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Essaouira is the second most visited city in Morocco. After years of quietness it has recently gained a lot of interest due to some celebrities finding this sleepy Moroccan spot. Many developers have now invested in Essaouira and renovated old buildings in the historical city. It has very old and nice enclosed quarters, built during the Portuguese colonial period, which have gained UNESCO world heritage status.
While staying in an Essaouira hostel, make sure to explore. Strolling the narrow streets of this fortress is like going back in time several centuries even though the Portuguese are long gone. The city is also next to the ocean, but don’t count on sunbathing easily, because strong winds regularly blow for days a time, more often than many would like. Not all visitors are unhappy about the wind though, since it makes Essaouira a fantastic spot for windsurfing and kite surfing.
While it’s a quiet city, the influx of tourists has generated a good selection of places where one can enjoy the night, so ask the staff at your Essaouira hostel for the night spot of the moment. You can sample typical Moroccan food in Essaouira, with a good selection of seafood based dishes, such as grilled sardines and other fishes, and the inevitable tajine, a kind of stew using seasonal veggies.
It is easy to reach Essaouira by bus from any airport or major city in Morocco. The old city streets are very narrow, so choose your Essaouira hostel in the enclosed part of the town if you are in for the atmosphere, and don’t mind a little walk to get to anywhere, but avoid them and opt for a seaside hostel in Essaouira if you are there for the sports and the beach
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"Good - Good service." …"Excellent Staff - Great hostel!!! Especially the staff was extremely hospitable and pleasant. 5 stars." …"A constant party in an easy-going city. Coolest place. - Do you hate boring hostels? If so, then this place is for you. Easygoing by day and a party by night. Don't think about showing up if you need eight hours of sleep or like it quiet at night. People who know how to go with the flow need only apply. Very...
Dar El Pacha Hostel
"…Our hostel is distinct from its outstanding service and beautiful rooms that have a typical Moroccan architecture. And a terrace with sea view Our rooms are combined style of traditional Moroccan
Essaouira Surf Lounge
"… minutes from the beach you will be center of all activities with a staff that is always near to help you, you really feel at home. We have daily surf trips for beginners including transport,wetsuit,boards,2 hours lessons,lunch, and free surfing in the afternoon for a very good price,so you can surf and visit the beautiful beaches aroud the city Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or...
"… of charm, inspiration and good feeling which is beautifully decorated with various art and antiques. Our guests often stay longer than expected and truly feel at home. A roof terrace with a 360 degrees view of the ocean and town Single, double, triple, quadruple and shared rooms Private showers Breakfast on the terrace Rooftop barbeques Home cooked meals A range of beverages A cosy fireplace Guitars Free guitar lessons Book exchange...
"Chill people and nice lounge with a bar! - One of the few hostels in Morocco that sells beer at the hostel 24 hours a day! A big win for travelers wishing to partake of a few drinks before leaving th
Green Milk Hostel
"Loved it! - Awesome Staff, lovely chill-out area, gathers some nice people in kitchen. thanks a lot guys!!!" …"… second chance to be useful. We got for this an old Moroccan house situated in the very heart of the Medina. We think that the important thing in any trip we do is the people we meet. The human contact, exchange of experiences and stories, make our travel special and always unforgettable. For this reason, we will not talk about...
Hostel Cloud Nine
"Fantastic place to stay - Was recommended this hostel by two separate people when I was traveling and after staying there I can definitely see why! Assan and Elene worked so hard to make this place a
"…Check out our website for a link to the Billabong surf film shot in Tafedna. L'Ane Vert also has an artist residence program that brings people from all over the world to work with the community cr
"…Aladin 16 has different accommodations types and the property is well-equipped in order to provide a good stay. You will be able to enjoy the courtyard, perfect during sunny days. Aladin 16 locat
Surf & Chill Hostel
"… contact the property. Surf and Chill Hostel policies & conditions: 24 hours check-in available. Check-out time is 10 am. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the property. Payment types accepted at this property: cash, credit cards and debit cards. This property may pre-authorize your card before arrival. Cancellation policy: 48 hours before arrival. In case of no show or late cancellation, you...
Hostel Riad Beldy
"… body treatments and free WiFi access. It is decorated in a traditional Moroccan style and has a rooftop terrace from where you can enjoy an astonishing panoramic view of the city. Our guests rooms and suites have authentic Moroccan furniture and modern comforts. Hostel Riad Beldy's Policies & Conditions: Check in from 13:00 to 23:00. Check out before 10:00. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards (This property may...
White & Blue
"…No curfew. Child friendly. Non smoking. No animals Reception available 24 hours" …"White & Blue hostel is very near to Bab Marrakech. When you get off the Supratours bus, walk past all the t
The Pirate's Zion
"…Also we offer the opportunity to play so many different instruments and making greats jam session all together. We have two rooms, one dormitory with ten beds, kitchen, bathroom and a room for relax
Riad Surf & Chill
"…No curfew. Child friendly. Non smoking. Reception available 24 hours" …"…(one of three entrances to the Medina) take the second street on your left. We are located at the end! Alternatively, ple
"I want to live there! - Just perfect, couldn't have asked for anything better. Wish we could have spent more time. People were incredibly friendly and was such a relaxed vibe about the place. And obviously Biz biz -- what a dude!" …"If you can find this one its gonna be a memorable trip for you! I was found outside the door (unmarked!) and told it was a 'special place for special people' and that it was! with a steady flow of incredible...
Woodstock Essaouira Hostel
"…We are located in the old medina, just a few minutes' walk from the most important monuments in Essaouira (. We are two minutes away from the Beach, Wodstock Hostel will warmly welcome you into it
"… you to Dar Mellah on arrival, to book taxis from anywhere in Morocco and give advice on restaurants and excursions throughout your stay. The flat consists of one double bedroom with a beautiful hand crafted four poster bed, a large well equipped kitchen, shower room with traditional tadelakt shower, and Moroccan saloon. It is furnished with traditional hand crafted Moroccan furniture, Berber carpets and lamps to make your stay at Dar...
"… is served on the terrace or on the ground floor according to the season. In addition to the continental breakfast, Khadija, our cook, will serve you each day a different traditional dish. Dinner Traditional dinners are served on request for the price of 130 dirham for adults and 90 dirham for kids less than 12 years old. Internet Wifi system is available in the house. You can get connected easily, for free and without a code,...
Dar Al Bahar
"…From there, you can also enjoy a panoramic view over the medina and the ancient Scala. Nine rooms and a suite are waiting for you, all decorated in a typical Moroccan style (tadelakt, terra cotta ti
"…our Moroccan hospitality will enthrall you.....so, Submit yourself to a gentle introduction to true Moroccan hospitality, mixed with a little European comfort, and spiced up with a few Indian acces
Les Matins Bleus
"We enjoyed our stay at this Riad. Very central, exceptionally clean and comfortable. The owners absolutely charming and helpful. Breakfasts on the roof magic. I recommend a stay at this Riad. I plan
La Maison du Vent
"… by columns of stone. Restoration and furniture have been made with attention to detail in the use of traditional craftsmanship.Ceilings made of Thuya wood, the use of Tadelakt, an ancient stone plaster technique from Morocco, ceramic tiles and fossil marble from Erfoud.On the 3 floors, 6 double rooms and 3 suites can host up to 26 persons. All bedrooms are en suite with showers.From the large terrace, where you can relax on comfortable sun...
Riad Jemalhi Mogador
"… as the kitchen from where escape the delicious and exquisite smells of a various flavours cuisine. Set on two floors, each room is equipped with a private bathroom and toilets. From the top floor, you will be able to admire the magnificent sky of Essaouira, listen to the seagulls singing, and discretely observe the surrounding terraces. Being currently built, it will be soon possible to relax in a outside lounge under a pergola, and to...
Dar Skala Guesthouse
"…Although tourism has grown steadily, Essaouira retains its laid back atmosphere and local color. It remains off of most package-tour itineraries, yet it has plenty to offer the independent traveler.
Riad AL Zahia
"… traditional style During your stay in Essaouira Morocco, our team will guide you in the organisation of all kind of activities in the area, kitesurfing, windsurfing, horse riding, camel riding, shopping, etc... All the rooms are big and have high roofs and lots of space.Each room has its own complete private bathroom. There is a roof top area where we have an amazing view over the medina and the ocean where you can have your...
Hôtel Résidence Maison du Sud
"In the heart of the pedestrianised Old City is the 18th century Riad Souiri, now luxuriously renovated in Moorish style. We have 8 rooms on a mezzanine floor with a snug little sitting room, 3 two-
Caverne d'Ali Baba
"The architect and the decorator made a succes of the alliance of modern comfort and the environment of a Moroccan riad of time. As of the reception, in the moroccan living room of the ground floor ha
Riad Etoile de Mogador
"…Each room offers comfort and our staff will do their best to make sure you feel like at home. The Riad also boast a terrace with a solarium offering spectacular views of the ocean and the Bay
Hotel Riad al Madina
"…In a musical atmosphere, you will choose traditional or international food from our carte. All our products are very carefully chosen to satisfy your needs. As well as for beauty care given in our
Riad Jade Mogador
"…Have a relaxing stay in Riad Jade Mogador. The terrace offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. The Riad consists of 3 double rooms, 1 triple and 1 single room. All the rooms have an attached b
"… of them with bathroom and toilets) as well as a quiet sunny roof terrace and a cosy lounge where you can enjoy a glass of mint tea or warm up in front of the fire during the colder season. A tasty breakfast is included in the price, and we can also prepare evening meals (€15 per person). Our cuisine is a mix of typical Moroccan family cooking and classic French recipes which uses delicious combinations of seasonal fruits and vegetables....
Riad Dar Chakir
"This old traditional house in the Medina was completely restored in 2010 to offer its guests a world of comfort, tradition and absolute tranquility. Come in and let your senses guide y
"Modern in style with a mix of Moroccan and contemporary style, this stunning traditional villa boasts clean lines and all the comforts of the modern homes you could require for a memorable stay. The
"… a further double room with on-suite, traditional fire and kitchen, only available when the entire Riad is rented. The second floor can be rented as a flat for a family as it has 1 double room and 1 twin room along with a small kitchen and lounge area. On the top floor we have a large roof terrace with sun loungers/chairs where guests can relax with stunning views across Essaouira. There is a laptop in the riad for internet access....
Riad Orange Cannelle
"… Carole have created which will share their passion of the city with you, guide you in your excursions and make your getaway in Essaouira a memorable stay! In Essaouira, there's something for everyone! Beaches where kite surfing lovers sail, hiking through the argan tree road, or even tasting bio oil, local cheeses or wine of the region 'Val d'Argan Domain'. Taming Essaouira in a few days is not easy! Please note:...
"In the old medina (historic quarter) of Essaouira, Riad Dar Ichraq is within easy reach of the beach, historic monuments and the souks (markets). It offers traditional rooms and a terrace. All the rooms have private bathrooms and are on 2 floors. Decorated in traditional Moroccan style, they open onto the patio. On each floor there is a communal lounge with TV and Wi-Fi access. Riad Dar Ichraq features a terrace, which overlooks the...
Riad l'Ayel d'Essaouira
"… Old City of Essaouira, hidden away in a little street, Riad l’Ayel d’Essaouira invites guests to make the most of the serenity of this ancient dwelling – recently renovated throughout in the purest Moroccan style to European levels of comfort. Centrally located, Riad l’Ayel d’Essaouira is just five minutes from the harbour, the beach, the souks and the hustle and bustle of Old City yet is a haven of peace and tranquillity in its...
Résidence La Galiote
"There are two bedrooms ( one with a double bed and the other with two single beds ) , a kitchen with all you might need to prepare your own cooking,a bathroom ( with a shower ) and a dining corner .
Mogador Location Vacances
"Mogador Location Vacances is available to visitors to the charming city of Morocco Essaouira apartment in the heart of the medina of Essaouira in a quiet area and very quiet, and close to shopping ce
"Dar Assenfou is a beautifully restored property with respect for the typical architecture. The Dar assenfou is located in the heart of the medina of Essaouira in Morocco. It is situated next to the Supratour bus station and 5min from the Bus Station. The beach is 200m far from here. There are three floors with europen toilet and bath on each floor, the living room with TV and Wi-Fi. There are 2 terraces with panoramic views of...
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Essaouira Travel Tips & Suggestions
Essaouira is gorgeous, the beach is huge, and there are plenty of tourists (if you want there to be) to feel safe. It's a really nice break from the hassle of Morocco but there are no fewer shops or market stalls. Restaurants are a little pricey but only because I was on a 10£ a day budget! Haggle for the rooms when you get there because no one ever does and they overprice them a bit!.
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