5 days in Essaouira & Marrakech Itinerary

5 days in Essaouira & Marrakech Itinerary

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5 days in Essaouira & Marrakech Itinerary

Start: Marrakech
1
Essaouira
— 2 nights
2
Marrakech
— 2 nights
End: Marrakech

2
nights
Essaouira

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for gifts at Cooperative Tamounte, then don't miss a visit to Galerie d'Art Damgaard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Essaouira Beach. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Essaouira Fishing Port, make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, then wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira, and finally browse for treasures at Le Souk.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Essaouira itinerary planner .

Marrakech to Essaouira is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Marrakech in July: highs in Essaouira hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

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Horseback Riding Tours
Essaouira Beach ©
Essaouira Beach
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

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nights
Marrakech

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Change things up with a short trip to Oukaimeden in Oukaimeden (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, and contemplate the long history of Ben Youssef Madrasa.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech travel planner .

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Essaouira in July; daily highs in Marrakech reach 45°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Menara Gardens and Pavilion ©
Menara Gardens and Pavilion
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

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