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 things to do in Essaouira.
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WHERE IS ESSAOUIRA & HOW TO GET THERE
Essaouira is approximately 3-hours drive west of Marrakech, located on the south-west coast of Morocco. Essaouira can be reached by bus, plane or private taxi.
If time is sensitive and you would prefer to fly, there are daily flights available to Essaouira which you can search for on SkyScanner.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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Essaouira Beach – Things to do in Essaouria
#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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Street buskers in Essaouira Square – What To Do In Essaouira
#3 ESSAOUIRA PORT
One of Essaouira’s main attractions is the traditional blue fishing boats that can be found down by the fort walls. A postcard-like setting is a painters 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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Traditional boats at Essaouira Port – Essaouira Things To Do
Afternoon’s spent at Essaouira Port – Things to do in Essaouria
BEST PLACES 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 and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Heure Bleue Palace
Mid Range: Chems Bleu
Budget: Seagulls Hostel
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN ESSAOUIRA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
MORE MORROCO TRAVEL GUIDES
Morocco Travel Guide: 10 Day Morocco Itinerary
Chefchaouen Travel Guide: 5 Things To Do In Chefchaouen
Essaouira Travel Guide: 3 Things To Do In Essaouria
Another option for accommodation in Morocco is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Morocco.
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