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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...
Essaouira Surf Lounge
"Surf Lounge is a beautiful riad in the heart of the medina, a 2 min from the famous Skala (coastal fortification) with its magnificent view of the sea, 5 minutes from Souk (local market) and 7 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. SURF LOUNGE a 2 dortoires : deux chambres aver 5 lits et 3 chambres privée : double les draps sont inclus et des...
"… for meeting people 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...
"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
"… matters is the great feeling of peace. Even if we had all the money in the world, we could never make this dream reality. It was only possible with the help of the interesting, warm people to build this hostel. Since we chose the help-exchange concenpt hostel as a character of the project, we met so many or a lot of different people, and the amazing thing is that we were united in our differences resulting in one repetetive...
Woodstock Essaouira Hostel
"… through the young generations. Along this ideal, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities, from workshops and trips. Through each, you will gain a unique perspective on the city, the 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...
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 as hospitable and fun as possible for their guests and I will definitely be returning to both Essouira and this hostel!" … "Chilled atmosphere - The guys that run the hostel are great guys. It's in a good locations in the middle of the...
"… hire and are happy to provide lessons with a local surf instructor. There are great surf spots along the Tafedna beach including reef and beach breaks suitable for beginners, pros and all those in between. 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 creating art projects. Come 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!" … "Well we were very impressed with this place and the wicked,cool funky people who also were drawn there. The landlady was just as special. It seemed like you were in the heart of Essa while being with like...
Hostel El Pacha
"… 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,...
"… room with traditional tadelakt shower, Moroccan salon and its own private roof terrace with sun loungers, table, chairs and wonderful view of the medina and surrounding mountains. Our house manager, Sandra will meet you on arrival and escort you to the apartment giving you a brief tour of the medina, highlighting restaurants, bars and places of interest. She will also give you a pre-paid moroccan Mobile phone with her number in...
"Dar Nafoura-Mogador is a magic place in Essaouira. Situated in the heart of Essaouira medina, in a calm neighbourhood, within a few steps of the souks and at only a few minutes of the harbor and the beach, Dar Nafoura welcomes you in a guest house organised around a patio with a fontain. The house has 5 bedrooms and 4 suites, lounges and a big terrace offering a view of the full medina and allowing sun bathing without being overlooked....
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." … "… 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 home! Your breakfast you can take...
La Maison du Vent
"… hills and the sea. Breakfast will be served in the dining room or on the terrace. Our services: - Breakfast - Solarium-terrace - Library and books exchange - Internet corner - Wireless Internet connection in the whole house - Day trips in the Essaouira region - Horse riding and camel riding on the beach and in the countryside - Quads and Bicycles for rent Spoken languages: Italian, French, English, Spanish, Arabic. Our Italian...
Riad Jemalhi Mogador
"… from where escape the delicious and exquisite smells of various flavors 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 soon be possible to relax in an outside lounge under a pergola, and to enjoy the hot...
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
"Riad al Zahia is a guest house/riad placed in the heart of la Medina of the beautiful city of Essaouira, there is a patio two salons, one with chimney, 6 double rooms 2 triple rooms beautifully decorated in the marroquien style, it has a terrace with an incredible view over the Medina and the ocean where our delicius breakfast is served. The rooms are confortable and give all to the inside patio. ---PLEASE NOTE--- The room named 'Family Room...
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
"… where you can savour really delicious Moroccan dishes. The hotel offers 10 double and triple bedrooms, we can add additional beds on request. They all have private bathrooms and toilettes, some of them have fireplace The Hotel is located only a few minutes walk from the beautiful beach and from the characteristic port and it is also very closed to the shopping areas and to the local crafts shops There is a warded...
Riad Etoile de Mogador
"The Riad has Double Rooms and Mini-Suite. We have room for 2, 3 and 4 persobs. The rooms have a typically moroccan decoration. There are a big bed, a little living room and a bathroom and toilet. You have a good breakfast with the price of the room. You have at your disposal, a cleaning woman for rooms and breakfast and a very good guardian for any questions and for the night. We propose a laundery service and wake-up service. We have Wifi...
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...
"… with sun beds where you can enjoy sunning and use of the traditional BBQ, and a cozy library where you can escape with a good book. A hearty breakfast is provided for guests and features fresh baked breads, pastries, fruits, juices, and assorted beverages. Relax in the TV lounge for a local program or movie, and enjoy use of the complimentary Internet access. Property Features. The riad offers a restaurant. Complimentary wireless...
"… 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
"Situated in the old Medina a few steps from the harbor and the beach, historic monuments and souks. These six rooms tastefully decorated in Moroccan interior facades with open onto the patio on two floors. Each floor with communal lounge with TV and WiFi. Riad Chakir is a traditional Moroccan house renovated, which offers a warm and friendly, with its terrace overlooking sea ..." … "… old traditional house of the médina was...
"… 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
"Beldi real small traditional riad located in the heart of the medina in a very quiet street, fully renovated B & B, free wifi, heated in winter! Terrace for sunny breakfasts. A side and in the same lane of a typical Moroccan restaurant deemed Ferdaous, hammam spa massage, a bike hire, a cyber cafe, 200 meters from the port, the beach and souks! Riad Orange Cannelle has 8 rooms, all with private bathrooms. Double rooms with a double bed...
"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...
"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...
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 . 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
"… walk from Essaouira Beach, Mogador Location Vacances offers self-catering apartments. Free public parking is available nearby. The air-conditioned apartments are decorated in a Moroccan style and feature a Moroccan salon with a TV. The en suite bathroom has a shower. Guests can prepare homemade meals in the fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy them in the dining area. The Essaouira Mogador Airport is 20 minutes away and the...
"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...
"… 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 exactly what you are looking for right here in...
"… consulate builds in 17th century, the guesthouse Dar Mounia offers all comfort and quietude to you, characteristics of the all Moroccan houses. Dar Mounia is designed to put you in a typically Moroccan medium, family atmosphere and cordial reception. Please note : Cancellation Policy : 3 days. Payment accepted on arrival: cash only! Check-in time : 15:00. Check-out time : 12:00. Breakfast included. Taxes not...
Casa al Vent
"… (natural juice, salad, omelette with vegetables, crepes, coffee....) in 'cafe al vent' in front of the beach with amazing views! 'café Al vent' wants to offer meals nearby the senses, where the ingredients are part of the daily life and landscape of Sidi Kaouki. Fish and seafood come from local fishermen who leave daily to work. Also our meat comes from chicken, goats and cows grazing freely in this lovely area, and vegetables...
"… Moroccan cuisine. The Riad has a terrace, Free Wi-Fi is available in common areas, and it is in a strategic location, being located in the heart of the Medina. Riad saltana is an ideal base for exploring Essaouira The staff of the hotel can, book massages and hammam. The riad offers comfortable rooms with unique decoration and a typical oriental style. After a day of sightseeing in and around the medina, enjoy an afternoon...
Dar Raha Othello
"… year 200 Moroccan riad offers traditional rooms. It has a courtyard with beautiful gardens and a fountain. Dar Rahaothello has rooms decorated in a Moroccan style. They are all equipped with a private bathroom. Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast on the roof terrace with panoramic views of the medina and the Atlantic Ocean. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No...
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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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