9 Fantastic Things to Do in Essaouira

Updated 5 March 2020 | by Felicity Brown
Things to do in Essaouira

When tourists think of Morocco, they generally think of Marrakech. But there are so many more exciting holiday destinations in Morocco to consider. Essaouira - with its beautiful fortified walls, fishing harbour and Medina full of winding alleyways - is a coastal town not to be missed. It was designed by a Frenchman, and there is definitely a french feel to the fortress, but it's also quintessentially Moroccan. There are lots of things to do in Essaouira, so move on over Marrakech, you've had your time in the limelight...

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1. Go for a camel ride on the beach or in the sand dunes

Camel ride on the beach Essaouira



2. Try surfing or windsurfing

Essaouira beach is exposed to high winds and it has some fantastic waves coming straight of the Atlantic ocean, so it's a Mecca for water sports enthusiasts. 

surfing in Essaouira



3. Explore the maze of winding streets inside the Medina

This UNESCO world-heritage site is the highlight of Essaouira. Spend a day exploring and discovering its many alleyways.

exploring the streets of the Medina Essaouira



4. Sample the tasty olives from the market

olives from the market Essaouira



5. Do some souvenir shopping in the souks of the Medina

souvenir ceramics in Essaouira



6. Take a stroll through Essaouira fishing port

These blue fishing boats make a beautiful backdrop for holiday photos!

fishing port in Essaouira



7. Soak up the scenery and the ancient architecture from the walls of the fortress

fortress walls Essaouira



8. Have a cuddle with one of the many kittens inhabiting the Medina

Kittens and cats of Essaouira



9. And finally, we've saved the best until last. Drive into the countryside and see goats… climbing trees

goats climbing trees Morocco


Dying to explore the endless corridors of this Moroccan maze of a coastal town? 


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