Essaouira Morocco



The small city of Essaouira is on the western Atlantic coast of Morocco and has been inhabited since the 5th century BC, although the city as it is today originated in the 18th century.
It was the first Moroccan seaport and revolutionised trading with Europe. Today, it’s primarily a fishing village with a bustling medina and a veritable mecca for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers (see watersports).

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 3 hours



time difference

GMT +1

Visa Requirements

No requirement if your stay is less than 3 months as a British citizen


Spring (March to May) is arguably the best time to visit as these months are pleasantly warm and sunny, and the landscape is lush and green. Avoid August when Essaouira gets invaded by large numbers of visitors from home and abroad. Autumn (mid Sep-mid Nov) is also lovely, but the countryside tends to look a bit parched. Summer is pretty hot (approx 35°C) but tempered by sea breezes, and winter can be chilly at night.

When to travel


Essaouira Morocco
Discover three very different parts of Morocco on our 9 night Morocco itinerary.
dinner by the pool at kasbah tamadot hotel morocco
Enjoy the ocean in Essaouira, the ancient city of Marrakech and the majestic Atlas Mountains - in style!


Essaouira Morocco
Surfing Weekend
3-7 nights nights

Where to stay

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Morocco

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador is a haven of tranquility hidden in a lush natural landscape, with views of the Atlantic, and moments away from the beach...

Sharing from: £350
Essaouira Morocco

Madada Mogador is a beautifully restored chic and luxurious 7 bedroom guesthouse, ideally located on the edge of Essaouira's Medina overlooking the beach and the...

Sharing from: £446
Skyline and pool at Heure Bleue Palais Morocco

Heure Bleue Palais is a charming Relais et Chateaux hotel with rooms set around a classic Moroccan courtyard. Uniquely in the Essaouira medina, there's a...

Sharing from: £495

Experiences in essaouira

surfing at paradis plage morocco

With reliable winds blowing in across the Atlantic, Essaouira has become a popular destination for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. If you would like to learn to...

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