MARRAKECH TO ESSAOUIRA
1 DAY TRIP
An exciting day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira
Take photos with goats climbing Argan trees.
Visit cooperative of Berber women producing Argan oil.
Admire the beauty of Essaouira old town on a day trip
Place Moulay El Hassan
Art galleries, Thuja woodworkers or shop in the souk
The Jewish district called Derb Lealouj
Enjoy fresh seafood in tiny restaurants selected from the fish market
Enjoy a long walk around the beach of Essaouira
Essaouira is located at 175 km from Marrakech, it is seaside medieval city with an old Portuguese harbor. Essaouira, formerly the old Mogador, is known for its annual festival of [Gnaoua Music], its medina is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The modern name means "The little rampart", a reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city.
The drive lasts only 2h40 drive each way. The roads are straight mostly, the pleasant climate and the variety of things to see & do makes from Essaouira a must do day tour.
You will have free time to explore this easygoing town at your own pace and meet your driver around 3 p.m to make it back to Marrakech. You definitely won't be in need of a tour guide to venture around the little town.
You'll be picked up from your Hotel / Hostel/ Riad in Marrakech at 8.00 a.m by one of our staff. Along the way we shall stop to have rest, coffee break if you7d like to, and if you have the chance you might encounter the Argan trees where small goats clamber up the low branches and feed. Sometimes there are as many as 20 goats sitting up in one tree. It is a fascinating sight 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.
Once in Essaouira you will get to wander in the city at your own pace and visit many of Essaouira's highlights...
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. To this end, you should bring swimwear, sunblock and a towel along with you for your time on beach.
Our return journey will leave for Marrakech to arrive back in time for 6.00 pm. Once again you’ll be able to enjoy the surrounding sunset as the sun begins to set in the late afternoon. Essaouira is a popular stopover point for most tourists visiting Morocco.
Hotel / Hostel/ Riad Pickup
English/ French speaking driver
Transportation and driver
Transfers from and to Marrakech
Lunch and drinks
Know before you go
Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, Sun hat and a camera