The walled city of Essaouira sitting on the edge of the water

Essaouira Tours and Travels

About Essaouira

Enclosed by medieval-looking battlements and framed by the Atlantic Coast, the picture-perfect town of Essaouira is one of Morocco's most charming beach resorts. Dating back to the 18th century the town is an appealing mix of attractive architecture, beautiful beaches and colourful cuisine. Small enough to explore on foot, Essaouira features attractive whitewashed houses with blue shutters as well as an ancient medina within the original city walls with a maze of narrow alleyways lined with shops selling everything from tea to spices, tagine pots to leather shoes.

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The sea breeze, whilst being a delightful respite from the intense Moroccan heat, attracts visitors for a very different reason, one very much attached to the water - windsurfing. The coastal wind may be a little too fierce for a traditional beach holiday but for windsurfers it represents the perfect opportunity to hit the water. Another water-based delight of this city is its seafood. Sampling Moroccan cuisine is a real delight in Essaouira with a number of quaint restaurants serving everything from fresh fish to traditional tagine.

What really gives Essaouira its charm is how much of its traditional character it has retained despite ever-increasing interest from the tourist industry. The harbour is busy with local fishermen bringing in their catch whilst skilled craftsmen quietly work on their wares in the cave-like shops of the medina. Essaouira has a thriving arts scene with its gorgeous views providing inspiration for local sculptors and painters. Whether you are looking for the bustle of a city or the tranquility of a beach, Essaouira has something for everyone.

Essaouira Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Essaouira

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10 days FROM $2,379
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Surf the New Year

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12 days FROM $1,799
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15 Days FROM $1,939
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Essaouira Hotels

If you are planning a Essaouira holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

L'Heure Bleue Palais Essaouira

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Built into the medina walls, the Heure Bleue hotel is an oasis of peace and elegance with beautiful decorations throughout from the intricate carvings and fabrics to the cavernous rooms. Looking out onto a peaceful courtyard, the guestrooms feature a subtle decor inspired by Africa and the Orient with large comfortable beds and elegant furniture. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Dine on sumptuous Moroccan and international dishes at a choice of onsite restaurants or relax in the luxurious hammam. The hotel is located in the heart of Essaouira.

Riad de la Mer Essaouira

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Riad de la Mer is a spacious 18th century Jewish merchant’s house. Recently restored with the addition of modern facilities, it nevertheless retains the rich character of the original house. The views from the terrace are quite simply magnificent and the rooms have been decorated with beautiful whites and blues. They also come equipped with plush furniture. The riad is situated in the oldest part of the Medina, known as the kasbah.

Essaouira Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Essaouira.

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