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Essaouira For Families

The Beach at Essaouira

Discover the attractions of Essaouira, a walled town on the Atlantic coast with a large sandy beach and photogenic traditional fishing harbour, that has plenty to offer for both adults and children of all ages.

The wonderful fortified medina has a maze of small alleys, little shops, fascinating souks (markets), cafes and a fabulous wall surrounding it, with old cannons overlooking the Atlantic.  The medina leads to the old port, where beautiful blue boats rest and lots of seafood is on offer. 

Beach play areaThe beach is large and only a very short walk from the medina, with a number of cafes and fine golden sand – affording many hours of fun on the beach or playtime in the beach playground,.



Surfing at EssaouiraSurfing - Morocco has good surf from September to April as the Atlantic swell works with light offshore winds, and small but often useable surf in the summer months.  Essaouira town beach has board hire and lessons available and is good for beginners, Sidi Kaouki beach is a short drive away with more challenging waves .

Sailboats for hire on Essaouira Breach


Sailing/Windsurfing/Kitesurfing - The town beach is protected from the most severe Atlantic weather and waves by an island just offshore, but can be windy in peak summer months which makes it ideal for wind based sports. Hobie cats, kayaking, windsurfers and kitesurfing are available for hire and tuition.


Camel And Horse Treks in Essaouira Camel treks and Horse Treks are on offer nearby led by charming guides who encourage you to put your trust in the enormous, docile animals. With more time a longer ride gives you the ability to see more of the varied scenery away from the coast.




Other Options

  • Hire a bike, car, taxi or caleche (horse-drawn taxi) and visit the nearby beach of Moulay Bouzarqtoune, enjoying lunch at the lovely café Lawama overlooking the ocean and watching windsurfers in action.
  • Take a boat to the Iles de Mogador, breeding ground for the rare Eleanora’s falcon.
  • For the more adventurous, walk at low tide the 2 miles along the beach and see the romantic fort of Borj El Barod crumbling into the sea, or the ruined sultan's palace at Diabat.


Possible 4 nights family itinerary:

Day 1 Transfer from Marrakech airport, time at leisure exploring the town

Day 2 Time on the beach. Lunch overlooking the port and explore the souks in the late afternooon

Day 3 Camel or horse trek, or walk by the coast

Day 4 Take a surf lesson or hire bikes or opt for a day excursion

Day 5 Transfer to Marrakech or Marrakech Airport