International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads (Essaouira, Morocco, June 18-23, 2018) – Travel and accommodation info, preliminary program

***perliminary program attached as PDF at the bottom of this page***


The airport of Essaouira is small and served by four international airlines, easyJet, Royal Air Maroc, Transavia, and TUI fly. Direct flights to Essaouira are available from London (easyJet), Paris (Transavia), Lyon (easyjet) and Charleroi (TUI fly).

Alternatively, it is possible to catch a connecting flight from Casablanca, Marrakech and Agadir. From these airports you may also get to Essaouira by car. We strongly recommend you reserve a private car with a driver in advance, and to use LMK Navette with which we have agreed to the prices listed in the pdf attached at the bottom of this page (prices are in Moroccan Dirhams/MAD).

You may also decide to use grands taxis (shared rides), but you should do so with caution. From the airport of Essaouira to the city of Essaouira the price is approximately 150 MAD per seat ($16 or €14). From the airports of Marrakech and Agadir to Essaouira the price per a seat is approximately 200 MAD ($22 or €18) and 800 MAD ($87 or €70) if you wish to rent the entire car for yourself.

From Marrakech, you may also reach Essaouira by bus for 80 MAD ($9 or €7). We recommend you use Supratours buses. All the germane information is available here or here.



Please note that because of the annual Gnawa Festival in Essaouira (June 21-24), we encountered a number of challenges in reserving affordable hotels. Aside from the few recommended hotels located at a walking distance to the location of the symposium venue, we also reserved 70 rooms at La Perle de Mogador, a convenient hotel recommended by our host and located about 2.5 Km from the symposium venue. We have arranged for free shuttles to and from the symposium at no extra cost. In the evening it will be possible to use small taxis to reach the medina in 5-6 minutes for a cost of approximately 8 MAD ($0.90 or €0.70).

Because we are waiting to hear back from a number of hotels and ryads, we will continue to update the list of accommodations located at a walking distance to the location of the symposium.

The rooms we reserved are guaranteed until April 1, but please do not wait until the last minute. To reserve a room, you need to contact Kaoutar Chakir and arrange your reservation directly with her. After confirming your reservation with Kaoutar, you will need to contact the hotel and proceed to book your room in accordance to the hotel’s rules and regulations. Kaoutar can be reached by email:

You may of course explore other hotels and venues on your own, but if you decide to do so we decline any responsibilities. Please keep in mind that although exciting, the Gnawa Festival does bring a crowd to Essaouira.

For your convenience, we are also preparing a list of restaurants nearby the symposium venue, and we are in the midst of negotiating lunch tickets with different menus available (including vegetarian) for 100-150 MAD ($11-17 or €9-13).



Recommended Hotels walking distance of the symposium venue:

Ryad Authentique (6 rooms and 1 suite available June 17-24)

-Double room with breakfast included 600 MAD ($66 or €53)

-Suite with breakfast included 850 MAD ($93 or €75)

Miramar (3 rooms available June 17-23)

-Double room with breakfast included 736 MAD ($80 or €65)

Les Terrasses d'Essaouira (2 rooms available June 17-23) 

-Double room with breakfast included 650 MAD ($71 or €57)

Ryad al Zahia (3 suites available June 17-25

Reserve directly to this site:

-Suite for 4 people $ 130 or € 105

-Suite for 5 people $ 149 or € 120


Recommended hotel about 1.5 Km from the symposium venue (5 minutes by car and 20 minutes walking):

Atlas Essaouira Spa (10 rooms available June 17-24

-Double room with breakfast included $109 or €88 (prices vary if you book through or Expedia $86 or €71 )

*Rooms are NOT guaranteed. Reserve directly with the Hotel, 25% deposit at the time of the reservation


Recommended hotel about 2.5 Km from the symposium venue with free shuttle bus to the symposium venue (5-6 minutes by car and 30 minutes walking):

La Perle de Mogador (70 rooms available June 17-24

-Double room with breakfast included until June 20 692 MAD ($72 or €61) and from June 21-24 802 MAD ($87 or €70)