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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...
Dar El Pacha Hostel
"… in the middle of the medina, you will experience our hotel as a quiet place of recreation 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 and modern European, we offer a wide range of room type: private rooms for dormitories. Ideally located in the heart of the medina of Essaouira,...
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...
"… and making new friends. A house 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...
"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 the hostel or after coming back. The rooftop was nice and generally full of sunbathers. 2 bathrooms per floor, so getting a shower in the mornings can be tough. Good pillows and reasonably comfortable beds. Poor kitchen facilities. Ill-equipped with...
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...
Hostel Cloud Nine
"Good place to stay, friendly people - Cloud nine is a comfortable place to stay, Assan and Jaouad are incredibly accommodating and very helpful. The hostel attracts a great crowd too, a really nice place to meet people. I would definitely recommend it to others!" … "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...
"… Berber Tent with private bathroom (great for groups on a budget!) or a bed in one of our 8 bed Backpacker Tents. We are still under construction in the main building and you can witness our team at work, a mix a volunteers and local builders, finishing to create this wonderful project. Our Moroccan fusion tapas bar features a menu updated daily, consistently offering the freshest seasonal produce. Let us indulge you in the...
"… is an hostel decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. 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 located within the Sidi Abd Smih at the center of the Medina. Nearby on the main street called Rue listiqlal. Aladin 16 Policies and Conditions: Cancellation policy: 72 hours before...
Surf & Chill Hostel
"… 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 will be charged the...
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
"… Mogador Airport is 14 km away. You can easy visit the main Essaouira's attractions, as the souk, the historic city center, the Sidi Muhammad ben Abd Allah Museum. Each room here will provide you with a patio, a terrace and a seating area. There is a full kitchen with a coffee machine and a dining table. White and Blue's Policies & Conditions: Check in from 12:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon...
The Pirate's Zion
"… came from there, it's just 10 minutes by taxi, or 40 minutes walking. We are 5 minutes from the beach, 7 minutes from the Surf beach, and 3 minutes from 'The castle of sand'. We have Mixed Dorm: We have 10 artistic handmade bunkers beds in a quiet and well temperature room of 30 square meters with a big window looking at the garden-hall. Also we have a desk with a computer and printer, lockers for personal objects, ventilator and...
"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...
Woodstock Essaouira Hostel
"… medina of Essaouira is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the local craftsmen and way of life in Essaouira. If you are on the run from stress, Woodstock is the right place for you. We have a big patio, three terraces and ensuite spacious rooms. The food we share here is as warm and inviting as the people. Lose the fear of differences and discover common roots and traditions. In our patio you can relate and relax with people...
"… 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...
"… the house (2 towels per person a day) The weather in Essaouira is never too hot nor too cold but winters can be humid. The chimney on the ground floor keeps the house warm and we keep electric heaters at your disposal. Valuable Objects Valuable things can be kept in the safe at the reception. Cooking lessons On reservation, a "cuisine" workshop is open from 14h to 16h. Entertainment The city of Essaouira and its suburbs...
Dar Al Bahar
"… she faces the ocean and its trade winds. From the terrace, the view is one of constant movement, waves breaking against the rocks, offering an amazing spectacle. 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 tiles on the floor). A few minutes from the more animated streets of the...
"… a few Indian accessories. Enjoy all, that the Orient, has to offer, whilst still being in Africa! Savour our home-made BISUITS and sip mint tea from our sea-facing, rooftop terrace and listen to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, crashing onto the rocks, whilst you let yourself drift into the mysteries of this far-away, Arabic, land. We are Fully Serviced, and comprise 4 mini-suites (all with exterior windows) and 2 kitchens, plus,...
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 to return." … "… and Youssef will help you with everything you need to make your holiday perfect. Meryem, our cook, can make delicious traditional moroccain dishes for you in our kitchen and you can even learn how to make it at...
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...
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...
Dar Skala Guesthouse
"… a fully equipped kitchen and a terrace with an amazing view.The house is ideal also to be rented by three couples or a big family.Essaouira is a healthy fishing harbor and beach resort. 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.Explore the cobbled streets and winding alleyways of...
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...
Hôtel Résidence Maison du Sud
"… interior patio with pretty tiles. All have scrupulously clean bathrooms. Comfortable sitting rooms, courteous service, sunny roof terrace with views of the sea and the roof of the Mellah. Moroccan meals served on request. Everything a guest could need for a lovely holiday in a pretty house. If you would like to have your meals with us – a chance to discover Moroccan gastronomy and enjoy traditional dishes served in our cozy...
Caverne d'Ali Baba
"… in the office of the ground floor and Wifi network in all the rooms. Anafi as all the personnel are at your diposal to make your stay pleaThe hotel has 10 double rooms and triple, we can install additional beds there. They are equipped with WC and privative bathrooms, some of chimneys. Our 10 double rooms and triple are harmoniously ditributed around the patio on the two stages; they all are equipped with WC and privative...
Riad Etoile de Mogador
"Riad Etoile de Mogador is a old typically Moroccan residence, located in the fabulous Medina of Essaouira, only 200 m from the beach. Our Riad was entirely restored in the respect of the traditions and local architecture. 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 of Essaouira as well...
Hotel Riad al Madina
"… the tiniest thing is worth being noticed. 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 hammam, our staff will give you all the necessary information for your leisure: renting cars, bicycles, quad, buggy, camels and horses rides. All these activities are organized by operators...
Riad Jade Mogador
"Riad Jade Mogador welcomes you in a unique setting. It offers a cozy atmosphere making it the perfect choice for a relaxing stay close to the beach. This family Riad features 5 rooms with unique and traditional decorations. You will be able to enjoy good nights of sleep in the soothing atmosphere of your room. Have a relaxing stay in Riad Jade Mogador. The terrace offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. The Riad consists of 3 double...
"… 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...
Riad Dar Chakir
"… offer its guests a world of comfort, tradition and absolute tranquility. Come in and let your senses guide you: Breathe the scent of mint tea and you ennivrez scents of amber, incense, essential oils or natural relaxing in the privacy of rooms. Discover the spicy flavors of our traditional cuisine ... Open yourself to new sensations by the softness of the fabrics and fine tadelakt. Marvel at a set of...
"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 property has been recently completely restored and offers an elegant and comfortable environment. Located on a lively and colorful street off the main souk area, within 5 minutes walk from the splendid white beaches and Moulay Hassan square and a...
"… 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...
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
"… s" … "From Place Bab Marrakech : Head northwest on Rue Mohamed El Qorry toward Rue In Battouta Turn left onto Rue d'Agadir Turn right onto Rue Malek Ben Morahhal Turn left onto Avenue de l'Istiqlal Turn right onto Rue Abdesmih Slight right to stay on Rue Abdesmih Turn right onto Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Turn left onto Rue Abderrahman Eddakhil Turn right to stay on Rue Abderrahman Eddakhil" …...
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 . There is also a terrace which has a view over the whole bay and is sunny throughout the day.you can prepare a barbecue while enjoying the view over the beach.Internet connection is available(wifi). You can park your car either in front of the...
Mogador Location Vacances
"… life. 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 centers and major historical intrs for many otherwise enjoy their stay at home or at the origin of the Moroccan daily life. Mogador Location Vacances is available to visitors to the charming city of Morocco Essaouira apartment in...
"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...
"… to experience home style Moroccan cuisine? We can offer you a traditional tagine with fresh ingredients of your choice prepared together or ready for you when you return home. Like music? My husband is a professional Gnaoua musician and he can organize a private show at the house or we can take you out to hear local music in town. Fancy shopping? We can travel together to some of the best souks in the area or help you find...
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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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