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#Marvelous Day Trip from Marrakech To Essaouira (Mogador)

Wonderfal Day Trip to Essaouira From Marrakech, Itinerary

Starting Location

Marrakech Accommodation

Starting time

Around 08:00 am

Tour’s Duration

1 Day

Ending Location

Marrakech Accommodation

Brief Itinerary of the Day Trip from Essaouira

Excursion To Essaouira Departure at 8 am. After about 3 hours, we reach the ancient port of Mogador, built by the Portuguese on a narrow peninsula with a huge sand crescent. Perfectly sheltered by stunning French-built walls of the eighteenth century, the city is largely pedestrian and is divided into various districts for design in grid form. Excursion To Essaouira

From the top of Skala, you can see the colorful fishing port and Spanish fortresses and guns.

Essaouira is also famous for its fine handicrafts, especially wooden objects (tuya) perfectly interspersed with lemonwood, ebony, nacre, or copper or silver threads. If you like to fish, enjoy a meal in the port. Evening return to Marrakech.

What to see and do in Essaouira, Mogador

Essaouira, a coastal town in Morocco, is known for its captivating charm and diverse attractions. Here are some of the highlights of Essaouira:

  1. Medina of Essaouira: The medina, or old town, of Essaouira, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its well-preserved fortifications, narrow streets, and whitewashed buildings with blue accents create a captivating atmosphere. Exploring the medina allows you to soak in the traditional Moroccan architecture, browse through shops selling local crafts and souvenirs, and savor the local street food.
  2. Skala de la Ville: Skala de la Ville is a fortified seafront rampart that offers panoramic views of the ocean and the medina. From this vantage point, you can witness the crashing waves, watch local fishermen at work, and enjoy stunning sunsets. The area also houses several small cannons and a picturesque watchtower.
  3. Essaouira Beach: The long sandy beach of Essaouira is a major highlight for visitors. It stretches for miles and offers a beautiful setting for relaxation, sunbathing, and beachside activities. The strong coastal winds make it a popular spot for wind and kitesurfing. You can rent equipment or take lessons to enjoy these thrilling water sports.
  4. Port of Essaouira: The port is a lively area filled with colorful fishing boats and bustling activity. It’s an interesting place to observe local fishermen bringing in their catches, as well as to sample and purchase fresh seafood. Strolling along the harbor, you’ll encounter various seafood restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the sea.
  5. Essaouira Ramparts: The ramparts encircle the medina and offer a scenic walk along the fortified walls. As you stroll along the ramparts, you can admire the views of the ocean, the medina, and the surrounding landscapes. It’s a great spot for photography and provides a different perspective of the town.
  6. Essaouira Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum: Housed in a former palace, the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum showcases a collection of Moroccan arts and crafts. The museum exhibits traditional artifacts, including Berber jewelry, woodwork, carpets, and historical documents. It provides insight into the region’s cultural heritage and craftsmanship.
  7. Essaouira Mogador Island: Located a short boat ride away from Essaouira, Mogador Island is a nature reserve known for its diverse bird species and scenic landscapes. Visitors can take a boat tour of the island and explore its rugged beauty, spot seagulls, cormorants, and other birds, or simply enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

These highlights of Essaouira offer a blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and outdoor activities, making it a must-visit destination in Morocco.

Tour Include :

  • English-speaking driver
  • Private 4×4 with AC
  • Fuel

Not included :

  • Flight ticket
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • What is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance to the monument

All the above-mentioned are not included in the price.

Why you should take a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira?

Experiencing a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira is important for several reasons:

  1. Coastal Beauty: Essaouira is a charming coastal town located on the Atlantic Ocean. It offers a refreshing change of scenery from the bustling city of Marrakech. The town is known for its picturesque beaches, vibrant blue and white buildings, and the scenic harbor. The coastal beauty and the laid-back atmosphere make Essaouira a popular destination for relaxation and beachside activities.
  2. Rich History and Culture: Essaouira has a rich history and cultural heritage. The town was once a major port and has been influenced by various civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Portuguese, and French. It has a unique blend of Moroccan and European architectural styles, with narrow streets, fortified walls, and traditional blue fishing boats lining the harbor. Exploring the medina (old town) of Essaouira is like stepping back in time, with its winding alleys, bustling souks (markets), and historic landmarks.
  3. UNESCO World Heritage Site: The medina of Essaouira is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is recognized for its outstanding example of a fortified coastal town and the fusion of Moroccan and European architectural influences. The medina is well-preserved and offers a glimpse into the town’s history and traditional way of life.
  4. Art and Crafts: Essaouira is known for its vibrant art scene and local crafts. The town has a thriving artistic community, with numerous galleries and workshops showcasing the work of local artists and artisans. You can browse through the art galleries, shop for unique handicrafts, and even watch artisans at work, creating traditional woodwork, pottery, and jewelry.
  5. Seafood Delicacies: Essaouira is renowned for its fresh seafood. The town’s coastal location ensures a bountiful supply of fish and shellfish. You can indulge in delicious seafood dishes at the local restaurants and savor the flavors of the ocean. Essaouira’s fish market is also a popular spot, where you can see fishermen bringing in their catches and choose from a variety of seafood to be cooked on the spot.
  6. Windsurfing and Water Sports: Essaouira is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, particularly windsurfers and kitesurfers. The town’s strong coastal winds and wide sandy beaches create ideal conditions for these activities. Whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner, you can rent equipment and take lessons to enjoy the thrill of windsurfing or kitesurfing in Essaouira.

By experiencing a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, you get to immerse yourself in the unique coastal beauty, explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn about the town’s history and culture, indulge in delicious seafood, and even engage in exciting water sports. It offers a well-rounded experience that complements the rich cultural and historical offerings of Marrakech.


Marrakech to Essaouira Day trip Map