It is a beautiful coastal city in Morocco, about a 2-hour drive from Marrakech. It’s known for its charming old town, historic fortifications, and stunning beaches. Here’s how to spend a day trip to Essaouira:
The best time to leave Marrakech for Essaouira is early in the morning, around 9:00 AM, to avoid traffic and crowds. You can either hire a taxi, take a bus or join a tour group.
Upon arriving, take a stroll through the city’s narrow lanes and visit the old medina’s souks, where you can find local crafts, spices, and souvenirs. Don’t forget to take a visit to the Skala de la Ville, a historic fortification that’s one of Essaouira’s most recognizable landmarks.
For lunch, try out the local seafood dishes. Essaouira is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, which is served in its markets and restaurants. Come to the port area and you’ll see dozens of small restaurants serving up grilled fish, shrimp, and other dishes.
Take a walking tour guided by one of the locals or via a tour company that can lead you through the city’s picturesque sites. Tour places like the Mellah (the Jewish District), the traditional carpet workshops, and the art galleries.
After your walking tour, take a trip to Essaouira’s long sandy beach, which is one of the city’s main attractions. It’s an ideal place to relax, watch the sunset, or take a camel or horse ride along the beach.
After an exciting day exploring Essaouira, it’s time to return to Marrakech. You can stay overnight if you’d like; there are plenty of nice hotels and restaurants where you can extend your stay for another day.
Mogador is a laid-back and enchanting city that’s ideal for a day trip from Marrakech. So, you mustn’t miss out on this opportunity.
Day trip to Essaouira-Atlantic Coast & ancient fortress starts around 8:00 am from your location in Marrakech and drives toward Essaouira, also the return will be in the late afternoon after exploring Medina and the coast. it is a leisurely drive to the Atlantic coast and the former Portuguese stronghold of Essaouira.
Despite seeing an increase in visitors over the year, this town remains one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets. Complete with a bustling historical center and surrounded by ancient city walls.
Essaouira is a delightful destination for a day trip. Explore the atmosphere and alleyways of the ancient medina. The old ochre ramparts now provide protection from the wind-assisted waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
In the late afternoon after a fresh lunch in the city. We will start driving back to Marrakech where our trip ends.