Gnawa Music Tour

Departure Date

21 Feb - 21 Jun


3 hours



Maximum Seats


Epic journeys

Cycling Tour
Musician Guide
Conducted in English
Free Passes
Hotel Transfer

Tour Overview

12.15 P.M

Inside Bab Sbaa, below the clock tower (L’Moganna)

Step inside the sacred and traditional world of the Gnawa, an Afro-Moroccan group whose music and culture are the heartbeat of Essaouira. Meet with Gnawa masters and experience their addictive music in hidden domains inaccessible to outsiders. You will start the tour with a visit to a zaouia, or temple of the Gnawa people. This is a sacred place reserved for traditional lila rituals, often performed to treat psychological ills, drive out evil spirits, or remedy scorpion stings. These lilas still take place and usually last all night long and into the wee hours of the morning.
12.45 P.M

Follow a kuyu, or Gnawa dancer, to his private home for some tea and a demonstration of the sometimes acrobatic Gnawa dance moves, accompanied by an explanation of their typical clothing. Often made at home, these intricate designs are unique to the Gnawa performers and include bold colors, embroidery, and cowrie shells.
2.15 P.M

Continue on to the private quarters of a maalem, or master, to learn about the making of the guembri. This lute-like instrument is the base of all Gnawa music and you’ll get to learn how it’s made and hear it played. Rarely do outsiders get invited into these personal spaces, generally reserved for Gnawi, musicians and their friends.
3.15 P.M

Near Moulay Hassan Square (in the Medina)

Finish the evening in Essaouira, chilling at a local music spot, grooving to soulful sounds that fuse Gnawa with Jazz, Latin, Reggae, and more. Our guide can recommend where to have dinner or carry on the night, if you’re so inclined!



  • As you will be entering sacred and private spaces, please be considerate of local tradition and wear appropriate clothing.
  • Covering from the shoulders to the knees is recommended for both men and women. You will be walking over some uneven terrain, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Evenings can be cold and a warm layer is advisable. An umbrella, rain jacket, and closed- toe shoes may be necessary in January and February.

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Tour Name Price Per Adult Price Per Child Available Seats Departure Date Duration
Gnawa Music Tour $ 37.80 $ 10.00 6 21 Feb ~ 21 Jun 3 hours

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