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How to Spend 3 Days in Essaouira

How to Spend 3 Days in Essaouira

Three days in Essaouira give you time to experience the laid-back pace of life for which the city is known. Lose yourself in the souks, kitesurf on Morocco’s windiest beach, and discover local culture and cuisine. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in Essaouira.

Day 1: Souks, seafood, and sightseeing

The best way to get around Essaouira is on foot, and a walking tour offers insight into the city’s fascinating history and pop culture connections. Visit the old citadel at Scala du Port, then walk along the ramparts for a sweeping view of the coast. 

Continue into the medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with blue and white painted buildings. Stop by some art galleries, and shop for traditional handicrafts in the mazelike souks. 

In the early evening, make your way to the port to watch as the colorful fishing boats return to shore with the day’s catch and crowds gather to purchase fresh seafood. Sample it for yourself at one of the restaurants around Moulay el Hassan square.

Day 2: Sun, sea, and kitesurfing

Blessed with strong sea winds, Essaouira is considered one of Morocco’s best spots for surfing and kitesurfing. So, book a morning surfing or kitesurfing class—you’ll find options to suit all levels. 

In the afternoon, head out on an all-terrain vehicle excursion, horseback ride, or camel ride. Essaouira’s beaches, sand dunes, and coastal forests provide the perfect backdrop—some tours even include a picnic.

After an action-packed day, relax with a cold beer at one of the beachside bars, and watch the sun set over the ocean. 

 

Day 3: Cultural immersion

Day-trip destinations from Essaouria include Marrakech and the beach resort of Agadir, and there are ample hiking opportunities in the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, use your final day to experience local life and immerse yourself in Moroccan culture.

Start with a visit to an argan oil collective and learn how Morocco’s world-famous oil is produced. Take a walk through the argan forests, see the workshops, and enjoy mint tea with members of the cooperative. Don’t forget to pick up some oil as a souvenir.

In the afternoon, join a cooking class and discover the secrets behind Moroccan dishes such as tagine and couscous. Shop for ingredients at the local market while learning about typical herbs and spices, then prepare a delicious dinner to share with your hosts.  

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Camel Ride on the Beach of Essaouria

Camel Ride on the Beach of Essaouria

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Ride a camel across Essaouira’s beaches, dunes and forests on a 2-hour guided ride. Take in the rhythmic sway of the camel’s gait from a traditional saddle, and absorb stunning views of the Atlantic coast. Scramble up the sides of steep sandy dunes, explore shady forests and get a camel’s-eye view of Essaouira’s tranquil countryside.
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3 hours horse riding at Essaouira

3 hours horse riding at Essaouira

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Essaouira’s golden sands and palm-lined beaches offer a stunning backdrop for a horseback ride. On this tour, mount up for a scenic horseback ride and trek along the coast, passing traditional fishing villages, sweeping sand dunes, and eucalyptus forests. Depending on your ability, either enjoy a relaxing ride on a well-trained Berber horse or have chance to trot or gallop along the beach.
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Day Camel Ride with Picnic on Essaouira's beach

Day Camel Ride with Picnic on Essaouira's beach

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The Sahara Desert isn’t the only place to enjoy a camel ride in Morocco—on this tour, explore the beautiful beaches, sand dunes, and coastal forests of Essaouira aboard a dromedary camel. Admire the views as you amble along the coast and stop along the way to enjoy a Moroccan-style picnic lunch.
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