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Beautiful medina riad in Essaouira with sea view

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, sleeps 2-10, few minutes to beach and town

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 and Bouchra, our excellent cooks, are 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! They 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.

The medina around the house is pedestrianised, therefore there is no parking directly by the house but there is a large secure car park just a 10 minute walk down by the beach that many of our guests use. Fouad will be able to give you directions to the carpark on your arrival and will meet you there to welcome you and show you to the house.

More Details

Johan and Clare
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2018

About Johan and Clare

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.

Johan and Clare purchased this house in 2006

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A fantastic property in a beautiful place! The restaurants were all very good, but the house keeper, Kadysha's cooking was better still.'

Stuart Davies, Banbury.

'Thankyou for letting us stay in your lovely riad in Essaouira. We had a fantastic two weeks and the house was just perfect. The photos on your website really don't do it justice!. Khadisha in particular looked after us really well and the breakfasts and meals she cooked for us were delicious. The trip to the Hamman with her was a really fantastic experience. We had a lovely and relaxing two weeks and would definitely recommend your Riad and Essaouira to others travelling to Morocco.'

Caroline Brown, Scotland.

'You have a very beautiful and very nice house. If we are going back to Essaouira, and I'm sure we will, we will rent your house again! On the terrace, you have a great view and the house itself is really pleasant to stay in (very quiet and only a minute walk from the main road).'

Chris Vanbroeckhoven, Belgium.
May 2010
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Bani Antar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Travel cot provided. There are also additional sofa beds (2).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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.


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Beautiful medina riad in Essaouira with sea view
average rating of 4.590909 based on 23 reviews

Delightful house in the centre of the Medina. Khadija cooked fabulous breakfast every day.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here. Everything is very local and it's very easy to go out and buy food to cook. House is immaculate. It has everything you need. Fouad was helpful if we needed advice.

Lovely house.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Charming, well equipped,great for large group.

  • 4 of 5

Cool private riad with excellent cook and fabulous views over coast from the roof terrace. Sleeps 8 easily and 9/10 if pushed.

Situated in the Medina, so convenient for everything.

Essouira is a beautiful atmospheric city, fabulous beach, good mix of tourists and locals. Enjoyed camel riding, quad bikes and visit to La Fromagerie, a taxi ride out of town for a pleasant lunch, but be warned, much hotter inland...

Riad whilst delightfully cool, is damp due to humidity, towels and clothes never dry. Bathrooms adequate.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb property and excellent local help

  • 4 of 5

A truly beautiful property with the advantage of Fouad to phone taxis / organise trips - he is a mine of information. Kadisha will cook for you and we'd recommend taking her up on that. The logistics worked very smoothly with Fouad organising the taxi from the airport then meeting us outside the Medina with a porter for the luggage (the Medina being traffic free). We were a little unfortunate in that consistently windy weather kept us from enjoying the sun terrace with its lovely sea views. Other than that we had a great time - local restaurants are very reasonably priced (speak to Fouad for recommendations).

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely riad in a great spot with fabulous views!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us (two couples) stayed here for 3 nights in February and had a fabulous time. Unsurprisingly, we had more than enough space and had a very comfortable stay. We made little use of the terrace as it wasn't that warm during our visit but the views over the sea are beautiful. We did make very good use of the fire each evening for which Fouad provided us with wood on our first day and really enjoyed the living space on the ground floor. The kitchen seemed very well stocked although we made little use of it apart from keeping drinks in the fridge and making mint tea!

The riad is in a great location in the medina and we would recommend it for families or groups. Everything is within very easy reach and the whole place is very friendly and welcoming.

Jen was really helpful with communications beforehand including organising for us a very punctual and comfortable taxi pick up from our riad in Marrakech to bring us to Dar Ettouahen.

Many thanks - we hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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A wonderful New Year break

  • 5 of 5

We were three generations, ten of us altogether, who thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dar Ettouahen. We will miss the sea views from the roof, the warmth and friendliness of the people, the endless fascination of the markets, and the fresh food. Vegetables there are wonderful. We had intended to cook for ourselves but after sampling Kahdisha's cooking on the first night we could not resist it on most subsequent nights, apart from a couple of occasions when we tried a restaurant. Some of us had never been to Morocco before and were worried about the potential for stomach bugs but we all remained really well. The taxi arrangements were excellent, with child seats provided as requested, and very good drivers. The property was clean and comfortable. We would recommend staying here, it is inside the Medina so no traffic - we spent our days walking about exploring the town, the beach, and the port, and were never bored. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Perfect relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from this beautiful riad where we spent a relaxing week. The pictures of this Riad do not do it justice as it is hard to capture the spacious living area downstairs. Very clean and comfortable. We had breakfast cooked daily by the housekeeper and a few evening meals. This was a treat and her tajines were fantastic. It was very windy for our stay but this meant that we were able to tolerate the high temperatures well and sat out on the roof terrace daily to read and sunbathe. Essaouira itself has a friendly and chilled vibe with great choice of restaurants and good shopping. Finally the owners of the property have been very responsive and good to deal with.Good communication throughout.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $65.58

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.
Babysitting available.
Our caretaker can help organising excursions.
Discounts may be available on last minute bookings and for long stays.
Deposits are non-refundable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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