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.

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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.
largest city in Morocco
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.

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

Cheap meal
A beer
Nice dinner for 2
Standard tip for good service
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