Take a bite-sized adventure of Morocco’s coast.

Need an excuse to head coastal in Morocco? Look no further than a short break to the seaside town of Essouira – a place that is known for its white-washed buildings, laidback vibe and delicious seafood. Consider exploring by foot the spice-scented lanes, the bustling markets, or perhaps meet with the Gnawa people – an Afro-Moroccan group whose culture and music provide the heartbeat of this town. This bite-sized adventure starts and ends in Marrakech and takes the stress of travel and organisation away from you. Get relaxed and get exploring on Morocco’s coast.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
XMAE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Take the journey to bustling Marrakech to the laidback vibe of Morocco’s coast, without the hassle of working out your own travel arrangements.

  • Discover the colourful markets of Essaouria and finish a half-day guided tour of the city with a delicious barbecue seafood lunch.

  • Consider your options of joining an Urban Adventures experience in Essaouira – perhaps with a focus on local cuisine, or traditional Gnawa culture and music.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is one of our Short Breaks and is slightly different to our group tours. There is no group leader but rather a local guide with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence during free time. You'll most likely travel on a join-in basis, which means you may or may not be joined by others for transportation, depending on demand.

Itinerary

Good morning from Morocco! This morning, you’ll be collected from your hotel in Marrakech and will travel to the port town of Essaouira, driving for around 3 hours. The name Essaouira literally translates to image, which is appropriate since it's such a picturesque town. Its charm is undeniable; within the stone ramparts you'll find whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters, art galleries and wood workshops. This laidback artists' town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. The town faces a group of rocky islands, called the Mogador, and is surrounded by an expanse of sandy beaches and dunes. It's still a busy fishing port and its pretty harbour is filled with tiny colourful boats which go out early every morning for the day's catch. You'll arrive in time to wander the cafes and have some lunch with the afternoon free to relax.
Accommodation
  • Riad (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your driver will be ready to pick you up from your Marrakech hotel at 8 am this morning, unless different time was requested in advance.
After breakfast, head on a half-day guided tour of this seaside port, checking out all of the main sights and gaining insider knowledge with a local guide. After this tour, you’ll be sure to have worked up an appetite, so you will finish with a fresh barbecue seafood lunch with today’s local catch (other dietary options are also available). With the afternoon free for you to explore, why not check out an Urban Adventures tour? Perhaps the Gnawa Music Experience – step inside the sacred and traditional world of the Gnawa, an Afro-Moroccan group whose music and culture are the heartbeat of Essaouira. Meet with Gnawa masters and experience their addictive music in hidden domains inaccessible to Essaouira outsiders. If more food is on the menu, how about the Essaouira Food & Culture tour, which takes you on a tour through the medina, to the fishing port, and up onto the ramparts of this mesmerising Moroccan city. With pastries to start, grilled fish in the middle, and a cup of tea brewed by an expert herbalist at the end, you’ll leave with a taste of the exotic that you won’t soon forget. If you’d prefer to do your own thing, that’s good too! The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for strolling. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind. If you’d like to relax, don't miss the opportunity to indulge in a hammam or local-style bath.
Accommodation
  • Riad (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a relaxing morning, and after breakfast, you’ll travel back to Marrakech (approximately 3 hours). Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to be dropped off at the airport or a hotel in Marrakech – both arrangements can be made available.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your driver will be ready to pick you up from our Essaouira accommodation at 9 am this morning, unless different time was requested in advance.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private minvan

Accommodation

Riad (2 nights)

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Important notes

1. A transfer from your Marrakech hotel to our Essaouira Accommodation is included as part of the trip. Please provide us with your hotel details at least 15 days prior to departure. Default pick up time from Marrakech hotel is 8am on Day 1 unless different time is requested at the time of booking.
2. A transfer from our Essaouira Accommodation to either the Marrakech airport or your hotel in Marrakech is included as part of the trip. Please provide us with your hotel details/flight details at least 15 days prior to departure.
3. On Day 3 please don't book your flight until after 2pm.
2. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date your transfers will be shared.

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