Riad Asmitou

32, rue Bagdad, Essaouira, Morocco
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Reasonable taxi fare?

by maziegurl

Hi
I have been quoted £130 return fare for a taxi from Marrakesh to Essaouira (not sure what this is in local currency).
Is this reasonable? Haven't looked into buses but I'll be traveling with kids so looking for the most convenient way to get there.
Thanks in advance

Re: Reasonable taxi fare?

by austen1973

hi,
that would be around 1,500 dirhams for about 200kms drive so i would say not expensive. yes, bus would be cheaper but not very comfy especially if you have kids.
enjoy !

Re: Reasonable taxi fare?

by earthflyer

You will find a rough guide to prices for CTM buses in Morocco between Marrakech and Essaouira on my pages.

Re: Reasonable taxi fare?

by windcity

The price of a Taxi from Marrakech to Essaouira is 600Dh, If you need a number for an English speaking driver, please contact me again via VT email....
Sue

Re: Reasonable taxi fare?

by windcity

600DH = £48

Re: Reasonable taxi fare?

by angiebabe

yes Sue/Windcitys price info is more what the price should be. and actually thats also around what a whole days grande taxi hire should be - also consider just gettting a rental car and use it to enjoy sights around Essaouira as well. the drive down to Agadir from there is very interesting and so is the road back up from Agadir to Marrakech - a good circuit. If youre worried about driving in Morocco its also been enjoyable for me and with good defensive driving skills about as safe as anywhere.

Re: Reasonable taxi fare?

by angiebabe

yes Sue/Windcitys price info is more what the price should be. and actually thats also around what a whole days grande taxi hire should be - also consider just gettting a rental car and use it to enjoy sights around Essaouira as well. the drive down to Agadir from there is very interesting and so is the road back up from Agadir to Marrakech - a good circuit. If youre worried about driving in Morocco its also been enjoyable for me and with good defensive driving skills about as safe as anywhere.

Travel Tips for Essaouira

In search of babouches

by barryg23

Essaouira had a reputation as an easier place to shop (in terms of hassle) than places such as Marrakech or Fes. With this in mind, we planned to try buying a pair of babouches for Ruth's dad, for somewhere between 40-60 Dh. We started on Rue Laalouj, at a place selling mainly bags & clothes and some random items. They didn't have the exact type of babouches (yellow, pointed) we wanted but instead tried to sell us a shoddy looking white pair for 100Dh.

In the next shop, the shopkeeper came out to speak to us almost as soon as we'd stopped. He didn't have quite what we wanted but still persuaded us to come inside the shop for a look around. These shopkeepers are well used to dealing with tourists and can be very persuasive. He finally found the type and size we wanted, though I think he had to pop out to another shop to get them as he was gone quite a while. Then the haggling began. He wanted 200 Dh, Ruth offered 40. When we claimed to be students he reduced his offer to 180 and we went to 50. His final offer was 150 but we didn't want to go above 60.

In the end we couldn't actually agree a price but all the bargaining was quite fun. And I normally hate shopping... As we were leaving the guy said to us "You want to buy a camel but pay for a donkey".

Gnawa or Gnaoua Music

by suvanki

Gnawa is a mix of Arabic and Berber music, originating in the sub - Saharan, from descendents of slaves who arrived in Morocco in the 1700's from Central and West Africa.

The musicians traditionally performed at public recitals, or in private trance like rituals (to ward off evil spirits)

Common instruments are drums, a reed pipe and metal 'castanets'

Gnawa music can be heard around Essaouira, and in Djemma el Fnaa in Marrakesh.

Essaouira holds an annual 4 day festival, usually mid June, where Gnawa , Jazz , World music etc is played by local and International musicians, day and night. and all for free !!!

I bought a CD of music from the 2004 Essaouira Festival, Which I'm really enjoying! but I would love to attend this festival one day

Delicious frutti di mare

by matcrazy1 about Restaurant Bab Laachour

This two-story white restaurant with sunny terasse and tables with umbrellas put outside on the ground offers delicious local food (fish, chicken and royal coscous) but especially seafood. All at average price, higher than in poor local restaurants but lower than in other, more touristy places. Additionally it's a good place to watch walking locals and visitors. I had a seafood plate (oysters, spider crabs, schrimps, fish) and Moroccan seasonal salad. It was fresh and delicious meal and one portion was enough for two.

Moroccan woman's cooperative, outside Essaouria

by Beefy_SAFC

This cooperative outside Essaouira was set up to ensure incomes for women without male dependants (i.e. widows, etc.). Morocco has no social security safety net and thus other means must be found to provide for those unable to work - this is one example.

Here, they are crushing Argan nuts, that are later processed into oil for use in soaps, food additives, oils, perfumes and other (environmentally friendly) produce. If anyone reading this has time, call by on the way to or from Essaouira (on the main Marrakesh road about half an hour outside Essaouira) as anything bought here or similar can make a real difference. Now all I need to do is to remember the name of the place - can anyone help?

Skala de la Ville

by matcrazy1

The fortifications called Skala de la Ville are located on the northern end of the ramparts. They look quite nice but not impressive I could say and for sure much better from a little farer distance. Never mind, the views of the Atlantic Ocean are amazing from that place. Add a few small local souvenir shops and restaurants/bars put down the Skala.

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 Riad Asmitou

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Address: 32, rue Bagdad, Essaouira, Morocco