Atlantic Coast – Essaouira

Roam along the Moroccan coast with us, accompanied by camels. Discover the unrivaled shore of the Atlantic ocean to end this beautiful hike in laid-back Essaouira, a beautiful town, known for its fortified walls (scenes of Games of Thrones were shot here), fishing boats and a relaxed atmosphere.

Highlights:

  • 4.5 days walking (easy level)
  • Relaxing at the beach
  • Visiting picturesque and laid-back Essaouira
  • Hiking and camping in the dunes and the woods
  • Camels will accompagnie us to carry the luggage
  • Moroccan picnic lunches, prepared by out own cook

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss you wishes and preferred departure dates

    Details

    • 8 days
    • Group will be accompanied by Hassan Hisse
    • Luggage will be carried by mules
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included (except in Marrakech)
    • Stays in a hotel in Marrakech, a gite (rural Moroccan home) and 1 night of camping

    Marrakech

    Start and end point of the trip

    Atlantic Coast

    Area in which we hike

    Essaouira

    The famous laid-back city

    Day 1 – Marrakech

    Arrive at Marrakech, transfer from the airport and stay at a comfortable hotel. Free-time to discover discover the impressive ‘red city’ Marrakech.

    Day 2 – Timzgida Oftas

    We will drive to Timzgida Oftas (by minibus) and collect the camels that will carry our luggage during the trip. It will be an hour walk to our camping location with a very nice beach. Over there we will have dinner and pass the night

    Day 3 – Tafdna

    In the morning we will walk with some elevation to different plateaus to descent to the beach for a picnic-lunch. In the afternoon we will elevate for 1,5 hour untill we reach a gite. The gite lies in the quiet woods. We have home-made dinner at the gite and spend the night there.

    Day 4 – Sidi Ahmed Sayhe

    Today we will walk along the beach through the dunes. We will have picnic-lunch and walk during the afternoon to camp in the dunes. There we will enjoy our dinner.

    Day 5 – Sidi Mbark

    After camping in the dunes we will walk in the morning through the hills and decent to the dunes. Where we will enjoy our picnic-lunch. We will spend the afternoon on the beach (free-time) and dine and camp there.

    Day 6 – Sidi Kaouki / Essaouira

    During the morning we will walk to Sidi Kaouki, after lunch we will drive (1 hour) to Essaouira. In Essaouira you will have free-time to visit this beautiful city. We will have dinner and spend the night in a riad

    Day 7 – Marrakech

    We will return to Marrakech. After arrival you will have free-time to roam around beautiful Marrakech.

    Day 8 – Marrakech

    You will have free-time in Marrakech and we will bring you to the airport

    What’s included:

    • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local guide), cameleers and a cook
    • All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included, except in Marrakech; only breakfast is included in Marrakech
    • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and the coast

    What is not included:

    • Lunch and dinner in Marrakech
    • International flights
    • Sleeping bags
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips
    • Drinks and items of a personal nature
    • Additional hotel nights before or after trek, although these can be purchased

    € 700,- per person (excl. flight)

    Practical information

    How to get there

    Direct flights are available from cities in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. We can arrange the flight for you on request.

    Passports and visas

    Travelers are responsible for their own valid travel documents.

    All people traveling to Morocco need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

    EU and UK citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for a stay of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in their country for current visa information.

    Money

    Morocco’s currency is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks, ATMs and exchange offices in all major cities such as Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech. ATMs and banks are harder to find in rural areas. In Morocco, the most commonly used payment method is cash

    Vaccinations

    Vaccinations are not required by the Moroccan government. Consult your local doctor and take the itinerary with you to see if any vaccinations are required for you.

    Luggage

    Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you are traveling light. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are useful, although we recommend that your bag has carry straps. You also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

    Sleeping bags

    In the winter months (November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes any) or enough blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you are traveling during that time.

    Clothes

    Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during the day, we recommend wearing several layers of clothing. And for the hikes; Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

    Morocco is an Islamic country and while Moroccans can be very liberal in the big cities, it is highly appreciated – especially in the countryside – if you cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women.

    Summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something similar to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

    Tips

    Normal tips are approximately 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Keep in mind that tips are NOT mandatory, but are only given when you are satisfied.

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are insured at least for medical costs, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of baggage and personal belongings.