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7 Days Photography & Culinary Holiday in Morocco

  • Riad Made in Essaouira, 181 Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

7 Days Photography & Culinary Holiday in Morocco

  • Riad Made in Essaouira, 181 Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

Cooking Vacations Morocco and Photography Course

Experience an unforgettable photography course and cookery vacation in the relaxed town of Essaouira, the ideal base for learning the art of Moroccan cuisine and spices. Enjoy outstanding photo opportunities whilst exploring the delicious cuisine of Morocco. Indulge in Moroccos wonderful atmosphere, full of exotic flavors, aromas, and views. Meet Berbers in their vibrant market, and share lovely moments with other locals and travelers capturing the taste and spirit of Morocco in pictures.


  • Photography workshops
  • Moroccan hands-on cooking lessons
  • Look around a striking Berber market
  • Sightsee at the medina and its coastal side
  • Visit an argan oil production cooperative
  • Discover a traditional fishing port
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily lovely breakfast
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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On this vacation, you will spend six nights in Maison du Sud, a smart centrally located riad where you will discover the best of Morocco. Located 300 meters from the sea, Riad Maison du Sud is a beautifully restored 18th Century hotel set at the heart of Essaouiras bustling medina. Luxuriously renovated in Moorish style, the 24 roomed riad offers an authentic mix of Moroccan and Andalusian architecture, design and style, making it the perfect boutique residence.

The riad has many quiet salons to relax in as well as two large rooftop terraces with sea views to enjoy breakfast on whilst the service at the riad is attentive yet understated in the long tradition of Moroccos finest establishments. At Riad Maison du Sud, you will experience a friendly personalized service with staff that speaks several languages. The rooms and the continuations open all on a luminous internal patio decorates azulejos. All with bathroom of a meticulous cleanliness, decorated with a special attention, in the respect of the art and Moroccan tradition. Harmony history, knowing that your happiness and your serenity are the riad's reason to be.

Day 1, Saturday

You will be picked up from Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) and transferred to your accommodation in Essaouira. You will have time to settle into your luxurious Moroccan riad and soak up the atmosphere. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal and mint tea.

Day 2, Sunday

Your day starts at 09:30, after breakfast, with an introduction to Moroccan spices in Essaouira's traditional medina. Afterwards, you will depart for a countryside trip to the region's most colorful and busiest market to source ingredients with your hosts; the market is very traditional and offers a taste of the real Morocco. On your first day, you will have two cooking workshops for lunch, followed by dinner, which will take place at the hosts kitchen in the countryside.

Day 3, Monday

Today, you will attend to two workshops in which you will learn the photography fundamentals (camera controls, exposure - ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and histograms) and receive tutor feedback. The photography course starts at 10:00, after breakfast, with a wander around the beautiful town of Essaouira, the home of your photography tutor and famous the world over. Before the evening meal, you will have the chance to review and get feedback on your initial images as a group.

Day 4, Tuesday

The focus of todays tuition will be on two abstract workshops in the medina and port, focusing mostly on using depth of field. You will also benefit from a one-to-one feedback during the day to assess your progress, providing feedback on your images and taking your understanding a step further. Prior to the evening group meal, you will have a chance to review the images of the day with your tutor and the rest of the group.

Day 5, Wednesday

Today will be given to exploring reportage photography and the art of photographing people at a local Berber market 20 minutes from Essaouira, a different market to the one on day two, and more ideally suited to photography. You can also explore the argan forest nearby. Afterwards, you will also have a portrait workshop photographing ladies producing argan oil in a production cooperative. Your third cooking class will take place shortly after lunch followed by your transfer back to the medina in the early evening.

Day 6, Thursday

This is a free day for you to relax and have fun in the medina.

Day 7, Friday

After breakfast, you will check out of the riad in time to be taken to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) for your return flight.

  • Explore Essaouira's traditional medina
  • Have cooking workshops on the countryside
  • Visit a bustling Moroccan market
  • Visit a UNESCO medina
  • Visit an exotic Berber market
  • Visit into the countryside
  • Visit to an argan oil production cooperative
  • Visiting a traditional fishing port

This culinary holiday takes place in Morocco, in the relaxed coastal town of Essaouira.

Nearby places

  • Berber market - 20 minutes
  • Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) - 2 hours 15 minutes

On this stunning vacation, you will be served daily breakfast, two lunches prior to your two cooking classes, and four group dinners in local restaurants on the days you're not cooking. Please note that the location of your evening meals does vary from week to week and depends on where the group would like to eat (usually one evening is spent in the riad).

Moroccan cuisine

Moroccan cooking is one of the worlds most distinct cuisines, with a multitude of subtle spices each tailored for meat, fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes. On this vacation, you can find the conical shaped tagine dish (instantly recognizable as a North African icon, with encased aromatic flavors, a combination of fruit, nuts, and spices infused with selected meats or vegetables), pastilla, briouats, and couscous on the menu, alongside a variety of starters, side dishes and Moroccan patisseries.

  • Enjoy a mini adventure quad biking
  • Explore browsing exotic markets to buy spices and tagines
  • Go horseback riding
  • Have fun with camel trekking
  • Indulge in a hammam
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 4 group dinners
  • 5 photography sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A review of your images on two evenings with your tutor
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport to photography and cooking sessions
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airfare
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). The organizer will pick you up. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.


  • Review by Jane W. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This is the second photography holiday I have done in Morocco with Darren. This time it was a 10-day trip going over the High Atlas into the desert. There were wonderful photographic opportunities to capture both images of the amazing landscapes and also of the local people who Darren knew. Darren was always there to offer essential photographic advice. Hafid was a brilliant driver, companion and was great at helping us to converse with local people by acting as a very willing interpreter. Altogether, a great trip."

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  • Review by Lynn from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "A stunning place to tour. The Mountains vary so much around each of the areas that you visit. Loved the area of the monkeys fingers. Darren and his wife were excellent guides. The accommodation was excellent and very varied so you experience all different kinds of hotels. The rooms in the cave hotel was a stunning experience, I will remember the time of trying out night photography of the stars."

    "You will meet and photograph in many varied situations that will inspire you, landscapes, markets and people in there homes."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I have been with Darren for two holidays and waiting for another tour to be finalised to go again. I had the most wonderful time on both tours with expert advice. I was looked after extremely well and nothing was too much trouble for both Darren and his wife Naimer. Not to forget Hafid who was always behind us to help with the local people and sort out any problems at the rear. Photography was my aim and this Darren was extremely helpful and experienced at this, I learnt a lot and came home with some great shots."

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  • Review by Stuart
    10 out of 10

    "Great day trip into Marrakech today, Hafid was a great host, picking us up from our hotel and giving us exactly what we asked for goats in trees, Argan Oil Co-op and loads more. Really pleased we booked to go with Darren who was professional and helpful and Hafid made for a wonderful day out."

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  • Review by Julieanne Kay
    10 out of 10

    "Many happy memories of the time I spent with Darren in Essaouira, would love to go back. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Ravi
    10 out of 10

    "We travelled with Hafid our driver from Essaouira on an 8-day tour with our itinerary arranged by Darren. We wanted to see the Cascades, Todra Gorge, and the Dades Valley but we experienced so much more; staying in an oasis village wed never heard of in an old Ksar and visiting a nomad family and a cobbler! The route meant we didn't spend too many hours on the road each day something we were aware of before booking and part of our decision to book with Wheels Across Morocco. Hafid is very patient. Both my wife and I were impressed with his driving skills and each night we arrived he helped with our luggage if the hotel staff were busy. In all the hotels were very good. Bagdad Cafe in Ait Benhaddou was my favorite. Very lovely hosts. Seeing the views of the High Atlas were also breathtaking. I cant recommend the tour enough. Well be back to cover another part of Morocco."

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  • Review by Pam
    10 out of 10

    "In February, I went on a photographic trip with Darren Lewey to the Atlas mountains. I can recommend this trip for the beautiful mountain scenery, the river valleys with the almond trees in flower and ancient ruins melting back into the earth. The people were very friendly and allowed us to take their pictures. I hope to go on another trip with Darren in the future."

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  • Review by Joy
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed a hassle-free day trip to Marrakesh with a perfect itinerary. Every effort was made to ensure we were happy and comfortable by Hafid. We would definitely recommend speaking with Darren next time you are in Morocco."

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  • Review by Jacinto
    10 out of 10

    "Darren and his Moroccan team deliver a very professional, well organized yet exciting tour; taking care of all of us well before we arrived and without them this experience wouldn't have been the same. For each day, different sights and activities were proposed, and depending on the weather conditions or our groups interests alternative plans were available in a very easygoing way.We had the privilege to visit wonderful cities, like Ait Ben Haddou (where few movies were partially recorded in, like Gladiator), amazing landscapes (including the Atlas mountains, the dunes, oasis, etc) and the unique possibility to get to know the generous, genuine and happy Moroccan people; visiting their houses, markets, etc., learning about their culture and enjoying wonderful stories while drinking tea.We even had a chance to share some hours with a Nomad family in a very remote location in the Atlas, as well as to enjoy a camel trip to a Berber camp in the dunes where we spent the night. The hotels were picturesque, clean and with a good service. We always had good local food, and the van trips didn't feel very long."

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