Photography and Culture Holiday Essaouira

From £975 pp


8 Days

Small Group up to 6 People

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.

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 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
  • 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 and Culture Holiday Essaouira