You're going to love Essaouira

From the family-friendly beach to the easy-to-navigate medina Essaouira is a slower paced laidback alternative to nearby Marrakesh.
Essaouira is great for culture, shopping & art.

Hacker Tip

If you were a bit overwhelmed by the medina in Marrakesh Essaouira may be the perfect alternative. It’s a bit more relaxed and easier to navigate but still has all the souqs and sites you could want.
Essaouira
77,966
population
French
language
46th
largest city in Morocco
9.47
Moroccan Dirham equals $1 USD

Getting to Essaouira

To get to Essaouira you’ll fly into Marrakesh – so if you’ve never been you may as well spend some time in both. You can travel between the 2 cities by bus. It’s a 3-hour ride and will cost you less than $10 each way.

Median airfare by month

$652 Median airfare from US to Essaouira in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$834 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Essaouira

Spend at least part of your time staying in a traditional riad within the medina. There are also nice hotels outside of the medina that offer swimming pools or onsite hammam (Turkish bathhouse).

Median hotel rate by month

$68 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$89 Median Sunday hotel rate

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When in Essaouira

Weather in Essaouira

Average Temperature (°F)
59° Average temperature in January

Eating in Essaouira

What should you order while you’re in Essaouira?

While couscous is a dish you may be familiar with, trying it in Morocco is a must. However, Moroccans typically save the dish for Fridays. If you’re looking for a truly local dining experience, peeping the dish on a menu other times during the week is a solid way to tell.
Essaouira

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

$3
Cheap meal
$3
A beer
$16
Nice dinner for 2
7-10%
Standard tip for good service
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