Table Of Contents
- 1 Best things to do in Essaouira Morocco!
- 1.1 Morocco Trip From Essaouira
- 1.2 From Marrakech to Essaouira – How to get there
- 1.3 How many days to spend in Essaouira, Morocco?
- 1.4 Essaouira Weather
- 1.5 The best things to do in Essaouira, Morocco
- 1.6 What is a medina?
- 1.7 The beach of Essaouira
- 1.8 Essaouira’s best restaurants in Morocco
- 1.9 Essaouira or Mogador?
- 1.10 Hotels in Essaouira
Best things to do in Essaouira Morocco!
Morocco Trip From Essaouira
Dreaming of Morocco travel? If you are planning a trip to Morocco, here are the best things to do in Essaouira Morocco!
This summer I spent 2 weeks in Morocco. It was my first time in Africa, and I was so excited to finally cross it off my bucket list. We traveled all over the country. I wanted to see as much of Morocco as possible in our 2 short weeks!
I obsessed over the itinerary. Which cities were worth visiting and how long should I spend there? Is one day enough? Is two days too many?? Will we get bored? Will I wish we had moved on?
Of all the places we went to in Morocco, one of my favorites was the colorful seaside town of Essaouira (Essa-we-rah).
From Marrakech to Essaouira – How to get there
It is very easy to get from Marrakech to Essaouira. There are two bus companies, CTM and Supratours, which run several times a day between Marrakech and Essaouira. These buses are luxury coaches with comfortable, reclining seats and air conditioning. The bus lasts 3 hours and includes a 20-minute stop halfway for toilets and snacks.
The best way to get from Marrakech to Essaouira is the Supratours bus, as it drops you off closer to the city center (medina) in Essaouira. The CTM bus drops you further outside the city, and you must then take a cab to get to the city center.
Unfortunately, you cannot buy bus tickets online, you can only buy them in person at the bus station. It is best to buy your tickets at least one day in advance.
This is a bit inconvenient because you have to go to the bus station the day before to buy your ticket. However, our riad in Marrakech was able to send someone to buy our tickets in Essaouira, so check with your hotel to see if they offer this service.
Once you are in Essaouira, you can buy your return tickets as soon as you arrive, or as the bus station is located in the city center, it is not too late to come back another time to buy them.
Please make sure you get to the bus station at least 30 minutes in advance. If you have a suitcase (even the size of hand luggage), you should check your bag. You have to wait in line like at the airport. It costs 50 cents per piece of luggage to check in.
How many days to spend in Essaouira, Morocco?
If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Essaouira, we spent two nights and I think that was the perfect amount.
I would not recommend a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech. It’s too much travel. You have to spend at least one night there. There is certainly enough to see and do for one or two days.
Essaouira is a seaside town on the coast of Morocco. We were in Morocco at the end of June, and it was HOT everywhere else in Morocco! The temperature was about 90-100 degrees F in the cities. But the coastal cities of Morocco are known to be MUCH cooler and more pleasant, normally around 70-80 degrees F. The cooler temperatures in Essaouira were a welcome relief for us!
Essaouira is also known to be very windy. I have heard people say that it can get so windy that it is unpleasant to walk on the beach because the sand flies everywhere. However, we must have been very lucky when we were there. There was no wind at all, just normal, sunny weather on the beach.
The best things to do in Essaouira, Morocco
Explore the medina! All the photos above in this post were taken in the medina. You could spend hours wandering through the narrow streets lined with colorful pottery, handmade textiles and leather goods. The medina of Essaouira was my favorite medina among all the cities we visited.
What is a medina?
Every city in Morocco has a medina. It is the “main square” of the city. A typical medina is surrounded by ancient fortification walls and has many narrow, labyrinthine streets inside. The medina is full of stores and restaurants.
I love all the colorful gates of the medina !!
Walls of the city
Climb the city walls for this panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Skala du Port
For another point of view, the best view of Essaouira is that of the Skala du Port.
It is there that you will have a view of the city on the ocean, like the first picture of this post.
You can also see this small island with the remains of a historical fort.
you can’t help but notice how blue this water is!
The beach of Essaouira
Take a walk on the beach! If it’s not too windy, Essaouira’s beach is long and flat – perfect for a morning or evening stroll!
Essaouira’s best restaurants in Morocco
La Table de Madada – We were at the beach, so we absolutely wanted to eat seafood! After consulting TripAdvisor, Google and our hotel, we learned that the best restaurant in Essaouira for seafood was La Table by Madada. I highly recommend it! Save some space for the pastilla dessert!!
Le Sirocco – the best restaurant in Essaouira for local and traditional cuisine is Le Sirocco. The chicken pastilla was incredible !!!
Essaouira or Mogador?
The city of Essaouira used to be known as under the name of Mogador.
Hotels in Essaouira
I strongly recommend that you stay inside the medina. This is where we spent most of our time. Everything is very close. There is only a 10 minute walk from the medina to the beach.
We stayed at Riad Perle D’Eau. WiFI and breakfast are included. I really loved our hotel because it has a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean. Breakfast is served every morning with sea view. The freshly squeezed orange juice was incredible! Don’t forget to go up in the evening to watch the sunset! The two photos of the sunset above were taken from the roof terrace of our riad.