Essaouira day trip from Marrakech

Often referred to as the “Miami of Morocco,” Agadir beckons with a vibrant blend of nightlife, exquisite dining, golfing, horse-riding, sun-drenched beaches, and a myriad of water-based activities, all set against the backdrop of captivating kasbah views. Despite its nomenclature derived from a 16th-century fortress, the agadir, perched on the northern hill, Agadir was purposefully crafted as a resort surrounding the sandy bay.

This Moroccan gem boasts a striking contrast between its modern architecture, expansive tree-lined avenues, open squares, and pedestrian precincts, standing in stark juxtaposition to the narrow winding streets found in traditional Moroccan towns. The newly developed Marina of Agadir enhances the cityscape, adorned with boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and contemporary apartments. The heartbeat of downtown Agadir revolves around the bustling shopping center at Place du Prince Sidi Mohammed, where locals and visitors alike converge for a delightful shopping experience.

A defining feature of Agadir is its splendid beach, an expansive stretch that spans 10km (6 miles) to the south. This coastal haven offers an array of activities, catering to enthusiasts of wind-surfing and sailing. The coastal landscape unfolds as a playground for beachgoers, providing a picturesque setting for both relaxation and exhilarating water adventures.

In Agadir, every corner narrates a story of modernity and leisure, making it a coveted destination that seamlessly blends the contemporary with the traditional, promising a multifaceted experience for every visitor.


  • View the bustling Marina from the Agadir Kasbah fortress
  • Visit the church, and the Tabourjte Mosque, and walk through the gardens.
  • A walking tour of the city will help you explore the local streets.
  • Option to swim, sunbathe, or go out on a boat
  • Bargain with the merchants selling goods on the local market
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your accommodation in Marrakech

08:30 Rendezvous with driver; drive to Essaouira (181 km)

10:30 Your Driver give you some info for an orientation tour of Essaouira’s medina

12:30 Free time to explore the sites, visit the beach or harbour

16:00 Depart Essaouira to Marrakech Day Tour

18:30 Arrive Marrakech

English-speaking assistant
Pick-up/drop-off in Marrakech
travel in style in private vehicle with air-conditioning and English-speaking driver
2 hour guided tour
Tips and items of a personal nature
Entrance fees
beverages and meals not specified

Essaouira day trip from Marrakech Details:

From Marrakech to Essaouira, you’ll drive through the Haouz plains on your way to Essaouira. Take a coffee break in Chichaoua village on the way half way.

What you can do on your Essaouira Day Trip From Marrakech

When you approach Essaouira, you will pass one of the Argan trees forests, where you can see goats climbing the trees, we Stop to take some photos before continuing to Essaouira. You will observe how Argan oil, also known as Moroccan liquid gold, is extracted and visit a ladies’ cooperative to see how some local cosmetic products are created from this oil.

On our way to Essaouira, we will pass through this city. Once you arrive, you can enjoy this beautiful city to your heart’s content. Experiencing Essaouira on your own is easy: The people are very friendly, the Medina is fairly small, and the streets are well-kept. You will not require a tour guide to see the city on your own. You can easily walk through the Medina on your own, since its streets are parallel, unlike every other maze-like Medina in Morocco. If you insist on a guide, your driver will assist you in finding one.

A visit to the harbor and the old Portuguese fortifications is the first thing you should do. The Mediterranean Ocean can still be seen in its entirety above medieval war cannons. You can also hike though the Medina (old city) to view its 18th-century fortifications. La Scala, which was built to repel foreign attacks from the sea, is a major landmark of the Medina. Continuing to Bab Laalouj (a principal gate of Essaouira), you can proceed to the Mellah (the old Jewish quarter).

Numerous art galleries, souvenir shops, and thuya furniture shops line the way. Take a seafood lunch in a local cafe, then visit the Kasbah, which was historically an important military fort. Beach lovers should walk along the sand beach of Mogador and maybe watch the locals play beach ball. Take part in a few minutes of gaming if you’re brave enough. Residents of Essaouira have a great sense of humor! The alternative is to watch amateur kitesurfers and windsurfers as they perform water splashes.

After your Essaouira day trip from marrakech, you will be dropped off either at your hotel or the nearest point where your riad is accessible by car in the afternoon.


It is possible for this tour to operate daily throughout the year. Its timing is approximative and may change based on interest, weather, or seasons.


Sunglasses, comfortable footwear, and sun protection are highly recommended.

Essaouira History

Essaouira has a busy historical center complete with many ancient walls that surround the city. It is a delightful and easy day trip. Visit the ocher ramparts of the ancient medina and the wind-assisted waves coming from the Atlantic Ocean which now shelter from the ancient alleys of the old medina.

Essaouira (UNESCO World Heritage Site) was built by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC and is surrounded by ramparts of pink sandstone. Several Portuguese fortifications and a trading post date to the fifteenth century. The town, however, was not built until the late 1700s, when an Alouite sultan, Mohammed II, sanctioned the building of the city.

There is a bustling fishing port with white sand beaches and dunes, with its colorful wooden fishing boats, excellent seafood, hippies, and sailors, as well as artists and musicians, Essaouira has long been a favorite retreat. A vibrant souk, the old city gates, and the sqalas – fortified sea bastions – are all attractions nearby.

Some of these include the Sidi Med Ben Abdallah Museum, some fun shopping, and others for real adventure seekers. Most visitors enjoy strolling along Essaouira’s impressive sandy beach.

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