The 10 Best Walking Tours in Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

May 19, 2022 Mollie Coke

Portuguese, French and Berber architecture frame the maze-like streets of Essaouira, a charming and vibrant port and resort town on the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby, couples and families stroll the beaches of Cape Sim and Sidi Kaouki, which also attract surfers of all types. Relaxation is easy to find here, as is a bus to Marrakech, for those looking for a daytrip.
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1. Full day trip to Essaouira Mogador and Atlantic coast from Marrakech

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Take a full-day private trip to Essaouira, one of Morocco's most attractive coastal towns. It's charm is undeniable, with its white washed and blue shuttered houses, art galleries, wood workshops, fishermen and colorful boats, all enclosed by ancient red walls. - Relax at the bohemian coastal resort of Essaouira. - Try fresh seafood from the local market. - Stroll around the medina and port. - Walk through Skala Harbor and visit the old fortresses. - Relax on the beach, or swim in the Atlantic. - Ride camels on the beach. - Visit the Argan Woman's Co-operative

Inclusions: Professional Driver / guide, Transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle Fuel included, Hotel pick up and drop off, Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunche and drinks, Local guide fees, Personal expanses and tips

Reviewed By LizEarle

This is the only company I recommend and highly trust. Service was exceptional and hospitality was incredible. Ahmed was extremely knowledgble and professional throughout our trip. I cannot imagine using another company. I felt very comfortable and have recommended him to all my family, especially my close friends. I wish Ahmed all the success my trip was truly amazing thanks to all his help.

2. Day trip to Essaouira Old Mogador and Argan factory from Marrakech

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We will leave Marrakech at 08:00 towards the coastal city of Essaouira. This Old Portuguese town is surprising with its blue-shuttered house’s architectures and guns pointed out at sea. You will firstly stop at the port which was built in the 18th century and called Tumbuktu as it serves to connect Africa to Europe and America. It is an animated place because of fish vendors that return to the port on their multicolored fishing boats. You will then visit the Skala. Founded for military purposes, this site preserved the city from attacks with a collection of bronze cannons oriented to the ocean. You will continue exploring the Portuguese ramparts and crossing the alleys of the Medina. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Medina of Essaouira is an example of a walled city of the 18th century. Its souks expose all kinds of handicrafts: carpets, woolen clothes, aromatic products, jewelries, wooden decorations…

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Bottled water, Professional Driver/Guide, Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions: Lunch, Local guide, Gratuities

Reviewed By markkB8564IC

We just spent 10 glorious days in Morocco with Soufiane, our driver who escorted and transported us throughout our stay. Before we even arrived in the country, our flights and itinerary changed multiple times due to covid. Jamal, the owner of Easy Take, was excellent with communications and cheerfully accommodated every change we threw at him. Given his kindness and very reasonable fee, I knew we selected the right transport for our trip. Soufiane greeted us at the airport and we began our journey in Marrakesh. We were immediately taken by Soufiane's excellent English and comfort driving the roads of Morocco. We told him we wanted a guide for Marrakesh and he arranged a wonderful guide who met us at our Riad the following morning. We next drove off to Ouarzazate where we stopped for a tour of Ait Benhaddou on the way. The next day we went to a desert camp near Merzouga, one of the many highlights of our trip. Because of the pandemic, the camp was empty and Soufiane was able to stay in a nearby tent. We loved his company so much and were grateful that he shared the experience with us. After our stay we went to Fes, where Soufiane again arranged a wonderful guide to show us the city. Throughout our trip, he made sure we had all our needs met and was available to us anytime. Our next stop was Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue quaint town in the north. Soufiane joined us for dinner and it was another highlight of our trip. Our final stop was Casablanca, where his final drive was taking us to the airport. Because of the bond we had with Soufiane, it was actually sad to say goodbye. We are so grateful to Jamal, Soufiane and Easy Take Transport, all of whom made for a most memorable and special trip.

3. The Charms of Essaouira Mogador and the Argan tree Forests

Marrakech, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi Moroccan Travel Trip - Day Tours
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This full day trip to Essaouira and Argan forest from Marrakech is an opportunity for the traveller to get to know the most popular coastal town in Morocco formely known as MOGADOR. Spend a full day exploring the city’s traditional port, the blue and white coloured Medina, and the famous Skala that offers picturesque views over the harbour and shore. Enjoy an enriching experince discovering how Argan oil is extracted during a visit to one of the women cooperatives of Argan products.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by climate-controlled vehicle, Guided walking tour of Essaouira city, Drinks (Mineral water), Small-group tour limited to 7 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide, Fuel included

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Reviewed By Shreker17

We are 2 female travelers from Canada and just traveled all throughout Morocco for the past 2 weeks with an AMAZING guide named Mouhssine! He resides in Marrakesh, however does tours for anywhere in Morocco. He is flexible to start tours wherever you fly into (as long as it's 4+ days). Mouhssine is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Spanish. Throughout our 2 weeks we traveled to Agadir, Essaouira, Safi Oualidia, Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Volibilus, Meknes, Fes, Ifrane, Azrou, Merzouga, Erfoud, Ourzazate, Marrakesh and I'm sure I forgot a few small towns along the way. If you want to see Morocco and learn about Moroccan culture, Mouhssine is your man! As he is based out of Marrakesh, he is also available for day tours in and around the area. He will be more than happy to assist you and make your trip to Morocco a memorable one! He had a beautiful Mercedes Vito that seats up to 7 passengers with luggage. He can be reached at +212671437971 or via email at [email protected] Maa Salama (See you in Morocco ????????)

4. Marrakech to Essaouira - Day tour

Hôtel Restaurant Café de France, jamaa el-fnna، Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco Marrakech City Life
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Embark on an unique journey from Marrakech to the seaside city of Essaouira on full-day tour. Explore the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, soaking in hundreds of years of culture and history. - Explore the historic city of Essaouira in a day trip from Marrakech - See traditional Argan oil production in the countryside - Travel in the comfort of a climate-controlled minivan - Convenient pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by air-conditioned minivan, Entry/Admission - Medina of Essaouira

Exclusions: Lunch, Drinks

Reviewed By 502Giulia

We booked a 3 day tour to the Sahara , We are two girls and felt extremely safe the entire time.we have the most incredible stay in morocco due to this tour it was completely over our expectations ! Jamal our tour guide and Omar, our driver were the best! They were both so nice and were so informative explaining all the sights along the way. All the towns we passed through were so beautiful but my favourite part of the whole trip was the desert. We went to Merzouga and the Erg Chebbi Dunes and got to spend a night in tents in the Sahara Desert! We got to ride a camel to the desert camp and that was the funnest experience. All the riads we stayed in and the restaurants were fabulous choices. I highly recommend booking a tour with this company MCL . Jamal was so helpful in planning the whole experience and was always readily available on whats app. We truly cannot wait to go back to Morocco.

5. Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food

Bab Sbaa, Essaouira, Morocco Morocco Destination Experts
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Experience Essaouira’s Old medina during a 3-4 Hours walk & talk, Combining a "live like a local" , "Street food" and "Historical food" tours all in one. The city's known for it's famous & rich history and vibrant culture. We'll share as much informations as we can during this walk through the city and get you introduced to the locals lifestyle. - Sample traditional sweets at the city’s pastry shops - Walk alongside the fortifications with a local guide - Follow the rolling & narrow paths to make you feel like you're in the mid 17th century - Dine alongside locals as you enjoy freshly-caught fish from the Essaouira Bay - Savor a sweet dessert - Learn local remedies in a herbalist’s shop over a traditional glass of Moroccan tea.

Inclusions: Local guide English & French Speaking, Foods tasting sample expenses, Local workshops entry , Would be offered by our guide

Exclusions: Drinks (Coca, Sparkling water, etc)

Reviewed By phils241

The driver picked us up at the hotel on time. The route through the city was pleasant. The guides are very personable. Be prepared for fun and dusty clothes.

6. Discover Essaouira: Artistic culinary stroll in the medina and its ramparts

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Discover the typical cuisine and art of Essaouira during a 3-hour stroll among the rich history and lively culture of the medina. Taste traditional treats in the city's oldest pastry shop. Follow the winding alleys of a local souk to the stalls and artist workshops. Get off the beaten track and discover the daily Moroccan culture • Mingle with local artists in a souk in the medina of Essaouira, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO • Stroll through the historic fishing port district and along the city walls • Savor seafood at the seafront fish market • Taste traditional Moroccan desserts • Taste a Moroccan tea in a traditional herb shop

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, • Pick up at your hotel, • Transport in modern air-conditioned minibus, • English or French speaking driver

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Reviewed By Wachiaaron

Great experience and the guide Rachid made it even more interesting. Quite cheap for what you get included.

7. 12 Days Private Tour in Morocco: Cities, Atlas and Desert

Jemaa el-Fna, Rue El Ksour, 38, Marrakech 40000, Morocco، Marrakech 40000, Morocco Explore Morocco Travel
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See all the highlights of the Atlantic Coast, the Imperial Cities, the Atlas mountains and the Sahara Desert. Visit Essaouira, the former Portuguese city at the beach Take a look at the huge Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca See Rabat, Capital of Morocco Explore the hidden gems in the Medinas of the Imperial cities Meknes and Fes Pass through the Atlas Mountains: Middle Atlas, Anti Atlas and High Atlas Visit a local Berber family and learn about Nomadic life in Southern Morocco Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi to reach your desert camp Spend and unforgettable night at a Desert camp Ride through the dunes of Merzouga with a 4x4 car Explore Todra Gorges and Dades Gorges Visit the legendary world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Taourirt Kasbah Explore the scenic Telouet Kasbah together with a local guide

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Camel ride to the desert camp, Overnights and meals for your driver-guide, Private guided tour in Fes (7 h), Private guided tour in Meknes (3 h), Private guided tour at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah (1 h), Private guided tour at Telouet Kasbah (1 h), Private Tour with local driver-guide, Parking Fees, Private transportation, Priavet Local Guide in Tamegroute , City taxes/tourist taxes

Exclusions: Flights, Lunches, drinks, Dinners in Essaouira, Casablanca, Fes , Personal expenses, Gratuities, Entrance fees for museums and monuments in the cities

Reviewed By Travler1004

The tour company we booked with was Deep Morocco Tours. Our guide, Hamid, was excellent. His vehicle, a Mercedes SUV, was clean and comfortable. Hamid graciously allowed us ample time to take a multitude of photos of the goats in the trees on our way to Essaouira. He then spent most of the day doing exactly what we loved doing ... SHOPPING! We told him he didn’t have to stay with us while we went through almost every shop in town but he chose to stay with us even after one of us had to buy an extra suitcase to bring more souvenirs home. He pulled the suitcase around town while it was filled. What a guy! He took us to a lovely rooftop restaurant that overlooked the Atlantic for a fabulous seafood lunch. What a pleasant, relaxing day. The icing on the cake was when he contacted us a day later to let us know I forgot my bag of Argan oil in his vehicle. Somehow it slid up under the seat and I didn’t notice it missing. He even delivered it to our hotel. I highly recommend this company and Hamid as a guide. It was the best day out of the 4 we spent in Marrakech.

8. Essaouira Atlantic Gate

Hôtel Restaurant Café de France, jamaa el-fnna، Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco Az-eddine Ben jouhra
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There is an invigorating sensation from the ocean breeze as soon as you set foot on the immaculate sand., you will also admire the view of goats on trees. Essaouira is a medieval city known for its annual festival of Gnaoua music. The UNESCO considers the city to be an international heritage. There are many other things to admire during your Essaouira day trip from Marrakech such as its pleasant weather, place Moulay El Hassan, La Skala,the port, the ramparts, and the Jewish district.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, All Fees and Taxes

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Reviewed By 760zakariac

That was amazing having Az-eddine as a guide. He is a nice person with a lot of knowledge about the history of the city and the country. We had fun and we enjoyed our time in this beautiful country with s nice person, always in time and dedicated to help and provide a good service. Thanks Az-eddine.

9. Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech

Marrakesh, Morocco Morocco Inspiring Tours
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Morning departure from Marrakech in a small-group tour you will be personally transported through the vast and breath-taking Moroccan landscape to Essaouira. On the journey you may see a few scattered villages and some camels, sheep and goats grazing in the countryside.

Inclusions: Hotel / Riad pickup and drop-off, Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan or 4WD with an English-speaking driver/guide, Guided walking tour of Essaouira city, Drinks (Bottled mineral water+Fresh mint tea), Free time after the guided tour, All entrance fees, local taxes and fuel are included, Fuel included

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Reviewed By bte25

What a wonderful trip! Abdul was prompt and courteous and drove a clean, spacious vehicle. He expertly drove us through beautiful scenery, sharing local knowledge about the towns and landmarks we were passing. And the falls! Abdul gave us time to explore but understood it was time to go when our young children were tired. I HIGHLY recommend this excursion! We would do it again!

10. Walk between Argan Forest, Ocean & Waterfalls.

Bab el-Menzeh, Avenue Oqba Ibn Nafia, Essaouira 44000, Morocco Ecotourisme et Randonnées
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We walk through an area of euphorbia and Argan trees before we reach the ocean and enjoy ourselves hiking a long untouched beach until we turn towards the beautiful Sidi m'Barek waterfalls. We then enter the terrace fields where locals grow crops throughout the whole year. We then walk uphill in the canyon up to the village of Sidi Ahmed Essayeh. There we are welcomed by a Moroccan family for a taste of tagine simmered in a solar cooker. This fairly sporty and lengthy hike allows you to meet beautiful people and admire sumptuous, divers landscapes... Enjoy a nice encounter with a French speaking Berber family.

Inclusions: Meal with a Moroccan family speaking French., Private transportation

Exclusions: Please bring at least 1 liter of bottled water per person.

Reviewed By cjp1002

Under the guidance of Naiima who really knew her subject matter well, we spent a highly enjoyable few hours walking round an Argan tree forest (where we actually saw goats climbing up Argan trees which was not staged). The tour also included visiting the tomb of an ancient holy man, the ruins of a seventeenth century sugar refinery, a visit to an Argan oil co-operative and, best of all, a visit to a Berber lady's house where we drank mint tea and ate home-baked bread. We loved every minute of it, not least because Naiima made it interesting. Highly recommended!

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