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

Duration: 2h
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 :) WhatsApp +212701818941

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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).

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Kevin 20 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
The tour lasted 2,5 hours. We started around the beach area and ended up in the square at the end. During the tour I was shown beautiful sites to go back to on my own that I only was looking forward to. Highly recommend everyone to take a tour with Ilya🤗
Veronica 17 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Ilya is a really sweet person , he showed us beautiful places in essouira and we had a lots of fun while walking in old medina , and he give us a good recommendations for food and music …. and we get lucky and we had a beautiful pictures , I enjoyed a lots thank you again !
Dominac 17 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
amazing tour i discovered a lots of hidden spots in essouira , and Ilya was so kind with us , I definitely recommend him to youu !!!
Sol 15 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
the tour was amazing , he took his time time to show us all the hidden beautiful places in this lovely town , Ilya is Russian but very much entrenched in Moroccan culture , However Ilya is very much one of the locals! he knows everyone and everyone knows him , it was a really beautiful , funny , safe walking tour with quality info , he also give us a lots of a great recommendations for restaurants, hotels …. , will definitely recommending him to others !
sofia 14 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
he was so kind with us , and we had a really good time with Ilya walking and discovering the hidden spots and places of Essaouira, and we were lucky to have his girlfriend around and she made good pictures for us with her camera , I highly recommend this tour!!!!
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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.
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