3 Best Things To Do In Essaouira – A One Day Guide

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Essaouira is one of Morocco’s most popular and laid-back beachside towns on the south-west coast of North Africa.

I spent one day in this bright and breezy coastal town while I was backpacking Morocco with Travel Talk Tours and have put together this complete guide of the 3 best things to do in Essaouira.

 

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WHERE IS ESSAOUIRA & HOW TO GET THERE

Essaouira is approximately a 3-hour drive west of Marrakech, located on the south-west coast of Morocco. Essaouira can be reached by bus, plane, or private taxi.

If you prefer to travel budget, CTM is the most reputable bus company in Morocco and their buses operate daily, to and from Essaouira. Click here to check timetables.

If time is sensitive and you would prefer to fly, there are daily flights available to Essaouira which you can search for on CheapOair.com

I arrived in Essaouira via bus from Marrakech on Day 2 of my Travel Talk Morocco Tour.

 

3 THINGS TO DO IN ESSAOUIRA

 

#1 ESSAOUIRA BEACH

A stroll, swim or surf at Essaouira Beach is one of the best things to do in Essaouira.

It is a popular spot for surfing in the Atlantic Ocean during the swell season in the winter months of December through to March and on windy days it is a haven for kite surfers.

For non-surfers, Essaouira beach stretches 2km around the bay, so you’re guaranteed to find a secluded spot along the sand to sunbathe and swim.

Half a dozen restaurants and cafes are situated along the pristine shoreline at Essaouira Beach – the perfect spot for lunch and to chill in a hammock or beach chair, soaking up some Vitamin-D.

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#2 EXPLORE ESSAOUIRA MEDINA

Getting lost in the rabbit warren of souks inside the medina was one of my favorite things to do in Essaouria!

Each small street is filled with handmade garments of sorts, spice shops, souvenir stores, and seafood restaurants. In 2001, the medina of Essaouira was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also, don’t forget to head over to the large open square down by the Essaouira Port when it comes alive during the late afternoons and into the night.

Listen to the street buskers and grab something to eat and drink as the sun begins to set over the Atlantic Ocean.

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#3 ESSAOUIRA PORT

Lastly on this list of things to do in Essaouira is a visit to the traditional blue fishing boats that can be found down by the fort walls, one of Essaouira’s main attractions.

A postcard-like setting is a painter’s dream and it’s also one of the best locations to watch the sunset.

After some hours spent down on Essaouira Beach, followed by getting lost inside the beautiful medina, the bustling port is the best place to finish off a day in Essaouira!

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WHERE TO STAY IN ESSAOUIRA

Essaouira has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Essaouira to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Heure Bleue Palace

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Mid Range: Chems Bleu

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Budget: Seagulls Hostel

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AIRBNB ESSAOUIRA

Another option for accommodation is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

Use the search box below to search for all available Airbnb’s in Essaouira.

 

 

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The currency in Morocco is Dirham (MAD) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 10 MAD.

Purchasing a sim card in Morocco is very cheap and simple. You can do this at the airport on arrival or find a phone store close to your accommodation. For approximately $10 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data.

 

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HOW TO GET TO MOROCCO

Arriving by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in Morocco.

I flew to Morocco with Royal Air Maroc which is the country’s largest and most reputable airline that offers daily flights, excellent customer service, and an all-around comfortable experience.

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MOROCCO VISA

Visitors to Morocco can spend up to 90-days on a tourist visa which is free of charge. The only requirement is that your passport has to be valid for a period of 6-months before its expiry.

 

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 FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and If you have any questions about Things To Do In Essaouira, please drop me a comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

 

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