Top 7 things to do in Essaouira
The medieval architecture of this town is so splendid it was used as a backdrop in the film 'Othello'. This town has much to offer midway down on the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Agadir. Fresh seafood, colorful bazaars, hiking, beaches, and desert adventures await you here!
A wonderful labyrinth of streets, this 18th mid-century fortified town was built with the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context.
2. Skala du Port
This active fishing port is pleasurably mesmerizing to watch as the fishing boats dock. You can even see wooden boats being made and the Île de Mogador in the distance.
A former hippy enclave where The Rolling Stones used to hang out. Visit the ruined palace and Ranch de Diabat for horse and camel rides -- Moador Golf Academy is also nearby.
4. Hammam Lalla Mira
Heated by solar energy, this is one of the oldest Turkish baths providing a stunning interior and offering blissful massages. It's part of a guesthouse, so booking is essential.
5. Musee Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah
Anthropology and art unite at this quaint refurbished museum of regional art in a traditional house showcasing weapons, instruments, carpets, and historical photos of Essaouira.
6. Cooperative Feminine Marjana
Half an hour out of Essaouira, this is an escape from the norm, where the women make argan oil for sale using traditional methods of argan and almond oil extraction.
The strong winds are ideal for kite and windsurfing, and the watersports center by the promenade offers advice for novices and equipment to rent for more experienced enthusiasts.
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Planning Your Visit
Are solo women travelers safe?
Essaouira is more relaxed and laid back than other Moroccan cities, but of course there's always exceptions, so always take care. Be aware that Moroccan men are not used to seeing bare shoulders and ankles, so that might attract some attention. Remaining pleasant, but assertive is the best way to act.
Is a day trip to Marrakech easy to do?
Yes, and it gives you a chance to see more of the countryside. You can either rent a car, go by bus, or hire a private driver -- which is more expensive. The cheap return bus runs twice per day, although you will be limited with times, and the journey takes 3 hours by bus.
I've heard of goats climbing trees here -- myth or fact?
Indeed they do! It's their special quirk in this area of Morocco. They're skilled climbers that are attracted to the Argan tree, which ripens in June/July each year. Each hoof has two toes which can spread out for balance, while the soft soles of their feet help them to grip the bark. Seeing 20 goats up a tree is a sight to behold!
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- Fall tends to be the best time to visit when the winds are calmer, sunshine and heat is not as intense as in the summertime, and the tourist crowds have departed.
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What people are saying about Essaouira
Hicham driver super nice comfortable transport 4 hours of time in Essaouira who gives time to hang around here and there. Fresh fish grilled on the barbecue to the left of the large square before the medina, you choose your fish (sole, sea bream, sardines, shrimps and you negotiate the prices.
Our driver Abdu was very kind and professional. He took us different places and gave us clear information about our trip. We would have enjoyed more free time in the city so the city guide could be optional but the rest was a nice experience.
Everyone at explora was so hospitable! I learned so much from my surf instructor and had a fun day hanging in essaouira with the locals. Highly recommend!
The trip was well organized and our driver, Said, was amazing. He was very friendly and even adaped to our needs.
Just as the described in the description, lovely day trip out of Marrakech! A must, would definitely go again!