Local Attractions

One of the great things about Essaouira is there is lots to do.

Essaouira is a beautiful walled medina town, not too big and very easy to walk around without getting lost or pestered! The local guides from the tourist office are excellent and well worth using to learn more about the history, traditions and cultures of the town. The fishing port, located just outside the medina walls, and filled with blue painted fishing boats is a fascinating insight into the local fishing ways and has an authentic charm. Huge sandy beaches complete the picture. 10 minutes by car from Jardin des Douars.

Activities are many and various. Horse riding, camel riding or quad biking along the stunning coastline and into the dunes, give a lovely picture into the surroundings. You could take a day at a cookery school, honing some lovely Moroccan dishes and being shown the spice market by someone really in the know! Kite surfing and windsurfing are both on offer and there are schools to learn or practice with.

There are two 18 hole golf courses designed by Gary Player and with the beauty of some stunning views along the coastline. Just 5 minutes by car from Jardin des Douars.

Or take a sailing boat, with a skipper, and see the beauty of this part of Morocco from the sea. Try your hand at sea fishing or just enjoy the chance to sit back and relax to the sounds of the sea.

In June, the Gnawa Music Festival in town, will rock you into dancing to the drum beat and vocals of this mesmerising music.
The area is famed for argan oil, used both in cosmetic products and for culinary purposes. Take a guided walk through the hinterland around the Jardin des Douars and discover the old traditional way of producing the oil, see and meet some berber families and find hidden Morocco at every turn.

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