Essaouira won’t leave you indifferent. It’s easy to fall in love with this charming medina, its ramparts beaten by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, its white facades and sculpted doors beckoning at every turn. Surrounding the town are argan-studded hills, dramatic ocean cliffs and rocks, magnificent sand dunes cascading down to the sea, and one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Coast! We can help you enjoy this splendid part of the world and make the most of your visit here.
Watch the waves break on the ramparts of Essaouira... Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira is an Atlantic coastal city with Mediterranean flair. It is made unique by its white facades, blue shutters, animated port and souks, and well-preserved medina. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina is a must-see attraction. Visit it alone or hire a professional guide for a tour.
Known for its big waves, the region’s beaches attract surfers from all over the world. You'll find a number of courses (for all levels) and gear rental spots in places like Moulay Bouzerktoun and Sidi Kaouki, as well as Essaouira. Le Jardin des Douars sends its guests to the Ion Club, the best of the providers who put safety and quality first. Benefit from special rates while staying at the hotel.
Golf lovers can perfect their swing at the Mogador golf club, located just 10 minutes from the hotel. Designed by Gary Player, the club offers two of the most beautiful courses in the kingdom (13 and 18 holes), spread out over a protected site on the Atlantic coast. Suitable for golfers of all levels, the greens offer breathtaking views of the city, Mogador Island, and the famous sand dunes which stretch to infinity. What’s more, with a climate all of its own, Essaouira is the ideal spot for golfing all season long and puts avid golfers to the test during its windy season (May to September).
Our Partner "Ecotourisme et Randonnées" on the property provide for a perfect mix of ecotourism and hiking. Choose from half-day or full-day hikes with a stop for tea or lunch at a local residence when possible. Edouard and his enthusiastic team will be happy to help you discover the gentle and charming natural surroundings of Essaouira.
Whether it be for a few hours or a full day, our partner Amazing Raid Buggy helps you take full advantage of the Moroccan buggy experience: let your spirit soar while discovering our country and its magnificent landscapes. You’re in for the ride of your life!
Our partner Palma Quad offers 2 or 3-hour excursions to Cap Sim via rocky trails, sand dunes, and the beaches of the Atlantic coast. Four-wheeling is a thrilling way to take in the beautiful landscapes of Morocco, whether you’re riding alone or with a partner.
Horseback riding is another way to discover the beaches and fantastic dunes just south of Essaouira. From the city of Diabat, your trusted guide Jawad and his expert team take you on a 1 to 3-hour ride that is suitable for both experts and beginners. Enjoy the sunset on the beach from atop your horse!
No trip to Essaouira is complete without a camel ride! This activity is a hit amongst little kids and adults alike. Our camel driver Rachid looks forward to introducing you to this intriguing animal which is perfect for roaming the region’s dunes and beaches.
With several trails connecting the villages, one of the best ways to discover the back country is on a mountain bike. Our partner Ion Club will guide you along these winding trails and help you discover the most picturesque spots in the region. You can also choose to tackle them on your own. Mountain bikes and electric bikes are available for rent.
Our cooking workshop is held in a former almond warehouse called "L'Atelier", under the stone arches at the entrance to the Essaouira medina. During the class, you’ll discover the secrets of Moroccan cuisine in a small group (maximum 8 people) under the supervision of a top chef. Laid-back and welcoming, these half-day workshops will teach you how to make a full traditional meal which you can then prepare for your friends when you get back home. Become an expert in tajines, couscous, pastillas, and gazelle ankles. After the class, you’ll unwind in the Middle Eastern style lounge area while tasting your creations with your classmates.