Essaouira full day trip from marrakech

  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
  • Best day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
Our day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will begin with a drive along the Haouz plains. Once in Chichaoua village located halfway, stop for a cup of coffee before you continue your journey. Upon approaching Essaouira, you will cross the Argan trees forest, where you will spot some goats climbing the trees. Stop and take some photos before you carry on to Essaouira.
To watch how the Argan oil (also called liquid gold, or Moroccan oil) is extracted, you will visit a local ladies’ cooperative to learn how some fine cosmetic products are locally made out of the rich Argan oil.
From here, we will carry on to Essaouira. Upon arrival, you will explore the beautiful city at your leisure. Out of experience, Exploring Essaouira is easy on your own: Locals are very friendly, the Medina is pretty small (compared to other old towns in Morocco), and its streets are in order.
You do not need a guide for the tour of the city. You can easily explore the Medina on your own as its streets are aligned opposite each other unlike every other maze-like Medina in Morocco. Should you insist on one, your driver will help you hire a local guide.
First, you can visit the harbor with its fishing port and old Portuguese fortifications. You can still see medieval war cannons aligned in order and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Medina ( old city ) with its well-kept fortification dating to the 18th century. The major landmark of the Medina is La Scala, which was built against foreign attacks from the sea. You can continue to Bab Laalouj ( One of the main gates of Essaouira, then to the Mellah ( the old Jewish quarter.
Along the way, various art shops, galleries, souvenir shops, and Thuya woodcraft shops are aligned in order. Choose one of the local Restaurants for a delicious seafood lunch and head to Kasbah famous for having served as a military bastion.
If you are a beach lover, enjoy a walk along the sandy beach of Mogador, and maybe watch locals playing beach ball. If you are brave enough, why not join a game for a few minutes? People from Essaouira are very friendly!! If not you can sunbathe while watching waterspouts amateurs kitesurfing or windsurfing.
Late in the afternoon, drive back to Marrakech, and your full-day tour to Essaouira will end with a drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech.



  • Medina of Essaouira – named Mogador, Unesco World Heritage
  • Walk along the Essaouira ramparts
  • Incredible view from Skala du Port
  • Walking on the Essaouira Beach
  • Essaouira fishing port- admire the blue wooden fishing boats
  • Eating fresh fish and seafood
RETURN TIME:  Approximately 06:00 PM


  • Pick up from your hotel or the nearest car-accessible point to your Riad in Marrakech
  • Modern air-conditioned Minibus (Maximum 17 passengers)
  • Drop off at your hotel or Marrakech city center


  • Lunch & Beverages
  • Local guide un Essaouira


Tour Plan:

Marrakech-Essaouira (191km- 2 h 40 min)
The Essaouira excursion from Marrakech involves a drive of around 2 hours and 40 minutes from Marrakech to this delightful old coastal town. You are picked up from your hotel/riad or hostel in Marrakech before 8.00 a.m. and we make our way across the stunning landscapes of the R207 route to the coast.

Along the way, we shall stop to see the argan trees where small goats clamber up the low branches and an absolute must when it comes to getting a photo opportunity. Also along the way, we will stop off at a women’s cooperative where argan oil is produced. The oil is extracted from the kernels of the tree and is a delicious accompaniment to a Moroccan bread meal or simply for drizzling over a pitta bread. The oil is also used as a beauty product for skin and hair treatment.

Then we will continue the road and we will arrive in the port city where you’ll see the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. The vibrant old town (medina) is a world heritage site, and it won’t take you much to realize just why.

After walking through the medina, we will go to the port where you will be amazed by the thousands of friendly fishermen, the life in the port, and at the end, you can enjoy a delicious meal of fresh fish and seafood prepared with great care. Then you can walk on the beach. There is a long prom on the beachfront where a sandy beach welcomes bathers and those who wish to relax in the sun on the golden sands of this charming city. Around 4 pm we will take the road to Marrakech. Once again you’ll be able to enjoy the surrounding sunset as the sun begins to set in the late afternoon.

3 reviews for Essaouira full day trip from marrakech

  1. Gaby pigna

    Dounia was amazing – she helped us organize our perfect trip! This was incredibly helpful, she made a detailed itinerary, and answered all of our endless questions. She was super understanding of our minimal budget and was very helpful organizing things accordingly. This service is incredible for it’s price and I highly recommend it! Dounia was outstanding and made all of our wishes come true! Cannot recommend this enough!

  2. Foskett Lucas

    We had a brilliant trip with Abderrahim and Mustafa. Easy pick-up locations and on time with information 24hrs in advance via WhatsApp, Whilst it’s a long drive, had a few stops on the way looking for goats in trees, at the Argan oil center to see how it is made, and with some good information from Mohammed about Morocco and Essaouira, Had 4 hours exploring Essaouira and relaxing on the beach, having fresh fish from the market was a highlight! Would recommend it as a break from the busyness of Marrakech.

  3. Maria Battarbee

    Had an amazing day in Essaouira our guide Abdou was both knowledgeable and fun. He even came to check we were alright getting food. The fish restaurant we went to was fantastic fresh fish chosen by us and cooked for us. The medina was clean and safe and the scenery was beautiful. Thank you

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