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Camping in Essaouira: wild camping and official campsites

Camping in Essaouira: wild camping and official campsites

Read on for details of wild camping in Essaouira and Essaouira campsites.

The ferry between Spain and Morocco reopened in April 2020. This means that campervans and motorhomes are able to cross into Morocco. The breezy, chilled-out town Essaouira, perched on the Atlantic coast is a lovely place to pitch up for a week or more and there are so many things to do in Essaouira, that many travellers end up staying longer than a few days.

But if you a visiting Essaouira in your camper or motorhome, you are probably wondering where the best place is to pitch for the night. Read on for details for wild camping in Essaouira and the Essaouira campsites.

Wild camping in Essaouira

Is wild camping allowed in Essaouira?

In short. Not really.

Wild camping is permitted in Morocco, but only if you are well away from towns and tourist hotspots. If you do wild camp, please leave no trace, avoid making fires (and if you do light a fire, please do not leave any embers) and keep noise to a minimum.

Many van owners have reported that they’ve been moved on by the police when pitching up around the town of Essaouira. You may get away with it for the odd night in the low season, but don’t expect to get away with it for any longer.

Just a four kilometres further south is the small village of Diabat. You may have more luck wild camping outside of this village. Follow the dirt track that leads down from Diabat village to Diabat beach (it’s opposite the mosque at the roundabout as you enter Diabat).

Official campsites in Essaouira

There aren’t any campsites right outside Essaouira. However, there are the following campsites all within 20km from Essaouira.

Please do contact the campsite before arriving to check that they are open.

Dar El Bernicha

10km (9mins drive) from Essaouira
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Listed on both the Park4Night and Campercontact apps, there is a small parking areas for campers and motorhomes at Dar El Bernicha.

Here there is a small walled courtyard on a flat surface with toilets and waster water discharge. This isn’t much more than a car park with a loo, but it’s the closest spot you can officially pitch up to Essaouira.

The French owner speaks French, German, and English, and can arrange a taxi into the centre of Essaouira for you.

Camping Esprit Nature

18km (20 minute drive) from Essaouira
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A beautiful forest campsite with a swimming pool, sheltered from the Atlantic trade winds. This is a great spot for kids as there are play areas and often sporting or craft activities laid on.

Pitches are all marked out and there are grassy pitches for tent campers. The washblock is clean with hot showers.

Camping & Hôtel Le Calme

17km (18 minute drive) from Essaouira
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Camping & Hôtel Le Calme features both camping and hotel accommodation with a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, garden, BBQ facilities, and a bar.

Les Oliviers

14km (12 minute drive) from Essaouira
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A shady campsite with clean washblock.