Free Tour Essaouira: Small streets and places away from the tourist path.

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Ilya
Registered on August 09, 2022

Hi everyone! I'm Ilya, an artist, musician, and digital nomad from Russia. I have been living in Essaouira for more than a year. Let me show you this amazing city :)

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    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Hello everyone. I am very happy to introduce you to Essaouira. I live here for more than one year.
My tour is an ode to this wonderful town. We will start from the square and go through hidden small streets of the Medina. On our way we will see my favorite workshops and small hidden cafes of the tourist path.
You don’t need to buy anything from workshop or cafe. I just want to share this places with you so you can enjoy them later on your own.

First of all we will go and see the best ocean view from a small terrace which is very hard to find. It is an old hotel, where nobody lives. It only works as a terrace for coffee and tea. Not many people know about it and sometimes you can find yourself all alone in this calm and peaceful spot.
Then we will go through a dark tunnel which will lead us to one of the most talented Guembri makers in Essaouira - Said. He makes many different  instruments out of camel skin. And he is a good friend of mine.
Afterward we will head to another small street where I will show you a Berber antique gallery. There we will see many decorative and everyday use objects from the past.
Our journey will continue further towards the Scala - one of the main tourist spots in Essaouira, but we will escape the main flow and go under it to see a workshop of another friend - talented Didou, son of famous Essaouiran artist Ben Ali.
After seeing his amazing workshop I will show you the smallest and the only Ramen restaurant in  the Medina which is run by a Japanese couple and has a fantastic ocean view.
Later we will  go through a busy street to find ourselves in front of my favorite street food spot with fried fish and some authentic restaurant not far from it.
Our final stop will be the huge sacred tree which is still used for Berber rituals. It is also hidden from main path and you need to pass through some shops to see it.  

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  • Meeting point:
    Avenue Oqba Ibn Nafia, G66H+C7P, Essa...
    Avenue Oqba Ibn Nafia, G66H+C7P, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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    I will be near the taxi parking at Bab El Mechouar or it is also called Bab el Menzeh. The gates that are facing fish port, near place Moulay Hassan. I am a tall guy with long blond hair. Look like surfer a little bit :)

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Loraine 06 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
A really nice tour of the city and stops in different shops for more information!
Heidi 30 Oct 2022
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
We had a nice 1,5h walk through Essaouira and Ilya shared some really nice and interesting places with us. Thank you (:
Michael 17 Oct 2022
great host who is well informed and respectful towards the locals and the culture
Inbal 15 Oct 2022
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
Enjoyed his tour very much. The city of essioura is not the same after the tour.
Cath... 09 Oct 2022
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
It was so helpful to have this tour at the beginning of several more days here. It provided an understanding of the physical layout of the Medina. Ilya’s recommendations of small restaurants, galleries, rooftop terraces, and a women’s cooperative were all appreciated. A relaxed, respectful and warm connection with the merchants of the Medina and his guests.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.