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Essaouira, Region de Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

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How much money will you need for your trip to Essaouira? You should plan to spend around MAD457 ($45) per day on your vacation in Essaouira, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, MAD136 ($13) on meals for one day and MAD20 ($1.95) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Essaouira for a couple is MAD519 ($51). So, a trip to Essaouira for two people for one week costs on average MAD6,404 ($625). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Essaouira for one week usually costs around MAD3,202 for one person. So, a trip to Essaouira for two people costs around MAD6,404 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs MAD12,807 in Essaouira. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Essaouira can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Essaouira? How much money do I need for Essaouira?

How much does a trip to Essaouira cost? Is Essaouira cheap or expensive? The average Essaouira trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Essaouira prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Essaouira
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Essaouira is MAD259. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Essaouira is MAD519. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Essaouira

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Essaouira based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $53. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Essaouira
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Essaouira is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent MAD20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Essaouira.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Essaouira
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Rental Cars in Essaouira
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Food Budget in Essaouira
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  • While meal prices in Essaouira can vary, the average cost of food in Essaouira is MAD136 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Essaouira should cost around MAD54 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Essaouira is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Essaouira?

Typical prices for Food in Essaouira are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Essaouira, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Baklava
  • Breakfast Crepes
  • Fish for Lunch

Entertainment Budget in Essaouira
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  • Entertainment and activities in Essaouira typically cost an average of MAD121 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Essaouira
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Essaouira is MAD17 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Essaouira is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Essaouira
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  • The average person spends about MAD92 on alcoholic beverages in Essaouira per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Essaouira
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  • On average, people spend MAD17 on bottled water in Essaouira per day. The public water in Essaouira is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Essaouira On a Budget
Essaouira Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

Essaouira's climate is Mediterranean with oceanic influence. The weather is pleasant year around with warm summers and mild winters. The average high temperatures remain in the mid 60s to low 70s Fahrenheit year around. Average lows rarely drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even in the winter months. Rain is much more common during the winter months.
Much of the appeal of Essaouira is the beach and the walled medina. The medina is a beautiful example of an 18th century fortified town and the original canons are still in place. The town has even been featured in several movies and television shows including the HBO show "Game of Thrones".
At the heart of Essaouira is the city's medina. It is a quaint area with many shops and restaurants and is where you'll likely spend most of your time. For the most part, the medina caters specifically to tourists and visitors.

The city has a fishing harbour that is smaller than the harbours of Agadir and Safi, but still remains a major fishing harbour for Morocco. The bright boats and interesting atmosphere make it a must see for any visitor.

Many of the city's modern hotels are built along the ocean front, but city codes limit their height to four stories, so they are not too intrusive. If you want to stay in the medina or close to it, there are a decent number of privately owned riads that you can rent on either a daily or weekly basis.

Many people travel to Essaouira for its nice sand beaches. There are plenty of water sports and outdoor activities available. If you're adventurous, you can try your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing, or you can simply enjoy long leisurely walks on the beach. Windsurfing is particularly popular because the trade winds blow almost constantly but the protected bay remains waveless.

The town also plays host to the World Music Festival in June which is a fun, although crowded, time to visit.

If you're in the market for a souvenir you can easily find some great local handicrafts at the many shops that line the streets of the medina. Shop around and ask for prices so you know exactly what you should be paying. It's also fun to try your hand at bartering, which can be either fun or annoying, depending on how you approach it.

Many people choose to take a class while they're in Essaouira. In particular, cooking courses and popular. There are also bike excursions and photography excursions that you can arrange within the town. For the weary traveler, there are also Berber massages that you can enjoy.
Food and Dining
Food in Essaouira is quite good, but can be surprisingly expensive when compared to elsewhere in Morocco. This is particularly true of the seafood. Your cheapest option is to purchase a fresh catch from a local fisherman, but if you order seafood in a restaurant you will find the price to be dramatically higher.

There is a fresh seafood market in the middle of town that is worth visiting. You can select your catch, and they will cook it up for you on the spot or, if you have access to a kitchen, you can purchase seafood and the necessary spices and sides and prepare your own Moroccan meal.

It's easy to reach Essaouira from Marrakesh. You can hire a grand taxi or shared taxi to make the trip, but there are plenty of buses that are affordable and reliable as well. If the bus doesn't make many stops, the trip takes about 3 hours and there's usually a stop at the halfway point when you can purchase snacks and stretch your legs.

Essaouira's medina is supposedly closed to motorized vehicles, but this restriction is only loosely enforced. Mopeds are quite common in the area and can be a hazard to pedestrians, but in general, walking is easy and the most enjoyable way to explore the town.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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Travel Tips

Home Stays

By backpackguru in Accommodation
There are plenty of cheap accommodation options in Essaouira, but if you're looking for a different experience consider staying with a local. A lot of family's rent out rooms or apartments to travelers to make some extra money. If you're traveling with friends this can be a particularly cheap option as you can all split the costs. Often the apartments come equipped with kitchens so it saves you money of food as well. It's a lot of fun to head out to the market and buy some fresh seafood and spices. Then attempt your own Moroccan homecooked meal. It may not be authentic, but with the fresh ingredients, the meal will still be delicious.

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