Private Day Trip From Marrakech To Essaouira

(989 Reviews)

An exclusive escape to the Fishermen town of Essaouira:

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.


  • A/C modern vehicle driven by an English/French speaking driver.
  • Local guide English speaking guide in Essaouira.
  • Pick up and drop off at a location of your choice in Marrakech.

Not included:

  • Lunch & beverages.
  • Entrance fees if any.
  • Personal expenses.

Marrakech to Essaouira Day Trip Highlights:

  • Discover the coastal town of Essaouira on a day trip.
  • Admire a rare scene of goats climbing Argan trees.
  • Learn about Argan oil processing at a ladies artisanal factory.
  • Visit the Medina of Essaouira with its bastions and labyrinthine streets.
  • Walk to the fishing port and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch.
  • Enjoy a walk on the sandy beach of Essaouira.

Day Trip to Essaouira Itinerary:

One Day: Marrakech - 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.

Marrakech to Essaouira Private Day Tour Prices:

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 195€ 115€ 85€ 75€ 65€ 60€ 45€ 30€ 27€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 195€
2 115€
3 85€
4 75€
5 65€
6 60€
7-9 45€
10-13 30€
14-17 27€


Frequently Asked Questions:

How far is Marrakech to Essaouira?

Essaouira is 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Marrakech. Travel time between Marrakech and Essaouira is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Can we stop on the way to take photos of goats climbing Argan trees?

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.

Can we stop at an Argan oil cooperative on our way to Essaouira?

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.

is it a good idea to swim in Essaouira?

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!

Are Essaouira seafood cafes and stalls safe?

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.

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Viktor Kova?

Couple Traveller

Hassan was our driver on several occasions during our stay in Morocco, and he even took us on a day trip to Essaouira. He was always great at staying in touch and making sure we were punctual. What made the experience even better was his role as an excellent guide throughout our journeys. When we reached Essaouira, a wonderful guide was already there to greet us. We got the chance to make stops along the way to check out the Argan co-ops and see the goats – every single detail seemed to be perfectly organized. And a delightful bonus was the enjoyable conversations and music that accompanied us throughout the rides. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hassan and Marrakech Desert Trips services – they really made our trip special!

August 30, 2023

Olivia Ramirez

Family Traveller

We had a wonderful journey in a cozy vehicle, expertly driven by our guide, Abdel. He was incredibly knowledgeable and shared so much interesting information with us! When we arrived in Essaouira, we were greeted by our friendly local guide, Abdul. One delightful surprise was when we made a stop for some truly fresh mint tea and a tasty snack – it added a really nice touch to the experience.

August 27, 2023

Valentina Silva

Couple Traveller

Exploring the coastal city of Essaouira is a fantastic choice for a day trip from Marrakech. Our journey was made even better by Mohamed, our driver and guide, who provided us with plenty of interesting insights and was always polite throughout the drive. Once we arrived, the friendly local guide Ahmed showed us around the old city. He pointed out the fascinating history of the Jewish population that used to thrive here – a culture that has left its mark but has sadly faded over time. I highly recommend this experience. Enjoy!

August 27, 2023

Leila Nguyen

Family Traveller

After enjoying two amazing day trips with Mohamed from Marrakech Desert Trips during our week-long stay in Marrakesh, we decided to include a trip to Essaouira with him as our guide. Mohamed’s knowledge and friendly demeanor had already impressed us. Unlike our previous day trips, the journey to Essaouira had a more relaxed pace, focusing on exploring the Medina – the ancient part of the city. Our local guide, Hamid, who introduced us to the old city, displayed genuine passion and a deep understanding of his hometown. He went above and beyond to show us lesser-known corners of the city, all without any pressure to visit shops. During our travels to and from Essaouira, Mohamed engaged us in insightful conversations about Moroccan life and the sights we encountered along the way.

August 24, 2023

Jackson Bennett

Couple Traveller

I had the pleasure of joining Hassan on my second day trip, and just like the first time, it was fantastic. He truly is an exceptional guide – warm, welcoming, and always ready to assist. Right on time, he picked me up from my hotel and had organized a fantastic local guide for our time in Essaouira. Exploring the old city was a delight, with its charm fully embraced. Later, we savored a lovely beachside lunch before making our way back to Marrakech. Working with this company has been a wonderful experience, and Hassan’s expertise shines through. He’s simply the best!

August 23, 2023
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