Essaouira

The picturesque fishing port of Essouira is the nearest seaside to Marrakesh and well worth a visit. You can break the journey with stops at argan oil producers and other tourist stops. Once in Essauoira your driver will leave you for around three hours to explore the town and its small medina which it is most fun to do by yourself. There are a wide variety of restaurants- why not try the fresh grilled sardines by on the seafront!

Previously known by its Portugese name Mogador, a fortress still commands the entrance to the harbour and the medina itself has walled ramparts. Essaouira is usually much cooler than Marrakech and can be windy at times, it is no coincidence that the world wind surf championships are held here.

The Orson Welles movie Othello was shot in this location and its bohemian atmosphere has attracted a stream of celebrities notably including Bob Marley.

The normal departure time is 8.00 am and you can expect to be back in Marrakech at 18.00

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Why book ahead?

Why book ahead?

Book Ahead to secure your preferred excursion on your preferred travel date. Where we still have availability you can of course book while you are on holiday. Medina walking tours require at least 48 hours notice Car seats require at least 48 hours notice Spanish, Italian or German speaking drivers require at least 48 hours…

Where will we be collected at the start of our hip excursion?

You will be collected from your Marrakech accommodation or the nearest vehicle access point. It is essential that you include your contact details and information about where you are staying in the booking form. Our excursion partner will make best efforts to contact you or your accommodation in advance to confirm the pick up point….

Departure times from Marrakech

We recommend departure from Marrakech at the following times. Ourika       :09:00 Imlil           :09:00 Essaouira  08:00 Kasbahs  :08:00 Ouzud waterfalls: 08:00 Desert    : 08:00 Grand tour : 08.00 If you wish you can leave a little later, however, you may have less time than planned at your destination…

Return to Marrakech.

Return to Marrakech.

What time should I expect to return to Marrakech? Ourika and Imlil excursions return to Marrakech around 4pm.  Our experience is that it’s best to drive to your destination, enjoy your walk in the late morning away from the heat of the afternoon sun, have a leisurely lunch locally then return to Marrakech. All our…

What footwear would you recommend?

What footwear would you recommend?

Sturdy footwear is required for all hip excursions.  

Are there discounts for multiple bookings?

When booking through hip you are already benefitting from our buying power as well as our expertise. We do not offer discounts for booking two or more excursions.

What currency will I pay in?

What currency will I pay in?

Our excursions are priced in UK pounds and your deposit will be paid online or over the phone in UK pounds. You will pay the balance to your driver in cash either in pounds, or in euros / moroccan dirhams at the exchange rate on the day you travel. There are plenty of ATM’s where…

Is the driver also a guide?

Your driver is not a registered guide. He will be friendly and approachable and will have a good knowledge of the route including viewing points and places of interest to stop and allow you to explore.  If you wish he will be able to suggest restaurants etc.  For the avoidance of doubt your driver will…

Will the driver speak English?

Your driver will have a reasonable level of English to allow you to communicate with him. Alternatively, if you give at least three days notice we can usually provide a driver who speaks French, German, Spanish or Italian. If languages other than English are preferred please ensure you specify at the time of booking your…

What type of vehicle will I have?

You will have a comfortable air conditioned vehicle appropriate to the size of your group.  Normally a car for 3-4 people,  a minivan for 4-7 people, and a minibus for 8-14.

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