Marrakech to Atlas Mountains Day trip with camel ride & Berber lunchFrom 40 /per person
- 1 Day
- Superb769 Reviews4.9
Enjoy a private day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, a lovely and calm seaside town only two hours and a half away from Marrakech. First, visit the famous port with its blue boats and flocks of seagulls flying above, and let the sea breeze refresh you as you walk on top of the Skala du Port and along the 6km long sandy beach. Then, treat yourself to a delicious seafood lunch, and take a walk in the old Medina of Essaouira.
Start your Day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
at 08h00 AM. Cross the Houaz Plains towards the village of Sidi Lmokhtar just West of Marrakech.
You will have a coffee break and continue past the unique Argan trees forest located in this area. It is where you will find goats climbing trees searching for Argan nuts, a wonderful and rare sight to behold.
You can stop at a local cooperative that processes Argan oil before continuing to Val d’Argan, a vineyard established by a French wine connoisseur. Should you choose so, you can partake in some wine before leaving for Essaouira.
Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide, who will walk you to the city. You will visit the Medina, the Mellah (old Jewish quarter), the Kasbah (old military bastion), and the fishermen's port.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be free to enjoy the city, with its beautiful beaches and relaxed mood; enjoy a cup of coffee or mint tea at the famous Place Moulay Elhassan while listening to atmospheric Gnawa music played.
After that, your driver will take you back to Marrakech. Your Marrakech to Essaouira day trip will end around 18h00, as your driver will drop you off at your hotel or riad.
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Essaouira is 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Marrakech. Travel time between Marrakech and Essaouira is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
On the way to Essaouira, there is an opportunity to take pictures of goats climbing Argan trees. The person herding the goats is expecting a tip, so please be prepared to give one.
Yes, we do make a stop to visit an Argan oil ladies' cooperative. Please note that every cooperative has a showroom where they tend to sell their goods. There is no obligation to buy at all.
Although it is windy most of the year, you can still swim at the beaches of Essaouira. You may even be surprised by how warm and sunny it can be in the winter. So pack your bathing suit and towel just in case!
Most seafood restaurants in Essaouira are safe. However, be aware of the scams that some food stalls near the port practice. Make sure you agree to what you are paying in total first.
It was an incredible journey! The pick-up was scheduled a day ahead of time, and the man that picked us up was on time. In addition, the car was quite comfy fairly new. We had a little over 4 hours in Essaouira, so we stopped along the way (as stated in the description: Argan goat tree, argan cooperative, Essaouira panoramic view, and a coffee stop) and the driver Mohamed was extremely nice, funny, communicative, and took excellent care of us! This is a journey I would suggest!
The day trip to Essaouira was a wonderful experience. After the stress of Marrakech Medina, a day of tranquillity and fun is in order. Essaouira is tiny and pleasant, and you can see everything in a few hours. The views from beach are breath-taking! There are boats that unload fish in the morning, and for ten euros per person, you can eat a lot of fresh fish that is still moving! Excellent. Our guide was really kind and helpful! It comes highly recommended.
What a wonderful trip! We were picked up on time, and on the way to Essaouira, we made a few stops, first for coffee/tea and pastries, and then to see the goat tree, which was pretty entertaining. We next stopped for a short while at a small argan oil cooperative before arriving at Essaouira, where we spent around 5 hours. We would have spent our time at the beach if it hadn't been so chilly outdoors. Overall, we had a wonderful day, and our driver was quite accommodating. This firm comes highly recommended from us