On the Atlantic coast, from Casablanca to Essaouira
Morocco isn’t all cultural sites, it’s also thousands of kilometres of Atlantic and Mediterranean coast! The country's unique geographical layout has created stunning sites of natural beauty to enchant any traveller who loves the beach. Even better, this coast has remained, for the most part, untouched. Deep coves, little fishing villages, and beaches of sand stretching out to infinity await! Culture is also in store at historical sites like Azemmour, El Jedida, Oualidia or Essaouira that retain all the rich heritage of their pasts.
Every night you’ll discover a new charming local establishment in which to spend the night.
The stages of your journey :
Day 1 : Casablanca - Azemmour. 70 km about 1h
Day 2 : Azemmour – Oualidia. 90km about 1h30
Day 3 : Oualidia – Essaouira. 200 km about 3h30
Day 4 : Essaouira
Day 5 : Essaouira - Casablanca. 380 km about 5h
Day 6 : Casablanca
-1 night in Azemmour in a small intimate riad
-1 night in Oualidia in a charming local hotel
-2 nights in Essaouira in a riad in the medina, 300 m away from the sea with the best value for your money. All of the rooms and suites have a mezzanine that opens onto two interior patios. A beautiful and comfortable home in a traditional setting.
-1 night in Casablanca at the four star Kenzi Basma hotel
Price for this journey in Morocco
Your selfdrive tour starting from 370€ per person based on a 2 person trip with the rental of a vehicule
Your selfdrive tour starting from 570€ per person based on a 2 person trip with the rental of a vehicule + driver
This price is per person, based on a 2 persons trip and sharing a room
Final price will vary according to the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle rented.
- 5 day rental of a category A vehicle, Hyundai Atos. (VAT included, unlimited distance, insurance, pick up and drop off at your hotel)
- Hotel to Casablanca airport transfer on day 6
- 1 night in Azemmour in a riad
- 1 night in Oualidia in a charming local hotel
- 2 nights in Essaouira in a riad
- 1 night in Casablanca at the four star Kenzi Basma hotel
Not included :
- Meals, besides breakfasts
- Fuel for your car
Day 1 : Casablanca - Azemmour (about 1h)
Arrive at Casblanca International Airport and pick up your rental vehicle to drive to Azemmour. Azemmour is a very picturesque city. The ramparts and fortifications around the medina have been incredibly well preserved and the old town, perched atop a cliff, dominates the oued (river) Oum er Rbia and its estuary. A long sandy beach, El Haouzia, awaits you to the north of the city.
Overnight in a riad in the medina.
Day 2 : Azemmour - Oualidia (about 1h30)
Drive south along the coast. Mandatory stop at the famous El Jadida, formerly Mazagan, a city fortified by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, and a world heritage site. It boasts incredible cisterns, its seafront city walls make for an interesting and beautiful walk, the gates are very impressive and the city’s layout itself is quite original. Even the new city is worth a visit with its stunning views over the ocean, and its lively markets. We’d recommend you take the coastal road to Oualidia as it is much prettier and less crowded. Before arriving to your next city, stop for a swim! Seafood lovers can feast at many places along the coast as well.
Overnight in a guesthouse on the water.
Day 3 : Oualidia - Essaouira (about 3h30)
You continue to drive along the coast beach after beach. At Safi, an industrial port city, you can admire Kelcha its’ old fortresss built by the Portuguese. As you drive, the coast becomes steeper and craggier. Stop at the Hamidouch kasbah, a citadel built at the mouth of the river (oued) Tenseft, in the 17th century, by Moulay Ismaïl Ibn Sharif. You’ll arrive in Essaouira in the afternoon. Settle into your riad in the heart of the city’s medina. This intimate riad offers quality and service and is owned by a Franco-Moroccan couple that is sure to offer you a warm welcome as well as all kinds of advice for your stay in Essaouira.
Day 4 : Essaouira
A day to discover Essaouira, formerly Mogador, a magnificent and unique city where East and West mix like nowhere else in Morocco. The city, huddled into its pink ramparts looks out to the ocean. It has become one of Morocco’s cult destinations because it offers a complete travel experience: lively alleyways, restaurants with terraces, beaches, souks, strolls along the ramparts…At the harbour, sit on at a seafront terrace of one of the restaurants to enjoy a fresh fish dinner…
Day 5 : Essaouira - Casablanca (about 5h)
To return to Casablanca, head north in the direction of Marrakech. If you leave early, you’ll have time to stop in the rose city for a bit…a highway connects Marrakech to Casablanca in only two hours. Don’t miss the art deco neighbourhoods of the city centre and the Hassan II mosque on the seafront.
Settle into your four star hotel then return your rental vehicle.
Day 6 : Casablanca
Private transfer to the Airport after breakfast.
- After you have booked your trip, we will send you a bunch of insider tips: where to eat, what not to miss…
- If you are on a smaller budget, we can offer the trip staying in a lower category of accommodation
- Between Casablanca and El Jadida, take the coastal road, much prettier and much less crowded
- Ideal period: May to June so you can see many sea birds. However, it is difficult to choose because every season has something to offer.
- If you’re unsure about driving in Morocco, don’t hesitate to hire a driver. This peace of mind and the helpful advice of a local will make your trip more expensive, however.
- If you like oysters, at Oualidia, you can go to the oyster park number 3. Ask the owner to open a couple up for you to try right there, you’ll eat them with your own bottle of « Gris » that you will have brought of course…
Your vehicule :
5 day rental of a category A vehicle, Hyundai Atos. We can also get you a nicer car upon request.
VAT included, unlimited distance, insurance, pick up and drop off at your hotel.
The entire tour takes place on well-kept paved roads. There is no reason to rent a 4WD unless you prefer to drive one…