Photography & Culture Holiday Essaouira

From £1075 pp

Essaouira, Morocco

8 Days

Small Group up to 6 People

Photography & Culture Holiday Essaouira

From £1075 pp

What You'll Do

Discover Morocco off the beaten track on this unique 7 night photography & culture holiday in the coastal village of Essaouira; set in a traditional Moroccan Riad, this holiday is perfect for those looking to improve their skills but also taking time to relax & enjoy their holiday time.


2023 Dates 

Feb 17th – 24th

March 11th – 18th

April 29 – May 6

May 27th – 3rd June

June 17th-24th

September 2 – 9

The holidays depart on Saturday and Dates in July and August are possible -on request.

The coastal town of Essaouira, famous for its history, maze of Souks, rich culture, stunning landscapes and bright North African colours and flavours, is the perfect host for this 7 night combined photography and culture holiday with cooking classes.

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, allowing you to produce photographs that go far beyond the usual holiday photo snaps

As well as learning the fundamentals of photography, this holiday is a real opportunity to explore your culinary side, the fascinating Moroccan culture as well as taking time to enjoy your well-earned holiday. It’s a chance to quietly study and absorb the richness of this enchanting town, create delicious authentic dishes to enjoy once you’re home and take in more than the usual tourist trails.

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.


Stay in a traditional, beautifully decorated Moroccan Riad with a roof terrace.

Great mix of photography tuition & cultural activities to discover Morocco.

Cultural activities include cooking lessons, a local hamman & guided tours.

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 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
– Dinner is not included in the price of the holiday but your host will be happy to offer suggestions on the best places to eat in town


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 1 workshop on camera fundamentals workshop (basic camera controls, exposure – ISO, shutter speed, aperture)
– The afternoon is free for you to choose from one of the following activities:
Visiting a local Hammam
A guided historical tour of the medina including the Portugese and Jewish influences
Visiting the local art galleries and learning about local artists
Understanding how silver jewellery is made
Visiting several local markets in the medina selling different things including a visit to a traditional bakery
Essaouira is the home of Gnawa music; an introduction to local music and the instruments used


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Abstract workshop & cultural activity

– The focus of today’s morning tuition will be on a morning abstract workshop in the medina
– The afternoon is set aside for your second cultural activity


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Portrait workshop & cultural activity

– 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
– Afterwards you’ll also have a portrait workshop photographing ladies producing Argan oil
– Your optional second cooking class takes place shortly after lunch followed by your transfer back to medina in the early evening
– You can also choose to have a free afternoon and Darren will help you organise your own activities


riad accommodation in Essaouira

Essaouira Port & cultural activity

– 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
– The afternoon is set aside for your third cultural activity
– 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, kite surfing, camel trekking or cycling


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

Location Information

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, which is just 300m from the beach and in the heart of the Medina. The sunny roof terrace providing the perfect place to sit back and relax with a Moroccan mint tea. Many facilities nearby include outdoor markets, restaurants and cafes.

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airports:
Essaouira or Marrakech (2 hours 30 mins drive away from Essaouira)

Airport transfers:
From Essaouira: please note that return transfers to and from Essaouira are included in the price at any time.


  • 7 nights accommodation in a Moroccan Riad
  • Single travellers will have a private single room with NO additional single supplements
  • 4 photography sessions on days 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • 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 day 2 and 5 (optional for day 5)
  • Culture activities on day 3, 4 & 6 include a choice of visiting a local hammam, taking an historical tour, shopping in different markets, an arts scene tour, local music history introduction, learning how to make silver jewellery
  • 2 cooking classes on the afternoons of days 2 & 5 lasting between 4-5 hours for each lesson for which the second is optional
  • Cooking classes include a visit to a spice shop, cooking lesson and eating
  • All transport to photography and cooking sessions
  • All breakfasts
  • Other lunches are taken out on location and are not included in the price (but should be inexpensive)
  • Your holiday 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 is suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 18
- The aim of this holiday for beginners is to learn more about their cameras and how to take better photographs
- The course is mainly focused on digital SLR photography and we strongly recommend you bring your own DSLR camera with you
- If you do not have a DSLR, there is a digital SLR with a 18-250mm lens available at the school for hire which costs £65 for the week (to be paid locally); please contact us in advance of booking to check availability to reserve hire of the school’s camera
- If you would like advice on which DSLR camera to buy before your holiday, your tutor will be happy to advise once the holiday has been confirmed

- Cooking lessons are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to competent cooks looking to gain an insight into local country style cooking
- Your hosts are British and Moroccan and all classes are taught in English

- This photography and culture holiday makes a great singles holiday as there are no single supplements
- Courses have a maximum of 6 people in each group, singles are very welcome as you'll meet others with similar interests
- Essaouira is very relaxed and welcoming town with a great Bohemian feel because of its music and art scene
- The majority of people who take these courses are solo travellers and everyone loves the location and the social aspect of this course
- You’ll be guided on your cultural afternoons so you’re never far from a friendly face

- Holidays start on selected Saturdays throughout the year

- Bring your own digital camera (with manual), charger, memory cards, tripod, filters and flash if you have them
- Point and shoot if you have one
- You may be able to hire the digital SLR at the school but please enquire about availability before you book
- Please bring suitable footwear for walking as you will be spending a lot of time exploring the different areas

- All breakfasts are included daily
- Vegetarians can be catered for (please put this in the special requests box when booking)
- Lunches are included as part of your 2 cooking workshop days
- Lunches on non-cookery days are not included for the remaining days but are typically inexpensive in Morocco and your group usually eats lunch together
- Your hosts will be able to advise you on the best places to eat out

Marrakech: return transfers from Marrakech Airport are included in the price if your arrival and departure times are as follows:

Arrival - pick up between approximately 6pm and 8pm from the airport

Departure - drop off arriving at the airport at approximately 6pm and 8pm

Please note that in the event of small group numbers, participants may be expected to share transfers from Marrakech which may mean arriving at the airport in good time for the flight.

Any arrivals or departures outside these times are charged at £65.