Hostels in Essaouira, Morocco

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Get to know Essaouira (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Essaouira. To help you make friends with Essaouira before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

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

FAQ about Essaouira Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Essaouira. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Essaouira. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Essaouira costs on average $11 for a dorm. A hostel in Essaouira with private rooms costs on average $29. shows all 12 Hostels in Essaouira. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Seagulls Hostel is the best hostel in Essaouira for families. compares prices for 12 hostels in Essaouira, Morocco. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Essaouira such as
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Essaouira Beach Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Essaouira.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Essaouira

Your Packing List for Essaouira

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Essaouira and Morocco.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Essaouira Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Essaouira, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$11 Average dorm price
$29 Average private room price
$7 Cheapest hostel in Essaouira
White & Blue is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Essaouira
Essaouira Beach Hostel is the best rated
Most Essaouira hostels are located in
Ancienne medina
7.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Essaouira - from the Community

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