Exploring the souks
A visit to Essaouira wouldn’t be complete without wandering around the souks and stalls in the medina. The North medina wall is called Le Scala and there is a nice promenade along the fortified wall where you can catch some lovely sunsets as well.
Visit the Artisans Court
This quiet shopping area supports the local community by giving apprenticeships to young people who source local materials and make crafts on site. It’s a great place to watch the jewellers, carpenters and weavers at work, or even have a personalised Thuya wood box or colourful throw made to your specifications.
- TIP: Essaouira has less choice for shopping than Marrakech, but the experience is far less stressful! Don’t begin to haggle unless you are genuinely interested and then start your haggle price at about 1/3 of their asking price, eventually meeting in the middle. Above all, have fun!
“The location is perfect for exploring the town and perfect for windsurfers and kitesurfers – you can check out the whole of the bay from the terrace.” sallyjw14 on TripAdvisor.
Go for a walk
For a long walk, stroll along the sand dunes towards Sidi Kaouki and explore the ruins just outside Diabat. A popular shorter walk is from the port along the beach to the old fort falling into the sea. Beware; you will meet plenty of camel & horse keepers offering to take you riding!
Visit a local winery
A 20-minute taxi ride out of town will take you to Ouirgane where you can visit Domaine Du Val D’Argan for free wine-tasting and a tour. It’s worth staying for a delicious 4 course lunch in their restaurant with panoramic views, which costs 200 Dirhams (about £15) pp and includes wines. (Open daily 10am-6pm.) We can arrange for a taxi to take you there, wait while you have lunch and bring you back for 300 Dirhams (about £23).
Visit the Essaouira Music Festival
The annual Gnaoua Music Festival takes place in Essaouira every June and attracts visitors from all over the world. The four-day festival is a feast for the eyes and ears, with a mixture of sub-Saharan African, Berber and Arabic religious songs & rhythms, combined with acrobatic dancing.
“Walking beyond the sand dunes will lead you to some beautiful beaches. It’s definitely worth making a packed lunch and going to explore, we even came accross a turtle on one of the deserted beaches we found.” – stelstar_10 on TripAdvisor.
Get pampered at a hammam
Get thoroughly scrubbed & gommaged and leave sparkling like a new penny! Lalla Mira has a great hammam and Rachid or Latifa can also take you to the local hammam.
Kitesurfing, windsurfing & surfing
Listed as one of the world’s best beaches, Essaouira’s water sports conditions are world-class with consistent wind, shallow water on the inside and a combination of flat water, chop & waves. More wave spots are just a 20 minute drive away and the town is home to several centres where you can learn and rent equipment.
- Hire a quad bike and explore the sand dunes
- Watch boats being built & fishermen coming into the port
- Go for a swim in the sea
- Go for a camel ride or horse riding
- Play a round of golf at the Mogador Golf Club
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