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The 8 BEST riads in Essaouira: experience a stay in Moroccan history

Our pick of the best riads in Essaouira for all budgets, from luxury to budget backpacker. There are a plethora of accommodation options in Essaouira, but for those visitors who want to immerse themselves in Moroccan history and culture, a stay in an Essaouira riad hotel is an absolute must. What is a riad? Well, …

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Our pick of the BEST hostels in Essaouira for 2024

With the vast range of accommodation options and the many Essaouira hostels available, it can be overwhelming finding the right one for you. If you’re looking for the best budget accommodation in Essaouira, we’ve done the research for you. Here we have rounded up our pick of the best hostels in Essaouira. Whilst there are …

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Is Essaouira safe? Sharing experiences as both a solo female traveller and a mum

“Is Essaouira safe?” This is one of the most common questions that drops into my inbox weekly, even from people who have followed me for years on social media and seen posts about my family trips, solo female trips, trips with my own retired parents, and the months we lived in Essaouira. Perhaps because Morocco …

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Visiting Essaouira during Ramadan 2025: everything you need to know

The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time of great religious significance for Muslims, and involves fasting from dusk until dawn (this means no food or drink, including water). Many local businesses close during this time, and for non-Muslim visitors to Essaouira, Ramadan perhaps doesn’t seem like an ideal time to visit and enjoy all …

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Getting a SIM card in Essaouira, Morocco

Despite Wi-Fi being available in nearly every Essaouira hotel, riad, café and restaurant, it’s still useful to get a SIM card for your visit to Essaouira. From a connectivity and safety perspective, it makes sense to have internet data when you need it, whether you’re wandering around the medina, exploring the port area, or relaxing …

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Ride vintage electric bikes through the Essaouira countryside with Lou’s Rides

The countryside around Essaouira is tailor made for exploring on two wheels. Rolling hills, sweeping panoramic views, tarmac roads or well-maintained tracks, Berber villages, and mile upon mile of golden coastline. If you have your motorcycle license, a tour is easy to arrange, but what about the rest of us? A pedal powered bicycle will …

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The BEST cafes in Essaouira for a decent coffee and bite to eat (2024)

Coffee-addicts, we’ve got you covered. Here we feature the best cafes in Essaouira to sip a decent coffee and watch the world go by. One of our favourite things to do in Essaouira is to wander the medina, stopping for a drink or bite to eat whenever we fancy, with no timetable or commitments, just …

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Getting from Marrakech to Essaouira (2024 updated), including Marrakech airport

Here we detail and provide prices for the different ways to get from Marrakech to Essaouira, including using the Supratours or CTM bus, Grand Taxi, and private taxi. We also include the best way to get from Marrakech airport to Essaouira. After the bustling chaos of Marrakech, the traffic-free medina and Atlantic breeze sweeping over …

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Riad Dar L’Qdima REVIEW: an Essaouira hotel steeped in Jewish history

Staying in a traditional riad is one of the classic Essaouira experiences, giving you the opportunity to sleep in the heart of the medina. Riad Dar L’Qdima is one of the best examples we’ve personally experienced; its situated close to the action, yet retains a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, plus the room rate is kind …

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