drive across the Haouz plains. Pause at Chichaoua village for a delightful coffee break before continuing towards Essaouira. En route, witness the Argan trees forest, where goats may be spotted climbing trees—a unique photo opportunity.

Visit a local ladies’ cooperative to witness the extraction of Argan oil, also known as “liquid gold” or Moroccan oil, and learn about the creation of fine cosmetic products.

Upon arrival in Essaouira, explore the city at your own pace. The city is easily navigable, thanks to friendly locals and well-organized streets. If desired, your driver can assist in hiring a local guide.

Start your exploration by visiting the harbor with its fishing port and old Portuguese fortifications. Explore the Medina with its 18th-century fortifications, highlighting La Scala. Discover Bab Laalouj, one of Essaouira’s main gates, and venture into the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. The Medina is dotted with art shops, galleries, souvenir stores, and Thuya wood craft shops.

Indulge in a seafood lunch at a local cafe before heading to Kasbah, known for its military history. Beach lovers can enjoy a stroll along Mogador’s sandy shores, watching locals engage in beach activities. Join a game or simply sunbathe while observing watersports enthusiasts.

In the late afternoon, begin your return journey to Marrakech, concluding your memorable Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip with a drop-off at your hotel or the nearest car-accessible point to your riad.

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FAQ

How far is Essaouira from Marrakech?

The distance between Marrakech and Essaouira is 190 km (118 miles) via R207. The driving time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Is your shared tour to Essaouira a guided one?

Our Shared Marrakech to Essaouira tour is not a guided tour. You will have an English-speaking driver until Essaouira; then, you can explore the city independently. Your driver can recommend a local guide if you wish (fees to be agreed with him directly). Essaouira is easy to explore independently, and a local guide is optional.

Do you stop to take pictures of goats climbing Argan trees on the way?

Yes, we do. On the way to Essaouira, there will be an opportunity to take pictures of goats climbing Argan trees. Please note that the person herding the goats expects a tip.

Do you visit an Argan oil cooperative on the way to Essaouira?

Yes, we stop to visit a ladies’ Argan oil traditional factory. There is no obligation to buy, but each cooperative has a showroom.

How long do we spend in Essaouira?

You will arrive around noon and depart Essaouira for Marrakech around 16:00.

Can we swim in Essaouira?

Yes, you can swim on the beaches of Essaouira, but note that it is often windy. Bring your bathing suit and towel, and enjoy the unexpected warmth and sunshine in winter.

Can I join your day trip to Essaouira but spend a night there? Can the price be lowered?

You can join a one-way transfer to Essaouira, but the tour price remains the same. The total tour price is applicable.

Is hotel pick up and drop included?

Yes, pick-up and drop-off are included for hotels in car-accessible and central areas (Medina, Gueliz, L’hivernage). Additional details will be communicated if your location is not car accessible or is outside the specified areas.

Is Essaouira worth visiting?

Yes, the Marrakech to Essaouira tour is worthwhile. It’s one of the best day trips from Marrakech, offering beauty and a relaxing hippy atmosphere. Some visitors choose to stay in Essaouira for a few days.

What is Essaouira known for?

Essaouira is famous for its windy beach, windsurfing/kitesurfing, easy-to-explore Medina, harbor, Medina ramparts, seafood restaurants, fortified citadels with 18th-century war cannons, art galleries, Gnaoua music, and Argan oil.

What does Mogador mean?

The former name of the Essaouira Medina is Mogador. It is a uniquely built town surrounded by Vauban model walls, constructed according to contemporary European military architecture principles.

Can I bring my luggage on the shared tour?

Yes, you can bring your luggage on the shared tour. However, please inform us in advance so we can ensure ample space in the vehicle.

Are there restroom breaks during the journey?

Yes, there are scheduled restroom breaks during the journey to and from Essaouira for your convenience.

Is the Essaouira beach suitable for families?

Yes, the Essaouira beach is suitable for families. While it can be windy, the expansive sandy shores provide a great space for family activities and relaxation.

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