Essaouira, Morocco - Firebird City Guides

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Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a fabulous Moroccan coastal beauty and a charming Atlantic port town colored in blue in white. It was once a popular pilgrimage site for hippies and is a favored tourist destination today, renowned for incredible waves for surfing. The windy city has a soft mild climate with temperatures that stay almost the same all year long.

Apart from beautiful beaches, Essaouira itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed for its numerous attractions and astounding 18th century fortifications set right on the seaside. Moreover, they often appear on TV, most recently as the fictional city Astapor in the "Game of Thrones".

Since about the 5th century BC Essaouira has been a prominent Moroccan trading hub. The Romans came to the city tempted by purple dyes that were made here of unique sea snails. The Portuguese converted the town into a major exporter of gold and ivory, of spices and slaves, that were transported from here to the New World after a long and exhausting transfer via the Sahara desert.

The city was always multicultural and in the mid-18th century its population was surprisingly mostly made up by immigrant Jews, thus there is even an old Jewish quarter in town. Essaouira encompasses a delightful walled old town. The gates of the medina display the Islamic Crescent, the Star of David and the Scallop of Santiago, portraying its religious tolerance and valued friendship of different cultures.

Time permitting, take a stroll to the local marina famous for serving freshly caught seafood. Here you can treat yourself to a delicious meal taking in the views of the ocean and numerous boats.

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Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira, Morocco

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Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
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10 days

6 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Fes | Bin El Ouidane | Marrakech | Essaouira

Travel to the most spectacular destinations in Morocco with our non-desert route from Casablanca to Marrakech. Admire the vistas of Morocco’s “Little Switzerland”, the city of Ifrane, and the nearby natural reserve. Have a breakfast by the county's biggest lake - Bin el Ouidane and relax under the lime trees surrounding Ouzoud Waterfalls.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

7 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Chefchaouen | Fes | Merzouga | Marrakech | Essaouira

Start your journey in vibrant Casablanca and travel across the whole country. Spend a night in a hidden gem of Morocco - Chefchaouen, see Roman ruins of Volubilis and gaze at the stars in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Cross the Atlas Mountains and drive through the famous Tizi’n’Tichka pass.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Fes | Merzouga | Marrakech | Essaouira

Explore Morocco with our classic tour package featuring vibrant Casablanca, culturally mixed Rabat, spiritual Fes, and authentic Marrakech. Experience a whole range of diverse terrain from the forested natural reserves to the largest desert in the world - The Sahara, where you'll stay overnight in a Berber camp.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

7 cities

1 country

Tangier | Chefchaouen | Fes | Merzouga | Marrakech | Essaouira | Casablanca

Arrive in Tangier - Europe’s gateway to Africa and in 13 days explore the whole country from north to south. On this trip you see 7 out of 9 UNESCO Sites, the blue city of Chefchaouen, spiritual Fes, Roman ruins of Volubilis and Meknes, Marrakech and vivid Casablanca and spend overnight in the Sahara Desert in a berber camp.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

5 days

4 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Marrakech | Essaouira

Expose yourself to a whole new world of cultures, natural gems, and inimitable tastes in Morocco. Set off on a short adventure while touring the capital of the country - Rabat, blue-and-white coastal city of Essaouira and colorful Marrakech.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

6 days

4 cities

1 country

Casablanca | Rabat | Marrakech | Essaouira

Discover Morocco’s must-visit cities in only 6 days. See Casablanca immortalized by the eponymous Hollywood movie, explore multi-cultural Rabat, then go south to vibrant Marrakech and former Portuguese fishing village, a coastal city of Essaouira.

E.g., Aug 18 2018