Essaouira offers you a multitude of cultural or sports activities.
Facing the Atlantic Ocean and enjoying a microclimate, the medina of Essaouira is an exceptional example of a fortified city. Formerly known as Mogador, the medina of Essaouira was from its origin a high place of reception of all cultures and religions.
Built to promote international trade with its port, the medina of Essaouira is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Take the time to wander the streets lined with white facades with blue shutters and in its lively souks. The Souiris, renowned for their hospitality, will be pleased to make you discover their rich and varied crafts.
Essaouira is reputed to be one of the best spots in the world for windsurf and kitesurf in summer, and surf in winter. On Essaouira beach, schools rent excellent quality equipment and offer the services of friendly and competent instructors, to introduce you to the pleasures of these water sports. Depending on the weather conditions, paddle and canoeing is possible.
The discovery of beaches and dunes can be done by 4 × 4 , by quad , by horse , or by dromedaries. These walks are supervised by professional guides that we will recommend to you.
5 minutes from Dar El Salam, the Mogador golf course, considered one of the most beautiful in Morocco, will delight beginners and experts in the practice of this sport. In an exceptional setting, by the Atlantic, you will discover an 18-hole course (PAR 72), signed by Gary Player.
Cultural and tourist activities
Essaouira’s city organizes a many events like concerts, festivals all year long. Nevertheless there are three inescapable periods :
- In springs, « Alizé's festival » for classic, symphonic music lovers.
- In june, « Gnaoua festival and world music » will make you dance with the drum rhythm and singers and musicians who come from all around the world.
- In the fall, « Andoulasie Atlantic’s festival » Spanish and North African’s music and more explicit, Mediterranean.
- You will also find cooking workshops all year round.
For nature lovers, we can organize discovery hikes to the various surroundings of Essaouira such as the caves of Cap Sim, argan forests, Sidi M'Bareck waterfalls, a visit to the typical Berber market in Ida Ougouerd, beaches and dunes or a visit to an artisanal Argan oil factory.