Travelling from Marrakech to Essaouira with a private car and English speaking driver will take about 3 hours and will transport you from an ancient desert city to a magical seaside port village.
This 18th century village designed by Europeans as a Portugese fishing village, the port is a working port that you can visit to see Moroccan fisherman bringing in their daily catch. Choose what you like fresh off the boat and take the fish to a nearby grill for a fresh seafood lunch.
Wander the medina of Essaouira at your leisure to see a lot of art and handicrafts. Take your time and shop in some of the newer and more modern shops that are popping up. Or choose to visit the traditional shops with lots of souvenirs to take home with you without the pressure of Marrakech.
Head to the beach and waterfront for a magical sunset before heading back to Marrakech.
Located about 3 hours west of Marrakech, a day trip to Essaouira is a very popular activity. Originally a Portugese fishing village, Essaouira is now home to many artists and musicians who call this place home. Spend some time wandering through the village and stay for awhile. Enjoy activities along the long beach front, whether a walk in the surf, try your hand at surfing, a camel ride, or just a book and swim.
The medina in Essaouira is relaxed and easy to navigate and the shops are filled with all sorts of treasures. Visit the working port and meet the fishermen just back with their daily catch and select your lunch for grilling by a nearby vendor. Essaouira is the place to buy pure argan oil. Its also great for relaxing, music, art and seafood.
Your trip will leave bright and early in the morning from your Riad or hotel and return in the evening. The ride each way includes a comfort stop for food and coffee.