Photography and Cookery Holiday Essaouira

From £1050 pp


8 Days

Small Group up to 6 People

What you'll do

Enjoy the outstanding photo opportunities in the coastal village of Essaouira, whilst exploring the delicious cuisine of Morocco on this unique 7 night photography and cooking holiday, set in a traditional Moroccan Riad where you’ll discover the best of Morocco through a lens.

The coastal town of Essaouira is the perfect host for this combined photography and cooking holiday, famous for its history, maze of Souks, rich culture, stunning landscapes and bright North African colours and flavours.

Photographers will be inspired on this unique course as you’ll get out and about to discover the Souks, seascapes, Medinas, Argan oil producers, stunning sunsets and much more. You’ll also benefit from the small group tuition also included in the course.

As well as learning the fundamentals of photography, this holiday is a real opportunity to explore your culinary creative side and the fascinating Moroccan culture with two cookery lessons, a chance to quietly study and absorb the richness of this enchanting town, allowing you to produce photographs that go far beyond the usual holiday photo snaps, and create delicious authentic dishes to enjoy once you’re home.

Accommodation is set in magnificent Riad in the centre of Essaouira which boasts a lovely roof terrace ideal for enjoying warm evenings sat outside admiring, and even photographing, stunning sunset light over the town.


Your Local Host:


British photography tutor Darren has been a photographer and filmmaker for over 25 years. With over 25 years’ experience working as a professional photographer, Darren has taught photography at all levels from beginners to degree level with a Masters in Photography and Filmmaking himself. Darren’s passion and understanding will help you expe.. Read More

Experience Itinerary


– You’ll be collected from the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Essaouira
– You will have time to settle into your luxurious Moroccan Riad and soak up the atmosphere

– The riad of Maison du Sud is located 300m from the sea
– It’s a beautifully restored 18th-century hotel in the heart of the bustling medina
– Decorated in a tasteful Moorish style with modern comforts
– There are many quiet salons to relax in plus two large rooftop terraces where you can enjoy breakfast or a mint tea
– WiFi is provided on the ground floor
– All rooms are en-suite

Medina tour & cooking workshop

– Your day starts at 9.30am after breakfast with an introduction to Moroccan spices in Essaouira’s traditional medina
– Afterwards you’ll depart for a countryside trip for your first cooking workshop: lunch will take place at the hosts kitchen in the countryside after the lesson


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Walking shoot of Essaouira

– Your photography course starts at 10am after breakfast with a wander around the beautiful town of Essaouira, the home of your photography tutor and famous the world over
– Essaouira has stunning architecture, fishing ports and labyrinths of Souks and bustling markets
– In your first day you’ll have 2 workshops on camera fundamentals workshop (camera controls, exposure – ISO, shutter speed, aperture and histograms)
– In the evening, you will have the chance to review and get feedback on your initial images as a group before having free time to dine where you choose


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Abstract workshop

– The focus of today’s tuition will be on 2 abstract workshops in the medina and port, focussing mostly on using depth of field
– You will also benefit from a one-to-one feedback during the day to assess your progress, providing feedback on your images and taking your understanding a step further


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Reportage photography & portrait workshop

– Today will be given to exploring reportage photography and the art of photographing people at a local Berber market 25 minutes from Essaouira
– A different market to day 2 and more ideally suited to photography, you can also explore the Argan forest nearby
– Afterwards you’ll also have a portrait workshop photographing ladies producing Argan oil
– Your second cooking class takes place shortly after lunch followed by your transfer back to medina in the early evening


Essaouira off the beaten track

– Following breakfast your photography tuition will start at the Riad, with a review of the previous day’s images followed by today’s workshop which will be based on documentary style photography with a guided tutor led tour of the port
– After lunch there is a short trip outside the medina to see another side of Essaouira away from the tourist trail
– A group image review will be a chance to see where how you have progressed during the week and to showcase your work to rest of the group
– As on previous days you will have the evening free to dine as you wish


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Practice skills & free time

– You will also have free time to practice your photography before lunch (lunch is at an extra cost)
– You will have the afternoon to photograph or relax independently and your tutor Darren has a host of suggestions of what to do in your free time
– Depending on how much energy you have you can perhaps try horse riding, a spot of shopping, visit a hamman, exploring the locals arts scene by visiting the galleries, take a music class in bongo drums, see how local silver and wood products are made and more or if you prefer, just relax on the beach


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday


– Before lunch you will check out of the Riad in time to be taken to the airport for your return flight

Reviews (2)

A Line Christensen

Monday 6th May, 2019

Great location, both for the variety of photo opportunities and hanging out and be on holiday!

C Schwartz

Tuesday 12th March, 2019

This was a wonderful tour. Educational and enjoyable. Many thanks!

Location Info

This holiday is set in bustling Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast just 2.5 hours from Marrakech. Essaouira is a safe and friendly coastal city with a small town feel.

You’ll stay in an enchanting boutique Riad in the centre..

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Moroccan Riad
  • Single travellers will have a private single room with NO additional single supplements
  • 5 photography sessions on days 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • A review of your images on two evenings with your tutor
  • Photography activities include, photographing people, sunset photography, a traditional fishing port, a UNESCO medina and a visit into the countryside and an Argan oil production cooperative
  • Cooking workshops on days 2 & 5
  • 2 cooking classes on the afternoons of days 2 & 5 lasting between 4-5 hours for each lesson
  • Cooking classes include a visit to a local market, cooking lesson and eating
  • All transport to photography and cooking sessions
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches as part of your 2 cooking classes
  • Other lunches are taken out on location and are not included in the price (but should be inexpensive)
  • Your course will start on day 2, the day after your arrival
  • A return airport transfer to and from the Riad from Essaouira and Marrakech airport (with pick-up tailored for between 6-8pm for Marrakech airport, a supplement applies for arrivals and departures outside of these times)

Photography and Cookery Holiday Essaouira