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Dar Ettouahen is a beautiful, elegant, light and airy, newly refurbished riad on a quiet street within the walls of the historic Medina of Essaouira. It is just two minutes walk from the bustling souks, outdoor cafes and candlelit restaurants, and seven minutes from the beach. Cosy enough for two, but well-equipped and spacious enough for a whole family or group of friends, Dar Ettouahen has traditional stone arches, tadelakt (marble-dust walled) bathrooms, tiled floors, high thuya wood ceilings and a open log fireplace.
The ground floor is a wonderful spacious open-plan living space, and upstairs there is a cosy salon and four large bedrooms. On the roof are fantastic sea views - there is a large sheltered terrace with plenty of room for eating, drinking and relaxing and a second smaller upper terrace provides the perfect setting for watching the sun set over the waves crashing on the rocks below.
During your stay, you will be looked after by Fouad, our local caretaker who is there to make sure that you have a great stay. Not only is he able to help with any problems you may have (e.g. finding a doctor), but he can also give lots of advice and organise excursions for you, including transport to the airport (from 600 dhms) or your next destination. He will meet you when you arrive in Essaouira, take you to the house, and lend you a local mobile phone with which you can call him if you need him during your stay. He is kind, honest and very reliable.
The house is cleaned weekly and in between guests. Khadisha, our excellent cook, is also available to make delicious breakfasts and traditional Moroccan dinners for you at very reasonable prices. These meals are often described by guests as a highlight! She will also provide additional cleaning and washing for you on request for a small charge.
If you are travelling with young children we provide stair gates, a high chair, a travel cot (with additional mattress and cot bedding) and a baby bath. We are also able to organise babysitting during the evenings.
We have a longstanding relationship with a taxi company who offer a very reliable service at a reasonable cost. They can provide cars of different sizes from Essaouira airport (starting at 200 dhms), from Marrakech (starting at 700 dhms) and from Agadir (starting at 800 dhms).
It is also possible to get from Marrakech and Agadir to Essaouira by bus.
You don't need a car to explore Essaouira but cars can be hired from Marrakech (e.g. the airport) or Essaouira new town....moreless
Audio Tape Player
There is a DVD player and a selection of DVDs for adults and children....moreless
Satellite / Cable
There is a TV and a satellite dish with reaches a Handful of English speaking channels (and a number of French and German channels). ...moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Near The Ocean
Sports & Adventure Activities
Seating for 8 people
Iron & Board
Local Activities Guide
4 Ring Stove
Dishes & Utensils
There is a good range of cooking equipment, utensils, crockery, glasses etc. There is a four ring gas hob and a freestanding small oven. There is a large fridge with a small freezer compartment....moreless
Deck / Patio:
There is a large sunny, sheltered roof terrace with a small kitchen where there is plenty of room to eat, drink and relax. From two smaller upper terraces there is spectacular view over the sea....moreless
Summer 2015 half term May 23 - May 31, 2015 3 night min stay
£110 Fri, Sat, Sun
July and Summer 2015 Jul 4 - Sep 6, 2015 3 night min stay
£110 Fri, Sat, Sun
October 2015 half term Oct 24 - Nov 1, 2015 3 night min stay
£110 Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas 2015 Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
£110 Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit£50
No additional mandatory fees
We ask for an additional £10/nights for groups of seven or more people.
Breakfast and dinner is optional and costs 30/75 dirhams per person.
Taxi to and from the airports can be organised.
Our caretaker can help organising excursions.
Discounts may be available on last minute bookings and for long stays.
Deposits are non-refundable
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Essaouira is a small historic fishing port on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, renowned for its laid-back and friendly atmosphere, souks stuffed full of local art and craftwork as well as local produce, its long sandy beach and its well-preserved old walled medina, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001.
The weather is temperate and warm year-round and the bracing sea winds make it an attractive spot for windsurfing. The long sandy beach is also home to daily local football and basket ball games and at the south end are the ruins of Borj el-Berod, mythically said to have been the inspiration for Jimi Hendrix's 'Castles made of sand'. The old medina ramparts are a great spot to watch the waves crashing onto the rocks as the sun goes down over the 'Ile de Mogador', a group of tiny islands which offer sanctuary to Eleanora's falcons.
Inside the medina, the narrow streets (from which cars are banned), are filled with bustling fish, spice, vegetable and pottery markets, art galleries exhibiting work of local artists, souks selling carpets, ironwork and local thuya wood craftware and children playing. Stop and stare in one of the local cafes or patisseries, selling strong coffee, Moroccan mint tea and freshly squeezed orange juice. Evenings are happily wiled away in one of the numerous restaurants, steeped in atmosphere and warmth, which serve traditional Moroccan fare: tagines, couscous and Moroccan and French wine.
Within Essaouira, you won’t need a car (the medina is pedestrianised). You might want to take short trips around Essaouira, but taxis are cheap and easily organised through Fouad (our caretaker). It is also easy to hire a car by the day in Essaouira if you would like to explore more independently.
Other Activities: camel-trekking, kite-surfing, kayak, quad-biking, hamams.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: We're a family of five with three young children. We bought the riad in 2006. We love Essaouira and we go there several times a year. The rest of the time we rent out the house. It's great to talk to our guests about Essaouira and Morocco, and it's really nice to see so many guests wanting to come back to our house.