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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2016
Rabat-Essaouira  (1 Answer)

What's the best and cheapest way to get to Essaouira from Rabat?
Do you recommend visiting Essaouira in March? We're leaving on Tuesday!! 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2015
El Jadida to Fes  (8 Answers)

Hi there,
We're wanting to travel by bus from El Jadida to Essaouira but it seems a little complicated, so am thinking of a grand taxi. There'll be 5 of us (2 adults and 3 children aged 10 and under) - what sort of price should we expect to pay for a grand taxi?
Thanks, Kate

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2015
Essaouira in Early December  (18 Answers)

is it warm in Essaouira in early December and are there bars to have a beer. is there night life. Also are the flights cheap n direct

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2015
Kids menus  (2 Answers)

Hi - I will be travelling to Essaouira for a week in December, can anyone suggest what might be available on typical kids menus in the local restaurants please.

I am a bit worried about what they'll eat while we're there and looking for reassurance...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 22, 2014
Minibus transfer - Marrakech to Essaouira  (2 Answers)

We are coming to Essaouira in December. There are ten of us and we would like to get a minibus from Marrakech airport rather than grand taxis. Any recommendations for how to book a minibus and how much it might cost? We would like one with seat belts as we have car seats for two toddlers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2014
Best way from Marrakech to Essaouira  (5 Answers)

Seven friends and I are travelling to Morocco this September. I've tried searching around, but most responses are for one or two people. What do you think would be best to travel from the airport to a villa in the Medina, especially as we will be arriving at ~9pm and leaving ~11pm? I've been quoted £100 each way for everyone in a minibus by one company.

Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2014
Trip of 2-3 days  (6 Answers)

Hello! Me again I forgot to ask, is there a specific day(s) during the week I should go to Essaouira?
Meaning that somtimes in some destinaton there is specific days of the week that the Souk are open, or something like that. The reason why I'm saying this is when I wanted to go to Agadir I read that the Souk was on thursday only???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2014
A good stay  (5 Answers)

We are a retired Swedish couple 67 and 70 years old. We have traveled a lot.
Our next journey will go to Essaouira. My husband has limits with walking. We don´t need and pool instead we need culture. We don´t need any four or five star hotels they are often the same all over the world.
Please can you give advices which is a good hotel where my husband can sleep on the ground floor and an interesting area in the neighborhood.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2013
Supermarket  (1 Answer)


We are in the medina and wish to walk to a supermarket for groceries for our self catering riad. If it sold alcohol, that would be great but its obviously not essential.

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2013
studying french/accomodation  (10 Answers)

Hi all!

I'm heading to morocco upcoming november and december, I want to study french, learn more about the arabic culture/moroccan lifestyle and learn how to surf. I have heard so many good things about essaouira that I specially want to go here. Now I've been looking at all kinds of different options for me but seem to struggle a bit to find a good place to study french for about 1,5/2 months. II mainly want to learn to speak the language, writing/grammar is less important for me. I was wondering if anyone has a golden tip or any ideas? :)

Also, a nice place to stay for a 23 year old girl traveling on her own? I would like to meet people that I could spend time with whilst I'm there in stead of the typical backpacker that leaves within one day, ( if you know what I mean) So basically looking for a place with locals but also traveler sort of edge to it? I know its a lot of 'I want' This is just a rough guide line for myself, and I'm open to anything! :) lots of traveling experience so also the less standard options are options!

thank you all :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2013
bus to go to essaouira from oualidia  (10 Answers)

We are looking for a bus to go from oualidia to esaouira, but i find only a ctm bus that arrives in essaouira to late (
Are there other bus that we can get? I was not able to find Supratours Bus in Oualidia, may be they dont go to Oualidia? There is an other solution to do this travel and to arrive in Essaouira before then 12.00 a.m?
Someone knows how much it cost with a grand taxi?
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2013
taxi price  (8 Answers)

Hi, I´d like to know the price by taxi from the airport to the medina of essaouira, thanks, Kati

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2013
Taxi Essaouira - Agadir  (5 Answers)

Hi, my boyfriend and I will be travelling around Morocco in 2 weeks, and we're wondering how much a taxi costs from Essaouira to Agadir. I think it's for the best (or cheapest, haha!) when we take a grand taxi. The tourbus isn't an option, since we'll be arriving too late at our hotel.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2013
Pottery class in Essaouira  (3 Answers)

Do you have any information on taking pottery or ceramics classes in Essaouira?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2013
Marrakesh to Essaouira  (21 Answers)

My flight gets into Marrakesh about 20:00. What are the options for getting to Essaouira that night. We were thinking of taking a taxi.Or are there shared taxis like in Turkey ie Dolmus? Alternatively when do the trains stop?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2013
advice for a single traveller to the Gnawa Festival late june  (5 Answers)

HELLO, I plan to attend this end of June's Gnawa Festival in Essaouira and I have some ardent questions, if anyone could help please.
1. I shall be mostly alone as a woman and planning to stay at Ryad Malaika. How safe is that? Concerts will finish late at night, so how could I come back to my ryad?
2. Any new impressions about Ryad Malaika?
3. How is the weather, generally, during the day and during the evenings, end of JUne?(20th)?
4. Which flight plan would be more convenient: to fly to Marrakesh, or to casablanca?
I would gladly spend a night in Marrakesh too...
5. How is the Festival public? mostly local? baba-cool from all over the planet? late hippies? (too) excited youngsters?
many thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2013
women on holidays  (3 Answers)

Any nice bars to relax over a few drinks after dinner?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2013
Gluten free in Essaouira  (5 Answers)

Guys I know this is crazy, but is there anywhere in or around Essaouira where I might find some gluten free ingredients. I don't expect Planet Organic or Wholefoods Market, but maybe somewhere that sells, you know, that kind of thing. Also somewhere that sells those immersion boilers for perhaps concocting some kind of gruel in our room.

A bakery that produces some non-wheat bread would be cool too!

BecauSe we are staying for so long, The Atlas have given us their biggest room, easily big enough to accommodate a family of six, and that's just in the bed!

Seriously, any assistance with this would be gravely appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2013
Beach Bar  (12 Answers)

Can anyone recommend a a bar overlooking the water? We are 3 female and 1 male in late 20's and early 30's, so we are looking for a place that will be welcoming to and respectful toward women and tourists. We would love to meet and chat with other travelers and locals, however, we absolutely do not want to deal with any propositions for sex or to buy drugs. I hope this isn't asking for too much. Thank you to any replies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2013
Wheelchair access Essaoura  (7 Answers)

I am traveling to Essaoura in a few weeks with my girlfriend who has limited mobility. She can walk up to about 300 metres. We will be taking her wheelchair with us.

I see from google maps that our hotel, The Atlas, is about 400 metres from the old port. My question is this: when we visit the medina, for restaurants and shopping trips, will I be able to navigate the narrow streets with the wheelchair?

Obviouly, I don't expect the medina to be fully wheelchair accessible, I just need some information on local conditions and how much of a challenge they may present.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2012
Buying an apartment in Essaouira or Marrakech?  (11 Answers)


I am considering buying an apartment inshallah in either Essaouira or Marrakech. If both apartments are the same price, which would be the better long term investment and where would you rather live and why?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2012
Gnaoua Festival Pass  (3 Answers)

Hello All,
I'll be going to my first Gnaoua Festival this June. Noticed there is a pass that can be purchased, some free concerts and some entrance fees on the website:

My French is minimal at best. Any idea if I should get the pass or just pay entrance fees as I go? I'm not sure what it covers.
Back to Morocco! :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2012
Visiting in June - To eat out and chill out... advice please  (4 Answers)

Husband and I are travelling from Marrakech for a 5 night stay. We really do just want to chill out and Essaouira seems like the perfect mix of some sightseeing and then watching the sights.

Can anyone give advice of where we could go for some maassages/spa type places (and not necessarily the big hotels) along with prices we'd expect to pay.

As for watching the world go by, are there street/beach cafes/bars where we can sit with a bottle of wine? Again, what sort of prices do you pay for this?

First visit to Morocco so have absolutely no idea what to expect! But really really looking forward to it!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2012
Magic festival tonight/this week?  (1 Answer)

just arrived today and saw a poster for a week-long magic festival in the town. Bit of googling has suggested today there is a close up magic show this afternoon (but also states 'pass only'?) and another event tonight at 8.00pm at 'dar chebab' - does anyone know where/if I can tickets to any of these events (and how much they are? where Dar Chebab is? any other information about this festival in english?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2011
festival des andalousies atlantiques  (3 Answers)

Does anyone have any information about this festival? I can only find last years programme!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2011
food hygiene  (3 Answers)

I am visiting Essaouira next week and would be interested to know if it is generally safe to eat in the restaurants and cafes there. I do know the basic food hygiene rules but on this trip it is particularly important that we don't get ill.

Is there anywhere your would particularly recommend or suggest that we avoid?

Also, is there anywhere there where we can buy good, safe food for a picnic?

Finally, is bottled water readily available?

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2011
Spending christmas in Essaouria, we need a few tips and advices =)  (5 Answers)


We are going to spend dec 17-25 in Marocco and mainly the city Essaouira as we have heard good things about the place, and that it's nice for someone like us who wishes to have a relaxing break from the winter and holidays in Sweden.
We are looking for hostels and places to stay but don't feel like pre-booking the whole week, instead maybe just the first 2-3 days and then hope to meet people and find nice places to visit and stay at.

1. Is this a good idea? Does anyone know if the hostels are crowded in Essaouria over christmas? Any hostel you would like to recommend?

2. We are both musicians and would love to get in contact with and hear some gnawa musicians/music, where should we go look?

3. We are flying to and from Agadir, any tips on where to stay, or what to do in case we choose to stay there 1-2 days?

4. Any other recommendations?

Best wishes to you and thanks for any help =)

/ Martin and Evnita

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2011
House rentals with house keepers and cooks!  (2 Answers)

Hope to rent a place in Essaouria next June, the place we have in mind comes with a house keeper and cook, I would like to know how does the tipping work? or is this help included in the price, do you go and do the grocery shopping etc, any advice would help, merci

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2011
Can you recommend somewhere to swim with children?  (2 Answers)

I have heard that sea can be dangerous to swim in due to the current. Is this true and is there a safe area of the beach? Are there any hotels that you can recommend for swimming? My children are aged 12, 9 and 5. The older two are good swimmers but the younger one is not a strong swimmer.
Any other recommendations for things to do with children? The 9 year old is a competent rider, the rest of us are beginners. Could we ride together and if so what is a good price for 1/2 a day's riding?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2011
Getting to Essaouira  (6 Answers)

I am considering Morocco for a honeymoon stop and Essaouira looks promising. We will be flying into Europe though, and I'm wondering if there are any ferry/boating options from Spain/Portugal to Essaouira.


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