The best free walking tour of Essaouira Medina

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, French
Guru: Karim
Registered on March 02, 2023

Hi everyone I'm Karim an artist musician and dancer I'm living in essaouira more than twenty years . Let me show you this lovely place.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

First, we'll start by visiting the Jewish quarter, it's one of the most historical sites in Essaouira and you will see how it has endured so many changes throughout the times. We may visit the synagogue and wander around in the streets.

Afterward, we'll eventually visit one of the most authentic Gnaoua musicians in his workshop, 'Maalem' Najib's Workshop: (Maalem: some sort of a master of Gnaoua music) a wonderful person and beautiful soul who enjoys sharing stories and playing music for his guests.

You will see the process of creating traditional Gnaoua music instruments, made by the hands of the greatest master.

I will show you then one of my favorite hidden gems here in Essaouira, it is a very small Japanese restaurant run by a lovely Japanese couple, it is not a fancy type of restaurant but a tiny cozy room with a wonderful view of the ocean.

In our next stop, we will be discovering a gallery of Amazigh vintage - jewelry, plates, carpets, traditional clothes, and interior objects - stored, and hidden in the streets of Essaouira.
The shop owner is originally an Amazigh local who's very passionate about handicrafts.
Everything single product in his shop is handmade and made with passion.
You will have the chance to see some wonderful historical items that you won't find elsewhere.

Then we'll pass by Al-Khayma Square, in this little square of the old medina, we'll  find many small cozy restaurants of all tastes, and especially, some amazing music cafés where local bands play almost everyday various musical types. 🎶

We will go then to a place where you can enjoy one of the best sunset views in Essaouira. It is originally a Terrace of a very old hotel that have been here for ages: very simplistic but has a magnificent terrace from where you can see the fish port and enjoy the view while having a drink.

And If you want to grab a beer I will show you this place we call the Hole, sounds creepy, but don't worry, all there is, a Moroccan themed bar, with locals grabbing drinks, listening to old Arabic music,

To end the tour, we will go through the market and I will show you my favorite shops and the Argan cooperatives runned by Berber women where they make argan oil, Amlou and spices.

Meeting point: We will meet at Bab Doukala. It is one of the gates to Medina, facing North-East. I Will be standing outside the walls near the entrance waiting for you. 

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  • Meeting point:
    2 Rue Oued El Makhazine, Essaouira 44...
    2 Rue Oued El Makhazine, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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    We will be meeting in Bab Doukala, it is very known and available on Maps. I am a tall local guy, and I will be wearing a multicolor jacket (red, green, navy blue) as the one appearing on the profile picture.

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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Karolin 07 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
The guide never showed up and didn't reply to any messages.
Vivian 05 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
The guide didn't respond to messages after confirming weeks ago that the tour would go ahead. After checking in again on the day, we received no response. Arrived at the agreed meeting point and he didn't show up. Also didn't provide any explanations or any response to my messages. Very poor and disappointing
Noémie 21 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
It was more of a stroll than a tour. There was no cultural information shared; it was simply a walkthrough of the shop.
Cyril 05 May 2023

Tour completamente nulo a nivel cultural. El guia lleva una semana, no tiene licencia, ni idea sobre la historia de la ciudad. Si que puede pasearte por la medina, indicar algun restaurante, cosas asi..pero estoy acostumbrado a city tours con contenido cultural. Aqui no tiene ni idea.
Khalid 21 Apr 2023

It was good time he show us all the secret places we really enjoyed it
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Who is this tour for?

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

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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