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Essaouira

Essaouira is charming town to include in your holiday in Morocco. We offer a range of riads in the traditional, bustling medina and boutique hotels from which to explore the medina and active fishing port or to enjoy the long sandy beach on the Atlantic coast.

It is well suited to first time visitors wishing to explore a Moroccan walled town, the sandy beaches offering activities including water sports, for which it is renowned, and horse riding is available nearby. It lies around 2.5 hours west of Marrakech with which it ties in well for an interesting two centre holiday.

Overview

The Town

The heart of Essaouira is a small traditional medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, relatively unspoiled by tourism. The souks are quiet compared with Marrakech and offer an exciting range of craft goods including exquisite marquetry, made from the fragrant local thuya wood. The beautiful Portuguese architecture of the walled town ends at an attractive traditional fishing port, where many fish restaurants enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic.

In modern times the town has been well loved by artists and poets, and today offers visitors a seaside destination to relax or be active. Its 10 km long sandy bay offers an excellent range of water sports and is protected by the offshore island of Mogador.

There is the option of travel to/ from Marrakech by excellent inexpensive coaches. It is feasible to visit Essaouira as a day trip from Marrakech, but it is well worthy of staying for a night or more.

Weather

Essaouira enjoys a very temperate climate and, therefore, is an ideal all year round destination (although it can be windy, especially in peak summer months). The coast is often breezy or windy in summer, and therefore feels several degrees cooler than inland.

Flights

There are various flights available from UK airports into Marrakech, but the introduction of the new Essaouira flights in May 2015 makes this lovely traditional coastal town even more accessible.

Accommodation

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Dar Beida

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> Destinations > Essaouira

Dar Beida is a superbly maintained, well equipped 4 bedroom house (sleeping up to 8 guests) let on a weekly basis. Its modern features blend with traditional stone arches and thuya wood ceilings to produce a chic and tranquil retreat in the eastern side of the medina near the souks or a short walk from the beach and port.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£1200 per week, whole house, prices vary considerably Information

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Chez Rebecca

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Chez Rebecca is a well equipped, tastefully restored 2 bedroom (sleeping up to 5 guests) top floor apartment in the medina. It has 2 terraces with the upper terrace offering sea views. It offers great value for money for small groups wanting their own space (min 3 night rental).

Standard Double Guide Price:

£45 per night, whole appartment Information

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2** Classic Information

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Dar Lazuli

Dar Lazuli

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Dar Zaluli is a house with 3 stylish self-catering studios, let individually (sleeping 2-3 people) or together (sleeping up to 9 people). It has a fabulous roof terrace and is well situated close to the main square for the beach and the port (min 3 night rental).

Standard Double Guide Price:

£50 per night, B&B Information

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2** Classic Information

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Dar Nicola

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Dar Nicola is a lovely 3 bedroom house (sleeping up to 6 guests) decorated in contemporary Moroccan/European style set near the walls of the medina. It has 2 terraces with excellent views towards the town’s beach, and offers good value for money (min 2 night rental).

Standard Double Guide Price:

£350 per week, whole appartment Information

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Hotel Miramar

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Hotel Miramar is an attractive hotel with indoor swimming pool and views of the bay from the terrace and some rooms. It is situated close to the medina and the beach and has a number of facilities including a hammam.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£45 per night, B&B Information

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Hotel Riad Zahra

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Riad Zahra is a small hotel well positioned for the beach and hire facilities for water sports, and a pleasant walk away along the promenade to the medina. It is ideal for families with spacious rooms and a pool area.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£45 per night, B&B Information

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2** Classic Information

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Lalla Mira Eco Hotel

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Lalla Mira Eco Hotel is a charming, riad style hotel in a bustling part of the medina. It supports ethical and environmental ideals, has a hammam and a good restaurant serving meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, much of which is organically grown.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£55 per night, B&B Information

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2** Classic Information

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Riad Chakir Mogador

Riad Chakir Mogador

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Riad Chakir Mogador offers reasonably priced, charming and comfortable bedrooms, and 2 small secluded roof terraces. It is located in the heart of the medina, very convenient to the souks and restaurants and only a few minutes' walk from the beach.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£25 per night, B&B Information

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2** Classic Information

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Riad des Palmiers

Riad des Palmiers

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Riad des Palmiers has three self-contained apartments in the medina. The whole house has 6 bedrooms (sleeping up to 13 guests). Each apartment has antique furnishings, a small garden and pool on a unique site adjacent to the town wall (minimum 3 nights rental).

Standard Double Guide Price:

£750 per week, whole house Information

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2** Classic Information

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Riad Les Deux Mondes

Riad Les Deux Mondes

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Riad Les Deux Mondes is an attractive small hotel set in a fairly remote rural setting 10 kms south of Essaouira. This budget priced hotel is ideal for groups or those looking for peace and quiet disturbed only by local farm animals.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£40 per night, B&B Information

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2** Classic Information

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Ocean Vagabond

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Ocean Vagabond is an attractive, comfortable, light and spacious hotel with a solar heated pool and panoramic views of the bay and medina.  It is a couple of minutes' stroll from the beach or medina and is a great place to relax. It offers interconnecting rooms ideal for families.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£75 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Riad Courtyard

Palais des Remparts

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Palais des Remparts boasts itself as the tallest building in Essaouira with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean from the terrace. In a convenient location in the medina only a short walk to the main square, the port and the beach,

Standard Double Guide Price:

£70 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Rebali Riads

Rebali Riads

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Rebali Riads comprises 6 comfortable villas (some let room by room) located close to the Sidi Kaouki beach, 20 minutes' drive from Essaouira. The villas are set in gardens with a large pool, 3 smaller private pools, a spa and a tennis court. 

Standard Double Guide Price:

£95 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Dar L'Oussia

Riad Dar L'Oussia

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> Destinations > Essaouira

Dar L’Oussia is a beautifully restored, smart and light riad hotel in a quiet part of the medina. It is set around a spacious courtyard, and the huge terrace has beautiful views of the port, town and the Atlantic. It is situated well for access to the main square, the beach and the port.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£70 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Riad Dar Mimouna

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> Destinations > Essaouira

Dar Mimouna is a medium sized hotel tastefully converted from a grand residence. It is set on the medina wall overlooking the Atlantic and has a variety of elegant rooms and a sunny terrace with good sea views.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£75 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Riad Perle D’Eau Essaouira

Riad Perle D’Eau

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Ideally located on the ramparts overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean and very near to the souks and the old Jewish Mellah district, the luxurious Perle d'Eau has some outstanding design features which showcase Moroccan craftsmanship whilst maintaining an uncluttered and relaxing ambience.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£70 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Riad Watier Patio

Ryad Watier

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> Destinations > Essaouira

Ryad Watier is well run and skillfully restored riad in the kasbah part of the medina. It is a friendly base with a good choice of rooms including those suited to families. It enjoys good views of the Atlantic from the roof terrace and is just 5 minutes' walk to the beach and the port.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£105 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Villa Allun

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Villa Allun is a stylish house renovated to a high standard in typical Moroccan style with 3 bedrooms (sleeping up to 8 guests). It enjoys a fine location on the west side of the medina close to the fortress walls with superb views of the Atlantic (min 2 night rental).

Standard Double Guide Price:

£770 per week, whole house Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Villa Mogador

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> Destinations > Essaouira

Villa Mogador is a modern villa rented as a whole (sleeping up to 10 guests) or on a room by room basis, set in a peaceful rural setting 6 km from Essaouira. It has a large garden with a swimming pool and is a good place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of town.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, B&B Information

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3*** Boutique Information

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Dar Maya

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Dar Maya in the heart of Essaouira’s historic medina is a chic, tranquil, luxury riad that has successfully blended a mix of understated Moroccan and contemporary European styles into its decor.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£95 per night, B&B Information

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4**** Chic Information

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Madada Mogador

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> Destinations > Essaouira

Madada Mogador is a loft-style guest house, combining traditional Moroccan with contemporary Zen-inspired décor in a convenient location.  From the roof terrace, and 5 of the 7 bedrooms, there is an amazing view of the beach and ocean.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£130 per night, B&B Information

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4**** Chic Information

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Villa de L'O

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Villa de L'O in Essaouira is a stylish and elegant 18th century riad in a superb location with a distinct colonial influence. It offers an excellent level of comfort, good food as well as a large roof terrace with great views of the Atlantic. more..

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Standard Double Guide Price:

£100 per night, B&B Information

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4**** Chic Information

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Villa Maroc

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Villa Maroc is composed of 4 interconnecting riads decorated in the typical Moroccan style set in a convenient location in the medina, close to the main square and port. It has relatively modest yet comfortable rooms, a spa and terrace with fabulous views of the coast.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£95 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

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L'Heure Bleue

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L'Heure Bleue is a colonial style luxury hotel with a choice of room styles and sizes and a range of facilities included a luxury spa and a rooftop swimming pool with views across medina and harbour. Its position on the edge of the medina allows easy access to souks, beach and port.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£135 per night, B&B Information

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Attractions

Things to do or see

In the Medina

  • A fascinating place to wander around and to shop for fabrics, local Moroccan art, thuya marquetry and leather goods.
  • Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah museum of regional art is in a house previously belonging to a Pasha, and is the main museum of interest in the medina covering the traditions of local music.
  • A number of riads offer hammams and massage; thalassotherapy (seawater based therapy) is available

 Outside of the Medina

  • Land based activities such as camel and horse treks (pre-booking advised for both), walking and cycling.
  • Water based activities including fishing and water sports (surfing, wind and kite surfing), for which hire shops and schools teaching these are found on the beach front. Swimming - in the sea, weather permitting; or, for those who prefer a pool, there are 2 hotels whose pools can be used by those staying in the old town, for a small charge, although one is only available to residents in July and August.
  • Observation of wildlife, especially birds.
  • Excursions to a variety of interesting places nearby.

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