Essaouira: the jewel of Morocco’s Atlantic coast

Essaouira is Morocco’s most welcoming and laid back seaside resort. Its beautiful old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s rich history as a cultural melting pot on the margins of Africa and Europe.

Visitors often describe the town as ‘a breath of fresh air’, especially after the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

Take a stroll along our sweeping 5km beach…watch the fishermen mend their nets in the picturesque harbour…buy fresh fish, spices and fruit in the bustling souks…enjoy a mesmerising sunset over the ramparts…

Whether you’re into surfing, souk shopping or cafe-hopping, Essaouira is an enchanting year-round holiday destination, where you can soak up the sun and explore Moroccan culture at your own pace.

Beyond the town itself, there’s more to discover, including deserted beaches; unspoilt argan, thuya and juniper forests; traditional village markets; crumbling kasbahs; and luxury swimming pools and spas.

Dar 91 is located in one of the less touristic parts of the medina, a few minutes’ walk from Bab Marrakech, Bab Doukkala, the beaches and markets. Find out more in About us.

We want you to enjoy the best of Essaouira, so we send all our guests our ‘insider guide’ packed with ideas for what to do, where to eat and how to make the most of your stay. If you want a chat, please feel free to get in touch.

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Far better than a riad, where you’ve got no privacy at all - we loved being able to close ourselves away but still peep out through the shutters and see life going on from a distance.