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Gnaoua Music Festival

Gnaoua Music Festival, Essaouira 14-17 May 2015

Naturally Morocco creates excellent holidays - phone our team to make the most of your holiday.

Book early As Accommodation Gets Booked Up early

The Gnaoua is a very popular festival - if interested in the fesiival book your trip by early 2015.

The dates are confirmed relatively close to the event but the dates above appear to now be set.

The Festival

The annual music festival in Essaouira, 2015 is its 18th year, has become a fixture on the world music festival calendar. Focusing on the traditional Gnaoua (Gnawa) music, it also includes jazz, pop, rock, and contemporary world music by musicians from all over the world.

The origins of Gnaoua music lie in sub-Saharan Africa but it has evolved to include a mix of Berber, African and African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms, and combines ritual poetry with traditional music and acrobatic dancing. 

The festival is based around Essaouira, the picturesque Atlantic coastal town, with 2 main stages hosting free access concerts and a few “intimate” venues hosting artists for which tickets must be purchased (up to around £15 per ticket).  Over the 4 days of the long weekend, there are more than a dozen free concerts in Place Moulay Hassan, another half dozen in the second free concert venue and many more in the intimate venues. 

Whilst the running order for 2015 has yet to be announced, that from last year gives a great indication of the scale of the festival:

Time to Book your Trip Now

The festival attracts great interest, so good accommodation is at a premium and needs to be booked well in advance.

Essaouira is only 2 ½ hours' drive from Marrakech and its international airport, and about 3 ½ hours from the beautiful High Atlas Mountains, which means your time at the festival can easily be topped or tailed with a stay in either of these excellent locations.

2015 Prices - from £125 pp

(includes 3 nights accommodation & transfers, excl flights*) - call us for a quote.

Immerse yourself in traditional African music for 4 days at the Gnaoua Music festival in the coastal town of Essaouira and, if you want to extend your trip, choose to relax in the High Atlas or explore the vibrant city of Marrakech for a few days. 

Itinerary Summary - Flying to Essaouira*

Friday 14th May Flight to Essaouira (2.5 hrs).
Fri - Monday 18th May Three nights stay at Riad Chakir Mogador in Essaouira including breakfast
Monday 18th May Transfer to Marrakech Airport and return flight

* For those wishing to arrive on the 13th or 14th May flights are available to Marrakech (2.5hrs) transfers can be arranged as part of your package


Pricing: *Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), staying at Riad Chakir, Essaouira (alternative accommodation can be arranged), includes return transfers to Essaouira from Marrakech but excludes flights.

Direct Flights from the UK (Luton) to Essaouira start on 1 May 2015.

Extend Your Stay - Extra nights can be arranged in either Essaouira or Marrakech or other destinations of your choice.