Holidays to Essaouira and the Coast: an Overview

Just 60 miles to the west of Marrakech is the charismatic coastal town of Essaouira, where a working harbour sits alongside the golden beach.

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  • The near-permanent wind means this is not somewhere to sunbathe, but it's ideal for long (five miles, anyone?) blustery beach walks and kite-surfing.

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Meander along narrow alleyways past busy stalls and donkey carts loaded with oranges, chocolate or the day's catch of fish. Original Travel consultants visit the town on a regular basis to keep tabs on new riad and restaurant openings, so we can suggest the best.

The coast here is also blessed with some of the finest kite-surfing conditions in the world and this hugely popular new watersport is surprisingly easy to pick up. With an enormous beach and a consistently powerful wind, Essaouira offers the perfect environment to learn, and Original Travel has sourced the finest English-speaking instructors, and the latest equipment.

For surfers of a non-kiting persuasion, the break at Sidi Kaouki - just half an hour away - is one of the best on Africa's Atlantic Coast. We can arrange board hire, lessons and transfers.


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  • Average Temp. — 13°C / 55°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 1.1 inches
Flight from London

3:30 hrs

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Top picks for Essaouira & The Coast

Rebali Riads

Rebali Riads

Essaouira & The Coast

A boutique hotel that comprises of just six riad style villas, Rebali Riads has the best of both worlds, and its location in Sidi Kaouk to the south of Essaouira is fantastic.

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La Sultana Oualidia

La Sultana Oualidia

Essaouira & The Coast

La Sultana lies just 112 miles from Marrakech and Casablanca, sitting on the banks of the Oualidia lagoon, famous for its oyster beds and flamingos, and with views of the Atlantic Ocean lapping on the sandbanks, its setting is quite simply spectacular.

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Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay

Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay

Essaouira & The Coast

Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay is a sparkly new property located on the northern coast of Morocco between the rugged Rif Mountains and the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

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The Palais Heure Bleue

The Palais Heure Bleue

Essaouira & The Coast

The Palais Heure Bleue is a riad hotel in the coastal town of Essaouira.

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Kite Surfing & Surfing

Kite Surfing & Surfing

Essaouira & The Coast

Kite-surfing is surprisingly easy to pick up, and with an enormous beach and consistently powerful wind, Essaouira offers the perfect environment to learn this adventurous new sport.

What to do

Villa de L'Ô

Villa de L'Ô

Essaouira & The Coast

As with any self-respecting riad, however central or busy the location, once you are through the enormous and ornate doors, Villa de L'Ô is a haven in the heart of Essaouira.

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