Riad Kafila: your home in Essaouira

" Alone I was when I started towards my destination,

but people kept coming along, the caravan kept growing."

- Majrooh Sultanpuri


Your Essaouira experience starts at Riad Kafila, a traditional Moroccan home, which borders the sea wall and overlooks the rocky beachscape of the northwest corner of this fortress city. Riad Kafila meaning “house of the caravan” has taken its inspiration from Essaouira itself. Once referred to as “the port of Timbuktu,” caravans from all over Africa came here to trade. The riad is a crossroads of cultures where travelers can rest, meet, and exchange stories.

Riad Kafila is comprised of three floors and a stunning rooftop terrace with views up and down Essaouira’s scenic coast. The riad is an oasis of calm only a few minutes from the many restaurants, souks, cafes and shops in the medina, and only five minutes walking from both the harbor and the kilometers of endless sandy beach. Whatever kind of holiday you like, our team will try their best to make you feel at home and fulfill your wishes. We look forward to welcome you in Riad Kafila!


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Our Riad has seven double rooms, which are located off the central courtyard. All rooms have a private bathroom and WIFI. Each room can be converted into a twin room.


  • Each room has a private bathroom with a shower

  • Bottled water (free of charge)   

  • Bedlinnen, towels and soap


Upon arrival to Riad Kafila, we will welcome you in the courtyard, where you can enjoy a traditional mint tea as you check in. At the reception desk we are always at your service to answer your questions or provide you information about Essaouira, tours, daytrips or any other requests you may have.

  • 24-hour concierge

  • Luggage storage

  • Assistance with itinerary planning

  • Bookings for spa treatments and restaurants

  • Help with shipping purchases


Riad Kafila is unique because of its great location and amazing view. Our second floor lounge is decorated with Moroccan artifacts and furnishings to create a cozy and beautiful space for relaxation. With its breathtaking ocean views, it is the perfect setting to enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner. You may want to spend your whole day here curled up with a good book and listening to the waves outside.

  • Rich breakfast

  • Wifi Internet access


Our roof-top terrace is a perfect spot for sunbathing and meditation. In the evening, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. You’ll love watching the waves crashing against the distant rocks while the sun falls behind the horizon.

diner riad


  • Lunch and dinner on request

  • Laundry

  • Airport transfers

  • Day trips and tours

  • Professional guides

  • Professional baby sitters available

  • Picnic for day trips

  • Non alcoholic beverages

Riad Kafila  -  Rue Yamen 4bis, 44000 Essaouira, Maroc

riadkafila@gmail.com     +212 5 24 78 32 75     +212 6 15 82 65 80

breakfast riad

With its breathtaking ocean views, it is the perfect setting to enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner.