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

Essaouira, Morocco

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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.
  • 3-hour food and art walking tour in Essaouira
  • Head away from the beaten tourist trail and discover everyday Moroccan culture
  • Mingle with local artists at a souk in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Medina of Essaouira
  • Walk around the historical fishing port and along the city ramparts
  • Enjoy fresh seafood at the waterfront fish market
  • Sample traditional Moroccan desserts
  • Sip Moroccan tea at a traditional herbalist shop
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Local guide
Food and drink tastings
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Avenue du Caire, Essaouira, Morocco

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This is a child-friendly tour, but is not stroller-friendly. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page. Please note this tour includes possible small spaces and is therefore not suitable for strollers.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please wear suitable footwear
  • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) and knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended. Mornings can be cool and winter months can be wet and windy so please dress appropriately
  • We believe in Responsible Travel. Please bring a refillable bottle for water and remember to keep hydrated, especially during hot days. A reusable bag is also recommended to carry any purchases to reduce plastic bag waste.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Morocco

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts.
What is the maximum group size during Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Experience Essaouira: Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts.

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Worthwhile introduction to Essaouira
, Feb 2020
Interesting, unhurried tour of different parts of Essaouira. Along with hearing about the multicultural history, we bought fish from the port that we later had expertly prepared as part of the tour. Saïd was very nice indeed and seems to know everyone!
Saed was the best tour guide
, Jan 2020
Saed provided an excellent tour of Essaouira; in fact his food and art walking tour was one of the best guided tours I have ever had. He clearly explained to us many facts about the history, art, and architecture of the city. Of special note was his detailed explanations of the unique architectural features of the Jewish quarter. We had the unique experience of picking fresh fish from the dock and salad ingredients from the market and having a chef at one of the market stalls cook it for us. Saed is also a very pleasant and kind person and it was a pleasure to spend time with him on the tour. He was generous with his time, attentive to our needs and questions, and he actually spent longer with us than planned. All in all, if you take just one tour, take this one.
A great experience of the Essaouira Medina
Neryl E
, Oct 2019
I'd highly recommend this tour - Said was a fabulous guide; he seemed to know everyone in town! We visited a patisserie for a delicious pastry, then the fishing port for fresh sardines, followed by the food market where Said bought fresh fruit and veg. We then went to a local restaurant where they prepared the food for us while we toured the Jewish quarter. Once we'd finished our tour, a delicious lunch was waiting! Even though I was the only one on the tour on this occasion, Said made me feel totally comfortable and was fun and friendly. A great introduction to the fantastic Essaouira Medina!
Fabulous Way to Experience Essaouira!
, Jan 2019
Said was an exceptional tour guide: enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and fun. We explored the medina and the ramparts, shopped for our lunch (which was later prepared for us at a local kitchen), and sipped tea as we collected spices to take home with us. Said graciously took extra time with us while our daughters crafted the perfect Instagram photos (sometimes taking them himself) and also helped us find items we were shopping for--at reasonable prices from friendly vendors. We all loved the tour and would do it again in a heartbeat. Said is very good at his job, and we feel lucky to have found him!
Said was a great tour guide. He was...
andrew l
, May 2018
Said was a great tour guide. He was fantastic with out 2.5 and 4 year old girls. His English was very strong. I feel like we got a great feel for the Medina in a short time. We spent more time in the Medina in Marrekesh a few days later and felt our experience in Essaouira was legitimate. We cut the tour a little short because the girls had to get back to nap.
We got to tour around Essaouira with...
Andrew P
, Dec 2017
We got to tour around Essaouira with Syed who was a fantastic laid back guide. He showed us some of the standard tourist spot like the tower and walls and walked us through the fish market and picked out some pieces that were to become our lunch. He also showed us some of the more out of the way and hidden art galleries that can be found in Essaouira. Really a great tour and a hidden little place for lunch like the locals. Highly recommended.
This tour was a really unique...
Siriyalini T
, Dec 2017
This tour was a really unique opportunity to spend a day with a local - Said has grown up in Essaouira and everyone in the town seems to be a friend of his! He knows all about the history of Essaouira and wanted us to try only the best local foods around. We visited the ramparts, a beautiful art gallery and we had our lunch in a hidden away kitchen - where the chefs prepare a delicious dish from the ingredients you bring! Said was an excellent guide, he spent the whole day with us and he felt like a good friend of ours by the end of the tour :
Unfortunately, having re-read the...
, Dec 2017
Unfortunately, having re-read the description on line this trip was not as advertised and given the reasonable prices of everything locally it seems over priced. I have to say that the guide Anas was very pleasant and charming but in retrospect seemed to not have been briefed on what the tour was supposed to deliver! I had issues meeting up with him initially as the meet up instructions printed off on line were not very clear. It was more of a general walking tour of Essaouira, we went round the ramparts and visited the Mella and the synagogue and had a general amble around the souk and shopping areas. However there was no meet up with local artists and we did not eat in the fish market, or visit a herbalists shop. The lunch was a bit underwhelming, I was only offered the choice of sardines or chicken - and ended up having grilled chicken with morroccan salad tomato and onion and bread and some olives in a very local place which was perfectly pleasant but not exactly a ground breaking food experience.
Very interesting, relaxing tour with...
Joshua A
, Sep 2017
Very interesting, relaxing tour with a natural born guide Said. He showed us the ins and outs of Medina, a.k.a. all the interesting places. He provided us with lots of information about historical and actual facts of Medina Essaouira. We tried local pastries at a cake shop... Our lunch was amazing!! We bought fresh fish from the port, fresh vegetables from the market and ate it at a local place, where they prepared the dish for us. Afterwards we visited the art gallery and saw some beautiful paintings and sculptures... which was worth while. We highly recommend this tour with Said. Facts, history, fun, pictures, food and art!
Really interesting walk around the...
Paul D
, Mar 2017
Really interesting walk around the port and Medina. Said was an excellent guide, explaining the history and culture of the town. He took us to a really nice coffee and cake shop which had a lovely courtyard. We also had an excellent lunch of freshly bought fish from the port and cooked in the back of a shop on the main avenue in the Medina. The tour took approximately 4 hrs at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunity for photographs. We would highly recommend taking this tour at the beginning of your stay in Essaouira to help you get the feel of the town and the people.

Product code: 6057ESSAOUIRA

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