Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

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1 Day

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

  • 1 Day
  • Group : 1-17 People

Embark on a unique and exclusive private day trip from Marrakech to the enchanting fishermen’s town of Essaouira. Located just a few hours away from Marrakech, Essaouira is a serene seaside retreat known for its relaxed atmosphere and charming coastal scenery.

Your adventure will start with a visit to the famous port, where you will be greeted by the sight of vibrant blue boats swaying in the gentle waves. Observe flocks of seagulls soaring overhead and bask in the refreshing sea breeze as you take a stroll along the picturesque Skala du Port. Be sure to snap some photos of the stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Next, explore the 6km-long sandy beach, where you can unwind and soak up the sun or take a dip in the cool waters. Take a relaxing stroll along the beach and relish in the tranquility of your surroundings.

After building up an appetite, treat yourself to a sumptuous seafood lunch, a specialty of the town. Savor the flavors of freshly caught fish and seafood, prepared using traditional methods and spices.

Finally, take a walk through the charming old Medina of Essaouira, with its intricate alleys and bustling markets. Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the town’s fascinating history and architecture. You may even find the perfect souvenir to bring back home.

At the end of the day, enjoy a peaceful drive back to Marrakech, reflecting on your unforgettable journey to the tranquil seaside town of Essaouira.

  • Visit the famous port, stroll along the picturesque Skala du Port and take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Enjoy the 6km-long sandy beach, take a dip in the cool waters or soak up the sun.
  • Savor a sumptuous seafood lunch, a specialty of the town, with freshly caught fish and seafood prepared using traditional methods and spices.
  • Walk through the charming old Medina of Essaouira, immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the town's fascinating history and architecture.
  • Peaceful drive back to Marrakech, reflecting on your unforgettable journey.

Price Includes

  • A/C modern vehicle driven by an English/French speaking driver.
  • Local guide English speaking guide in Essaouira.
  • Pick up and drop off at a location of your choice in Marrakech.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch & beverages.
  • Entrance fees if any.
  • Personal expenses.
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 People
95€ / person
3 People
69€ / person
4 People
59€ / person
5 People
49€ / person
6-7 People
39€ / person
8-10 People
35€ / person
11-14 People
30€ / person
15-17 People
27€ / person

Full Day TripMarrakech - Essaouira

Begin your day trip to the charming town of Essaouira from Marrakech at 8:00 AM. You will cross the Houaz Plains, heading towards the village of Sidi Lmokhtar located just west of Marrakech.

Along the way, you’ll take a coffee break and continue past the unique Argan tree forest in the area. This is where you will be able to witness the incredible sight of goats climbing trees in search of Argan nuts. It’s a rare and remarkable experience that you won’t want to miss. You can also stop at a local cooperative that processes Argan oil to learn more about this famous Moroccan product.

If you wish, you can also visit the Val d’Argan vineyard, established by a French wine connoisseur, and indulge in some wine-tasting before continuing your journey to Essaouira.

Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide who will take you on a walking tour of the city. You will visit the historic Medina, the Mellah (old Jewish quarter), the Kasbah (old military bastion), and the bustling fishermen’s port.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before having the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town at your own pace. Take in the beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere, and perhaps savor a cup of coffee or mint tea at the famous Place Moulay Elhassan while listening to atmospheric Gnawa music.

Your driver will take you back to Marrakech in the late afternoon, around 6:00 PM, and drop you off at your hotel or riad, concluding your memorable Marrakech to Essaouira day trip.


When to hike in Morocco?

The best time to hike in Morocco is during the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November). During these months, the weather is typically mild, with comfortable temperatures during the day and cool nights. The landscapes are also more colorful during these seasons, as wildflowers bloom in the spring and the foliage changes color in the fall.

However, it’s still possible to hike in Morocco during the summer and winter months. Summer can be hot, but the higher elevations in the Atlas Mountains offer cooler temperatures. Winter can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, but there are still opportunities for winter hiking and skiing. It’s important to note that some trails and passes may be inaccessible during the winter months due to snow and ice.

Can I climb Toubkal without a guide?

It is technically possible to climb Toubkal without a guide, but it’s not recommended. The terrain can be challenging, especially for inexperienced hikers, and having a guide can provide added safety and support. A guide can also help with navigation, especially in areas where the trail may not be clearly marked.

In addition to safety concerns, climbing Toubkal without a guide may not be permitted. The Moroccan authorities require hikers to obtain a permit before climbing Toubkal, and our tour companie and guides are licensed to issue these permits. If you don’t have a permit or are caught climbing without one, you may be fined or even deported.

It’s also worth noting that climbing with us can enhance your overall experience. Our guide can provide insights into the local culture and history, and can help you appreciate the natural beauty of the area. We will also take care of logistics, such as arranging transport and accommodations, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your hike.

How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, but it’s generally considered a moderate to strenuous climb. The difficulty of the climb will depend on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous hiking experience, and the route you choose to take.

The standard route to the summit starts in the village of Imlil and involves hiking to the Toubkal Refuge, where climbers can rest for the night before making the final ascent to the summit the following day. The hike to the refuge is approximately 5-6 hours and involves a steady uphill climb.

The final ascent to the summit involves some steep and rocky terrain and can take 3-4 hours, depending on your pace. Altitude can also be a factor, as the summit of Toubkal is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimate properly to the altitude and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

That being said, the climb to Mount Toubkal is accessible to most hikers with a moderate level of fitness and previous hiking experience. It’s recommended to train and prepare for the climb in advance, with a focus on building endurance and stamina.

Overall, while climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, the stunning views from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience.

How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?

The temperature in the High Atlas Mountains can vary greatly depending on the season and altitude. In general, the higher you go, the colder it gets.

During the winter months (December to February), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can drop below freezing, especially at higher altitudes. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach -10°C (14°F) or colder at the summit of Mount Toubkal. It’s important to come prepared with warm clothing and gear if you plan to visit during the winter.

In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can be quite hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes, so it’s important to pack warm layers for evenings and early mornings.

Overall, it’s best to come prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting the High Atlas Mountains, as the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly.

What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?

Hiking Toubkal Mount in the winter can be challenging and requires proper equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are some essential items you should bring with you:

  1. Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.

  2. Warm clothing layers: You’ll need to dress in layers, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell, to stay warm and regulate your body temperature. Insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves are also necessary.

  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the snow, wind, and rain.

  4. Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.

  5. Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.

  6. Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.

  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.

Is it safe to trek in Morocco?

Morocco is generally considered a safe country for trekking, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take appropriate safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.

  2. Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.

  3. Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.

  4. Avoid hiking alone: It’s always safer to hike with a group or a guide, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding trekking experience in Morocco.