If you’re looking for some fun things to do in Essaouira, Morocco, here are five wonderful ways to enjoy a summertime escape to this beautiful city by the sea.
Enjoy a Summertime Escape to Essaouira, Morocco
The stunning city of Essaouira, Morocco is a popular destination for International travelers – particularly hippies, artists, and music lovers. Sitting along the Atlantic coastline about two hours from Marrakech, Essaouira is also popular with the locals, providing a welcome escape from the summertime heat.
This bustling city was used as a backdrop in several episodes of Game of Thrones, but at heart, it is still just a simple fishing town with a great port, places to dine on fresh seafood, and a busy traditional souk where you can spend hours exploring. And if you are looking for more to do, here are five wonderful things to do in Essaouira, Morocco.
Head to the Beach
The beautiful beaches around Essaouira are the main draw for many Moroccans, particularly those who live in nearby Marrakech. In the oppressing heat of summer, the Atlantic coastline is a cool relief. But these beaches aren’t just a great place to relax and work on your tan. The beaches of Essaouira are all about recreation!
The strong winds off the Atlantic make this area a wonderful place to enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing, and other fun water sports. There are surfing schools and shops, and you will find people with all ranges of ability from beginners to advanced.
Another popular beach activity in Essaouira is horseback riding. There are places to rent a horse, lessons for beginners, and tours you can sign up for ranging from an hour or two – to a few days!
Wander the Ramparts
These defensive walls that guard the city against the sea are beautiful and rich in history. Drink in amazing views of the sea while wandering along the strong walls – complete with ancient cannons. The Ramparts are a particularly wonderful location for photographers. Even if you aren’t confident with a camera, this picturesque place will have you feeling like a pro!
See How Argan Oil is Made
The Argan tree is native to Morocco and many products are made from the precious Argan Oil contained within the kernels harvested from the tree. There are several Argan oil cooperatives in Essaouira, where women gather to harvest the precious oil. These places are open to visitors and are a bit like a living museum where you can observe and learn about the ancient practice of Argan Oil harvesting. You can even watch them make Argan Cream by hand.
Visit the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Museum
This incredible museum features objects ranging from jewelry and pottery to tools and weapons. Take a walk through history within these walls. You will learn all about the history of Essaouira and the Berber culture. The Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah is considered the best museum in the city. This is a must-visit for anyone wanting to learn more about Morocco and the people who live here.
Tap Your Feet at the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira
f you are visiting Morocco in June and happen to love music, the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira is an amazing event. The festival features many musical artists from around the world. You’ll hear Jazz, Rock, Contemporary World Music, and the incredible and mysterious Gnaouie music. This event celebrates freedom and harmony, peace and tolerance. For festival dates, information, and to purchase tickets, check out the Gnaoua World Music Festival Official Site.
Like most of the beach cities, Essaouira really comes to life in the summer. But this lovely city is truly worth visiting any time of year. Although not as popular as the large cities like Marrakech, you should consider making time to visit. We offer day trips to Essaouira from Marrakech. Better yet, consider a custom tour of this wonderful city by the sea. You can leave all the work and planning for us and just enjoy the experience. Contact us anytime and we’ll be happy to help you make all your travel dreams a reality!