Essaouira is one of Morocco’s most popular and laid-back beachside towns on the southwest coast of North Africa.
I spent one day in this bright and breezy coastal town while I was backpacking Morocco with Travel Talk Tours and have put together this complete guide of the 3 best things to do in Essaouira.
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WHERE IS ESSAOUIRA
Essaouira is approximately a 3-hour drive west of Marrakech, located on the southwest coast of Morocco.
HOW TO GET HERE
Essaouira can be reached by bus, plane, or private taxi.
If time is sensitive and you would prefer to fly, there are daily flights available to Essaouira which you can search for on CheapOair.com.
I arrived in Essaouira via bus from Marrakech on Day 2 of my Travel Talk Morocco Tour.
3 THINGS TO DO IN ESSAOUIRA
A stroll, swim, or surf at Essaouira Beach is one of the best things to do in Essaouira.
It is a popular spot for surfing in the Atlantic Ocean during the swell season in the winter months of December through to March and on windy days it is a haven for kite surfers.
For non-surfers, Essaouira beach stretches 2km around the bay, so you’re guaranteed to find a secluded spot along the sand to sunbathe and swim.
Half a dozen restaurants and cafes are situated along the pristine shoreline at Essaouira Beach – the perfect spot for lunch and to chill in a hammock or beach chair, soaking up some Vitamin-D.
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EXPLORE ESSAOUIRA MEDINA
Getting lost in the rabbit warren of souks inside the medina was one of my favorite things to do in Essaouria!
Each small street is filled with handmade garments of sorts, spice shops, souvenir stores, and seafood restaurants. In 2001, the medina of Essaouira was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Also, don’t forget to head over to the large open square down by the Essaouira Port when it comes alive during the late afternoons and into the night.
Listen to the street buskers and grab something to eat and drink as the sun begins to set over the Atlantic Ocean.
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Essaouira Square – What To Do In Essaouira
Lastly on this list of things to do in Essaouira is a visit to the traditional blue fishing boats that can be found down by the fort walls, one of Essaouira’s main attractions.
A postcard-like setting is a painter’s dream and it’s also one of the best locations to watch the sunset.
After some hours spent down on Essaouira Beach, followed by getting lost inside the beautiful medina, the bustling port is the best place to finish off a day in Essaouira!
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Afternoon’s spent at Essaouira Port
WHERE TO STAY IN ESSAOUIRA
Essaouira has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Essaouira to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Heure Bleue Palace
Mid Range: Chems Bleu
Budget: Seagulls Hostel
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Another option for accommodation is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The currency in Morocco is Dirham (MAD) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 10 MAD.
Purchasing a sim card in Morocco is very cheap and simple. You can do this at the airport on arrival or find a phone store close to your accommodation. For approximately $10 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data.
MORE MORROCO TRAVEL GUIDES
- Morocco Travel Guide: 10 Day Morocco Itinerary
- Chefchaouen Travel Guide: 5 Things To Do In Chefchaouen
HOW TO GET TO MOROCCO
Arriving by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in Morocco.
I flew to Morocco with Royal Air Maroc which is the country’s largest and most reputable airline that offers daily flights, excellent customer service, and an all-around comfortable experience.
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Visitors to Morocco can spend up to 90-days on a tourist visa which is free of charge. The only requirement is that your passport has to be valid for a period of 6-months before its expiry.
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