Getting to Essaouira: fly to Marrakech or Agadir?

Although Essaouira has an airport, it is presently not well served. (Ryanair flies to Marseilles; Transavia and Royal Air Maroc to Parisian airports. Easyjet starts a service to London Luton on 1 May 2015). As a result, many visitors to Essaouira fly in to either Marrakech and Agadir, which are well served by an ever-expanding range of budget and charter airlines. Your choice will depend on which airlines serve your local airport and what you want from a holiday. Essaouira is equidistant from Marrakech and Agadir, although at around 3 hours, the journey to/from Agadir takes a bit longer.

Presuming you may spend a night or two in the city where you land, I would personally recommend spending some time on arrival in a riad (renovated townhouse B&B) in the medina of Marrakech for culture, history, shopping and fine dining followed by 2-3 days in Essaouira for chilling out by the beach, eating fresh fish and admiring the beautiful sunsets after the big city experience. It is also a great centre for watersports and golf, if you feel the need for physical activity! That kind of two-centre trip is ideal for a week’s break. If you were coming to Morocco for longer, you might consider a more varied itinerary and/or flying in to one airport and out of the other.

By contrast, Agadir is a seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast with many family-oriented all-inclusive hotels and nightclubs for young (and not-so-young) Moroccans and tourists to let their hair down! Essaouira, on the other hand, is full of quirky guesthouses and is dominated by independent hotels to suit every budget.

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