essaouria fishing fleet





Essaouira street art man with mask 2

With its long beach, calm harbor and friendly locals, Essaouira has developed into one of the more tranquil spots in Morocco. Windsurfers glide over the waves, the call of seagulls echo, and fishing boats pull into harbor. The salt air provides crisp respite after a few days in Marrakesh or the heat of the Sahara.

A day in Essaouira

Departure time at 8 am. Our driver will pick you from your hotel in Marrakesh to enjoy your sea breeze day.

This area is famous because of the argan trees that provide the nuts for argan oil.  On our way from Marrakesh to Essaouira we can visit a woman’s argan oil cooperative.   We will stop to take photos of the trees and the goat shepherds and their families.

 We will arrive in Essaouira at lunch time and you have the rest of the day to enjoy yourself.  You can have a delicious fresh fish lunch at the port or pick a beach front restaurant, after which you can walk inside the 18th century medina and you can also discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa. If you prefer we can arrange for a guide, at an extra cost, to take you through the medina.  

The Portuguese were responsible for the construction of the massive stone walls that still surround the old medina of Essaouira. This, among other reasons, is why it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In the late afternoon we returned to Marrakesh with the certainty that this day was a highlight of your Morocco visit. 

Susan’s Tip: there are many wonderful products at the Women’s Argan Cooperative. If you want to take them home, get wrapped securely and place in your checked luggage.