Grande Essaouira taxis are usually large, blue coloured vehicles which can be easily identified. Grande taxis are public taxis and these can be hailed in the street whenever you need them. There are some newer models around town presently, but still, they do not have functioning air conditioning.
Alternatively, you can find a myriad of Grande Taxis at the Essaouira place de taxi which is located at the Essaouira Bus station, which you would arrive at if you were taking a Bus to Essaouira from Marrakech or other Moroccan city.
The Grande taxis are usually old, do not have air conditioning and are licensed to seat a maximum of 6 passengers. That is, amazingly, 4 passengers in the back seat and 2 people in the front passenger seat. All in all, with no ar conditioning, it’s a bit of a squash, so make sure that you are good friends with the person sitting next to you.
Grande taxis in Essaouira are licensed to travel regionally in Morocco, so they can transport you to other cities. Remember though, that with no air conditioning, and old vehicles, it’s not going to be the most comfortable of rides.
Hailing a Grande taxi in Essaouira is simple, you just wave at the taxi, and then tell the driver where you wish to go. Always remember to haggle the set price that you are happy with. Grande taxis do not operate meters, so, you really need to know your price before you get in the Grande taxi.