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How to Spend 2 Days in Essaouira

How to Spend 2 Days in Essaouira

Two days in Essaouira are enough time to venture beyond the highlights and experience the port city’s bohemian spirit. Walk the ramparts and explore the souks, relax at the beach, and sample local culture and cuisine. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Essaouira.

Day 1: Sights and souks

**Morning:**Get your bearings on a walking tour of Essaouira. Visit the ruins of the old citadel, and climb up to the ramparts for a sweeping view of the coast. Afterward, wander around the UNESCO-listed medina for a myriad of photo ops: admire the blue and white painted buildings, stop by the Museum of Essaouira, and people watch on Moulay el Hassan square.

**Afternoon:**Lose yourself in the labyrinth of souks that run throughout the medina. The tiny shops, market stalls, and workshops are a great place to pick up souvenirs—traditional handicrafts, exotic spices, and Moroccan argan oil are all popular choices. For a more personalized experience, shop with a private guide who can help you haggle for the best prices.  

**Night:**In the early evening, make your way to the port as the local fishermen return to shore in their colorful boats with the day’s catch. It’s a lively scene—don’t forget your camera. 

Day 2: Cuisine and camel rides

**Morning:**Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture and join a cooking class. Visit the local market to shop for ingredients and learn about typical herbs and spices, then try out traditional techniques and prepare dishes such as tagine and couscous. Finally, sit down with your hosts to share a delicious homemade lunch.

**Afternoon:**Riding a camel through the desert is a quintessential Moroccan experience, but Essaouira’s beaches and dunes provide a scenic alternative. After your ride, go to Essaouira Beach and watch the surfers, stroll the windswept shores, or take a kitesurfing lesson.

**Night:**Spend your final evening in Essaouira enjoying the town’s nightlife. Grab a beer at one of the beachfront bars, then head into the medina to one of the many live music venues. As the host of the annual Gnaoua World Music Festival, Essaouira is one of the best places in Morocco to attend a performance of traditional Gnaoua music and dance—book your tickets in advance. 

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Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts

Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts

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Experience Essaouira’s most distinctive food and art on a 3-hour walking tour of the medina’s rich history and vibrant culture. Sample traditional sweets at the city’s oldest pastry shop and stroll the fortifications with a local guide; follow the winding lanes of a neighborhood souk to artists’ studios and workshops. Dine alongside locals as you enjoy freshly-caught fish from the Essaouira Bay, savor a sweet dessert then learn local remedies in a herbalist’s shop over a traditional glass of Moroccan tea.
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Horse Ride on the Beach in Essaouira

Horse Ride on the Beach in Essaouira

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Ride a horse across Essaouira’s beaches, dunes, and forest on this tour. Select a horse that’s suited to your riding experience — beginners start with a basic riding lesson — then walk, canter, or gallop across the smooth sand; clamber up steep seaside dunes to sweeping views, and wind through the shade of Essaouira’s arid forests.
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3-hour Dromedary Ride in Essaouira

3-hour Dromedary Ride in Essaouira

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Discover the serene coastal city of Essaouira on this guided, 3-hour camel ride. Climb aboard a desert dromedary and travel from the Ruins of Sultan Palace and Portuguese Castle to Essaouira Beach and beyond. Also, visit a small forest of eucalyptus and mimosa. Enjoy the scenic stroll away from the hustle of city life and enjoy a few hours of sightseeing. Be sure to bring a camera for photo stop opportunities. Local hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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3 Hours Quad Trip in Essaouira

3 Hours Quad Trip in Essaouira

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Hop on a quad bike and explore the desert outside Essaouira on this guided, 3-hour quad-bike tour. After a brief introduction to the bike and a practice run, travel from the Ruins of Sultan Palace and Portuguese Castle to Essaouira Beach and beyond. Also, visit a small forest of eucalyptus and mimosa. The quad-bike rental plus use of a helmet and wind jacket and a Essaouira hotel pickup and drop-off are included. 
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Experience Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music and Dance Performances

Experience Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music and Dance Performances

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Immerse yourself in Essaouira’s Gnawa tradition on a 3-hour music tour to local homes and thriving haunts. Experience the city’s distinctive African rhythms as you slip into a sacred Gnawa temple, watch an intimate dance performance and study the dancers’ traditional costumes. Meet a Gnawa master for a private demonstration, learn how guembri instruments are made, then take in Essaouira’s vibrant music scene at a local venue, where young musicians blend their musical heritage with Latin beats and Western sounds in the heart of the old city.
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Surf lessons Morocco

Surf lessons Morocco

We will enjoy a unique experience, learning to surf on the perfect Moroccan beaches, and enjoying a family atmosphere, where you can improve your surfing practice with the best professionals certified by the International Surf Association (ISA)
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Individual Lessons of Kite Surf in Essaouira

Individual Lessons of Kite Surf in Essaouira

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Learn the sport of kitesurfing in the serene coastal city of Essaouira with a private lesson. Located on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast, this walled port city — a late-18th-century fortified town — includes a fishing harbor (complete with seagulls galore). Conditions are typically ideal any time of year to learn and practice kitesurfing. Choose from a morning or afternoon session. Surfing equipment is included and the lessons are suitable for all skill levels. Transportation to the spots is provided.
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Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina

Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina

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Our driver will be at your arrival at Essaouira Airport holding a card with your name. He will take you in our very comfortable car driving to your hotel in the Medina or outside the Medina.
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