Experience a dose of daily life in Essaouira with a local guide who’ll take you to the fishing port and up onto the ramparts of this mesmerizing Moroccan city. Enjoy pastries made from time-honored recipes and fresh catch for lunch at the fish market.
What to Expect
Immerse yourself in the sensory overload that is Essaouira. This fascinating city is a bit off the beaten path, meaning that it’s full to the brim with authentic local life just waiting to be explored.
The seaside medina is home to local fishermen hauling in their daily catch as well as family bakeries churning out traditional pastries, and on this 3-hour Essaouira tour you’ll get to experience all of this and more!
After meeting your local guide under the clock tower just inside the medina walls, you’ll begin your Essaouira city tour with a stop at the oldest pastry shop in the city. As Essaouira was once home to a large Jewish community, the pastries made here are time-honored family recipes you won't find elsewhere in Morocco.
Next, you’ll head up onto the ramparts of the city and to an old watchtower, where you’ll have impressive 360-degree views of Essaouira, its port, and the ocean.
Head deep into the medina, the center of the action in Essaouira. Meet a local artist in his studio and check out some of his work, discovering Moroccan artwork at the source. See a brief demonstration on Arabic calligraphy from a local artist as well.
Take in the atmospheric fish market and enjoy a savory lunch of grilled fish. Being on the coast, you can definitely expect the freshest and most sustainable seafood to choose from. Sit down at wood benches and tables, right alongside the locals, and pick your fresh fish to be grilled.
Finally, you’ll head outside the medina to try a typical Moroccan dessert, and then finish up at an herbalist's shop to wash everything down with an aromatic Moroccan royal tea, a proprietary blend mixed right on the spot!
Once the tour ends, your local guide will be happy to give you some more recommendations for things to see in Essaouira, or assist you in finding your way back to your accommodation.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Selected food and drink tastings
- Entrance to the watchtower
What's Not Included
- Additional food and drinks
- Personal shopping
- Tips/gratuities for the guide
Know Before You Go
The tour operator believes in responsible travel. Please bring a refillable bottle for water so you can keep hydrated, especially on hot days. A reusable bag is also recommended to carry purchases, to reduce plastic bag waste.
Please be considerate of local traditions and wear appropriate clothing. We recommend that both men and women be covered from the shoulders to the knees. As you will be walking over some uneven terrain, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen may be necessary.
Mornings can be cool so a warm layer is advised. An umbrella, rain jacket, and close-toed shoes may be necessary in January and February.
Be sure to bring an extra layer of clothing for your visit to the top of the watchtower, due to the extreme winds.
Children from 6-11 are allowed to join this tour.