Essaouira travel guide

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You're Going to Love Essaouira

With a population of 70,634, Essaouira is a must-see destination in Marrakech-Safi, Morocco. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Essaouira has to offer.

When to visit Essaouira

Essaouira in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Essaouira in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Essaouira in August, when the average temperature is 68 °F, and the highest can go up to 69.8 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 53.6 °F, with an average temperature of 59 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 2″. In contrast, May is usually the driest month of the year in Essaouira, with an average rainfall of 0.4″.

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How to Get to Essaouira


When flying to Essaouira, you’ll arrive at Essaouira (ESU), which is located 9 miles from the city center. The shortest flight to Essaouira from the United States departs from New York and takes around 18h 40m.


Another option to get to Essaouira is to pick up a car rental from Casablanca, which is about 190 miles from Essaouira. You’ll find branches of Sovoy and ADDCAR RENTAL , among others, in Casablanca.

Airports near Essaouira

Airlines serving Essaouira

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American Airlines
Good (4,070 reviews)
Air France
Good (355 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,169 reviews)
British Airways
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Etihad Airways
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ITA Airways
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Royal Air Maroc
Good (105 reviews)
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Transavia France
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Where to stay in Essaouira

From 5-star hotels such as the Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa-MGallery By Sofitel to great affordable options like the Hotel Riad Villa Maroc, Essaouira offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $56 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $80 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Essaouira

Most booked hotels in Essaouira

Ryad Watier
Excellent (9.6, 132 reviews)
Riad Chbanate
Excellent (9.5, 181 reviews)
Heure Bleue Palais
Excellent (9.1, 401 reviews)
Dar Alya Essaouira Maison et table d'hôtes
Excellent (9.5, 38 reviews)
Riad Mimouna
Excellent (8.5, 565 reviews)
Palais Des Remparts
Excellent (8.2, 270 reviews)
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Renting a car in Essaouira

Renting a car in Essaouira costs $43 per day, on average, or $86 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 220% cheaper than airport locations in Essaouira.