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Agadir/Taghazout: Marrakech Trip with Licensed Tour Guide

Agadir/Taghazout: Marrakech Trip with Licensed Tour Guide

Depart Agadir or Taghazout early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (the old city of Marrakech). Start by stopping outside the historical walls of the Koutoubia Mosque and strolling thorugh the square of Jamaa El Fana.  Have the option to purchase a ticket to the Bahia Palace. If you wish to visit the Bahia palace and Badii palace please skip or leave the group and tell your guide to set a meeting point with him for lunch (not included in the price). At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors, and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Women's Argan Co-Op Visit

Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Women's Argan Co-Op Visit

Begin your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech with a walk along the fertile plains of Haouz to the city of Chichaoua, where you'll stop for a coffee break before continuing to Essaouira. On your way, cross a forest of argan trees. Learn how argan is extracted during a visit to a local women’s cooperative. Get an inside look at how natural cosmetics are made locally from the argan seed. Afterward, continue to Essaouira. Arrive in Essaouira and have time to explore the city at your leisure. Then, visit the fishing port. Cross the Medina of Essaouira, with its souks, traditional stalls, art galleries, and woodwork workshops. Explore the art of cedarwood inlay and enjoy the beautiful objects presented by craftsmen through the medina's alleys. Visit the ramparts and gates of Essaouira, the Essaouira Citadel, military buildings, and two main fortifications: the city walls and the Sqala du Port d' Essaouira. In the late afternoon, return to Marrakech with an included transfer.

From Marrakech: Essaouira & Atlantic Coast Full-Day Trip

From Marrakech: Essaouira & Atlantic Coast Full-Day Trip

Experience the bohemian vibe of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast on a full-day tour from Marrakech. Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle across west Morocco, enjoying views of the arid landscape and argan trees en route (subject to availability). Stop at the town of Chichaoua for coffee. Arrive in Essaouira approximately 2 hours after your departure from Marrakech. Get your 1st views of more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) of golden beaches, popular with surfers for the constant, bracing winds. Once in Essaouira you are free to explore the medina and Portuguese architecture on your own. self guided to the Skala du Port and bastion southeast of the medina.  Stroll the labyrinthine streets of the medina, hearing traditional Gnaoua Muic music on every corner. Watch artisans at work, crafting thuya wood crafts. Continue to the fishing port to see the fishermen selling their catch of the day. Taste fresh seafood over lunch in the port. Then, take a walk along the beach before your transfer back to Marrakech.  En route, stop at an argan oil cooperative to see how the Berber ladies process the traditional argan oil, known locally as “liquid gold.”

From Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira by Van

From Marrakech: Full-Day Trip To Essaouira by Van

Your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will start with a scenic drive through the Haouz plains. Upon reaching the village of Chichaoua, midway through your journey, you'll pause for a delightful cup of coffee. As you continue your drive, you'll traverse the argan forest and make a stop at a local women's cooperative to learn about the production of fine cosmetic products made from argan oil. Upon arrival in Essaouira, you'll have the freedom to explore the beautiful city at your own pace. With its welcoming locals and tidy streets, navigating the medina is a breeze. Begin your exploration at the fishing port, where ancient Portuguese fortifications and medieval war cannons overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Wander through the well-maintained fortifications of the 18th-century medina, and delve into the historic Bab Laalouj and Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. Peruse the various art shops, souvenir galleries, and thuya wood craft shops that line the streets. Indulge in a delicious seafood lunch at one of the local cafes before visiting the kasbah, renowned for its role as a military stronghold. If you're a beach enthusiast, take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shores and even enjoy a friendly game with the locals, known for their warmth and hospitality. As the afternoon draws to a close, you'll bid farewell to Essaouira and embark on your return journey to Marrakech. Your day trip concludes with a drop-off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad. Enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off from all hotels in Marrakech or the nearest accessible point to the Riad in the old city.

Ful day trip to Essaouira the Mogador magic

Ful day trip to Essaouira the Mogador magic

Visit the historic port city of Essaouira on a full-day trip from Marrakech, and spend the day exploring traditional Medina full of beautiful architecture, and Morocco’s laid-back, seaside culture. You’ll see how argan oil is extracted, and visit Essaouira’s Medina, a unesco World Heritage Site. After 1,5 hours we have the first stop break time 15 mn and the second stop will be at a small argan oil cooperative run by local women to learn how the Argan oil is extracted and used with the option to purchase oil direct from the producers before continuing to Essaouira. Once in Essaouira, you will have free time to explore the old Medina and the beautiful ramparts including the Sekkala, the old harbor, and fish markets, on your own and enjoy a seafood lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you can enjoy a walk along the beautiful beach and take some amazing photos of this amazing sand beach before driving back to Marrakech by the end of the afternoon.

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Day Trip

Essaouira day trip from Marrakech offers a delightful escape to the coastal city known for its vibrant culture, captivating history, and picturesque scenery. Departing from Marrakech in the morning, you'll embark on a scenic drive through the Moroccan countryside towards the Atlantic coast. Upon arrival in Essaouira, you'll be greeted by the city's charming blue and white medina walls, which create a striking contrast against the azure sea. As you step into the narrow winding streets of the medina, you'll find yourself immersed in a lively atmosphere filled with colorful shops, bustling markets, and the aroma of freshly cooked seafood. Stroll along the ancient ramparts that encircle the city, offering panoramic views of the ocean and the picturesque harbor filled with traditional blue fishing boats. The refreshing sea breeze and the sound of seagulls overhead create a serene ambiance as you explore the charming streets lined with art galleries, handicraft shops, and quaint cafés. The beach in Essaouira is a popular spot for relaxation and water activities. Feel the sand between your toes as you take a leisurely walk along the shoreline or enjoy a refreshing dip in the Atlantic waters. You may even have the opportunity to witness local fishermen skillfully maneuvering their boats or practicing the age-old art of net fishing. Seafood lovers will delight in the abundance of fresh seafood available in Essaouira. Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, where you can indulge in the city's famous grilled fish and other local specialties. Afterward, take your time to continue exploring the city's cultural landmarks, such as the Skala de la Ville, a fortification offering stunning views of the coast, or the lively Place Moulay Hassan, where you can soak in the lively atmosphere and observe the local way of life. As the day comes to a close, you'll embark on the return journey to Marrakech, carrying with you memories of Essaouira's charm, coastal beauty, and vibrant cultural scene.

From Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

From Marrakech: Essaouira Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will begin with driving 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 the liquid gold or Moroccan oil) is extracted, you will visit a local ladies’ cooperative to learn how some fine cosmetic products are made locally out of the rich Argan oil. From here, we will carry on to Essaouira. Upon arrival, you will explore the beautiful city at 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 definitely 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. Please 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. Various art shops, galleries, souvenir shops, and Thuya wood craft shops are aligned in order. Choose one of the local cafes 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 amicable!! 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 hotel or the nearest car-accessible point to your riad. (5 hours Drive)

Transport to Essaouira shared group

Transport to Essaouira shared group

We offer the shared transfers from Marrakech to essaouira or from essaouira to marrakech. 3 hours drive from to Essaouira. our confortable car or van. And our friendly driver, will pick you up from your accommodation in marrakech or essaouira. or from the airport. our service is very confortable and relax. Including stop on the way. And we make it easy for you. Our professional driver will call the hotel before we dropped you off to send some one to guided you to the hotel or riad. Then we say goodbye to each other.

Essaouira Day trip shared group

Essaouira Day trip shared group

The pickup will be at 8 or 8h30am. From the hotel or the nearest meeting point in Marrakech 3 hours drive to Essaouira. First stop it will be in 1 and half hours in sidi El Mokhtar fo toilette and if you want to drink some thing. Next stop it will be in a women cooperative Of the argan oil. After 1 hour drive Then drop off in Essaouira after 25 minutes drive. 4 hours free visite back to Marrakech at 4pm The pickup will be at 8 am then you will be personally transported through the vast and breathtaking Moroccan landscape to Essaouira. On the journey you may see a few scattered villages and some camels, sheep and goats grazing in the countryside. The vegetation then changes to Argan trees that only grow in the wild and which provide berries for local goats to eat. If you wish, stop for Argan oil tasting in a small cooperative run by local women, where the Argan oil is extracted from the trees. This multipurpose oil is very famous for its uses in cooking and also in cosmetics. Nearby you can gaze at a panoramic view of Essaouira, a charming and artistic blue and white town. Once you arrive in Essaouira, you can explore its peculiar wonders at your leisure. Stroll along the quays, where you can watch fishermen unloading their catch of the day and fishing boats coming back to shore, or enjoy the many good restaurants at the port and dine on fresh fish and seafood. Essaouira is a picturesque and diverse town where you can explore the historic ramparts and visit the Medina full of local artists selling their crafts made of Thuya wood. The ramparts will give you an insight in to how this old seaport village was armed against the threat of invasion. Marquetry still remains a traditional specialty of Essaouira; and another beautiful attraction of the region is its tranquil beach, where you could easily spend a relaxing and peaceful afternoon. The return will be in the evening around 4 or 5 pm drive back to Marrakech. Drop off at your hotel or Riad. End of the trip Thank you in advance

From Marrakech: Essaouira Private Full-Day Trip

From Marrakech: Essaouira Private Full-Day Trip

Take a full-day private trip to Essaouira, one of Morocco’s most attractive coastal towns. Admire its undeniable charm, with whitewashed and blue shuttered houses, art galleries, wood workshops, fishermen and colorful boats, all enclosed by ancient red walls. Your private tour starts with pickup at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Depart Marrakech, driving through lush valleys filled with orange groves, ancient olive trees, and working farms. Stop at Chichaoua for a coffee or snack at Cafe Afoulki. Continue past your first Argan trees. These special trees are valued for their nutritive, cosmetic, and medicinal properties. A relic species from the Tertiary Period, it is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of southwestern Morocco and, while now endangered, under the protection of UNESCO. Arrive in Essaouira and wander the ancient streets, where it’s easy to imagine life before you. The streets have a Portuguese feel after they renamed the city in the 16th century and used it as a port city of their own. Dine on fish straight from the sea at any number of local restaurants, and ride a camel on the beach. After some free time to explore on your own, return to Marrakech for drop-off at your hotel or riad.

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What people are saying about Chichaoua

Overall rating

4.4
(21 reviews)

We spent a very good day in Essaouira, a very pretty little fishing town, typical and authentic. The 4 hours granted to us in free time allow everyone to live their experience as they wish. Ibrahim and Omar are very friendly and outgoing people. The careful driving on the part of Ibrahim and the interesting information on the history of Morocco that Omar knows perfectly, moreover he takes the time to translate into the different languages (for us in French despite a majority of English speakers) which is very appreciable. It’s an excursion that we recommend with your eyes closed 😊

The trip was as described and the time given was enough. Our two guides were really the best you can wish for. Omar is a great driver. He sticks to speed limits and drove very smooth so you could relax and enjoy the ride. Ibrahim was very attentive and always ready to give advice in case it was needed. I can only recommend this trip

Omar and his cousin Ibrahim provided us a pleasant trip to Essaouira, explaining us the history of the city and of Morocco. There were also stops for tea or snakes and to see how the real Argan oil is made. Essaouira is really beautiful, with its medina on the sea.

A nice day out away from busy Marrakesh. Omar and Ibrahim were excellent guides and it was really good to get some of Moroccan history during the trip.

The trip was very nice and well organized! Our tour guide explained everything really well and was super nice! Highly recommended!