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 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 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 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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#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

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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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

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Mid Range: Chems Bleu

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Budget: Seagulls Hostel

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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

 

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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR MOROCCO?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

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 and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

 

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