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Morocco Diaries: Essaouira Exploring

Visiting Essaouira from Marrakech is pretty straightforward, making it a great day trip to consider.

The pretty coastal town is a lovely stop for one or two days respite from the madness of Marrakech, or seperately as an interesting stop if you’re travelling Morocco’s coastline.

It’s very relaxed, slow and has a great laidback vibe. There isn’t a multitude of tourist sites to see so no sprinting about trying to tick x, y and z off your list. Instead, there’s a huge gorgeous sandy beach with several watersports and sandsports on offer, a colourful, lively harbour and a really pleasant, calm medina.

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

Read on for my full guide on Essaouira and all the information you might need before venturing there.

Visiting Essaouira from Marrakech – How to get there

Most tourists are likely to catch a bus or taxi in from Marrakech, but you can also fly directly into the Essaouira airport now from London airports if you’re more interested in staying a week.

We opted for a public bus, which although a little bumpy, made for a straight forward journey taking about 4 to 5 hours.

The roads in Morocco are pretty decent and had we known, we might have hired a car. It’s an easy drive and you’d definitely knock a fair few hours off the bus time without all of the stopping.

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

Where to Stay

As I’ve mentioned, visiting Essaouira from Marrakech in a day is easily do-able but it’s also a very pleasant place to spend the night. We stayed at Riad Inna, and loved it. A cute hostel-boutique-hotel type place, with lovely furnishings and a very central location.

How to spend a day in Essaouira

  1. Explore the medina

I decided that of all the places I visited in Morocco (and Essaouira was the penutiltimate stop), here had the very best shopping.

The little stores are so lovely to shop in, the owners kind and patient. I felt the quality of all the items were better too than in other places in Morocco.

Best of all, the medina is really easy to navigate!

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

2. Explore the fishing port

Essaouria is Morocco’s third biggest fishing port and any day of the week you’ll find it busy and bustling. There’s tons of fresh seafood to buy on the harbour and it’s a fantastic place to see Moroccan’s going about their daily lives!

It’s also the location of Essaouira’s most iconic photo spot, the blue fishing boats and medieval walls.

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

3. Wander along the beach

Essaouira’ beach stretches for miles along the coast away from the town. It’s a popular place to grab a camel ride or learn to kitesurf, as the conditions are optimal .

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

Aaaand that’s about it!

It’s a gorgeous, calm and charming little town offering a chilled out version of Morocco. If you’re looking for even more ideas on things to do in Essaouira, then check this great post here from Journal of Nomads.

I hope this post has been useful for anyone visiting Essaouira or wondering if it’s worth the journey from Marrakech (read my city guide here). Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below!

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visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

visiting Essaouira from Marrakech

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  1. May 17, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Look like you have a great time, I love the old streets, ocean, beach and camel. Plenty of sunshine too. I guess you are in paradise! It would be in my bucket list for sure. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

  2. Zoran Stankovic
    May 17, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    This is so beautiful places!I love this photos!So beautiful view and colors!

  3. Elizabeth O
    May 17, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Wow what a great post full of beautiful pictures. It sure looks like you are having the best time exploring and experiencing all the beauty and culture.

  4. May 17, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I’m going to Tunisia in the summer so I was thinking of visiting another country while there and Marrakech was my second option. Looking at your pictures makes me think I made the mistake of choosing Barcelona instead of Marrakech.

  5. May 18, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    You always visit the most amazing places on Earth! In total honestly I had never heard of Essaouira, that’s not surprise because I don’t travel a lot. But your pictures and your descriptions make me want to visit this place!

  6. Esme Sy
    May 19, 2018 / 12:02 am

    I definitely enjoyed this post, I kept on scrolling back and forth because of how beautiful every shade of brown is from this place. Did I just see some Viagra up there? Haha. You’re right about this, gorgeous, calm and if I may say so, the perfect shade for a place under the sun.

  7. Maria
    May 19, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Marrakesh has such a deep and amazing culture! I really want to go to Morrocco soon, I think it’s such a beautiful destination!

  8. May 20, 2018 / 5:27 am

    I love the colorful corners you can find on trips. Marketplaces can be so beautiful and foreign foods each have their own spices. I’m looking forward to more adventuring when our kids are a little older!

  9. May 21, 2018 / 7:54 am

    The photos are amazing. I guess that’s the beauty of travelling. You see the different colours of the cities, the different cultures, and here, I see the beautiful sights, through your article!

  10. Ana Vukosavljevic
    May 21, 2018 / 11:55 pm

    What a beautiful place! I would LOOOOVE to go there. I saved this post and I hope I’ll get a chance to see all of these places soon!!

  11. Julie D Harbour
    May 25, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Looks like an amazing place to travel! The beaches, the colorful architecture, the blue boats and the camel, wow! I love it all!

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