947
trips planned today
4.6
out of 5
Trustscore rating

Essaouira trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner Africa  /  Morocco  /  Marrakech-Safi  /  Essaouira

Essaouira

4.1
Nature & Wildlife Tours · Landmarks · Piers & Boardwalks
Wind City of Africa
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site. Stately 18th-century ramparts protect the meandering streets of the oceanside town, dotted with rustic whitewashed houses and arts-and-crafts stores. Day-trip opportunities are plenty, as Essaouira's rural surroundings house picturesque villages and forest trails. On a holiday in Essaouira, you can check out the local seafood specialties, or spend your days surfing and swimming on the sandy shore. Make your own Essaouira vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Morocco day trip app.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Essaouira

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Essaouira

See all ›
©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
©
Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Medina of Essaouira ©
World heritage site
Medina of Essaouira
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Landmark
Essaouira Ramparts
4.5
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Essaouira

©
Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 4h 30 min
©
Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
Cheval Essaouira ©
Equestrian Trail
Cheval Essaouira
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
©
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Essaouira

See all ›
Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Le Comptoir Oriental by Madada
Gift & Specialty Shop
Le Comptoir Oriental by Madada
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le Souk ©
Antique Store
Le Souk
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Ateliers Madaq par l'association feminine El Khir ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ateliers Madaq par l'association feminine El Khir
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Essaouira

Simon Attias Synagogue ©
Church
Simon Attias Synagogue
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Bordj El Berod
Historic Site
Bordj El Berod
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chaim Pinto Synagogue
Religious Site
Chaim Pinto Synagogue
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Jewish Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Jewish Cemetery
4.0
Duration: 3 hours

Museums in Essaouira

Galerie l'Arbre bleu ©
Art Gallery
Galerie l'Arbre bleu
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Galerie la Kasbah ©
Art Gallery
Galerie la Kasbah
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Synagogue Slat Lkahal ©
Specialty Museum
Synagogue Slat Lkahal
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD ©
Art Gallery
GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Essaouira

Kaouki Surf School ©
Outdoor Activity
Kaouki Surf School Sidi Kaouki
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Plage de Sidi Kaouki ©
Beach
Plage de Sidi Kaouki Sidi Kaouki
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Plage d'Imsouane ©
Beach
Plage d'Imsouane Imsouane
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
Le Val d'Argan ©
Winery / Vineyard
Le Val d'Argan Ounagha
3.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Essaouira

Accommodations in Essaouira concentrate mainly in and around the old medina quarter, but you an also find several lodging options lining the long waterfront promenade. You can choose from a variety of "riads," traditional Moroccan houses transformed into guesthouses. These establishments vary in pricing and range from budget-friendly to mid-market, while several hotels offer luxurious, 5-star services.
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close

Recently planned trips to Essaouira

8 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 32 days in Morocco & Ethiopia BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Africa & Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Morocco BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium