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Medina of Essaouira

Address: Essaouira, Morocco
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6...
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Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6 persons. You'll get a private & cosy place for you and your travel companions.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I loved the Essauoira medina. It was so beautiful, quaint and had so much character. I couldn't stop wandering around and taking pictures. It's quite dirty but this just adds to the charm. The windows are particularity beautiful so make sure to look up high. There are a lot of markets to buy things and lots of cafe & restaurants.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Very interesting. Compared to Marrakech. Lots of history people a lot nicer like the morocco I imagined. the Medina . and fishing harbour . the souk. All a must to see .such a difference to the. madness. Of Marrakesh.

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Dakar, Senegal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Essaouria is a lovely medina and much less frenzied than the other tourist areas of Morocco. Even though shop keepers want your business, they were not as in your face as other areas. My only turn off is that every time my husband and I would go out, people would hound us to buy hash or marijuana. Really put me... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

After we had spent time in the medinas of Fes and Markesh, the medina in Essaouira was pure magic!. It is much smaller than the other medinas we visited and very manageable to get around. The artisans in all the shops were more than happy to show you what they make and how they made it. Loved every minute! Try... More 

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Derbyshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Lovely to get lost in the medina. First trip to morocco and we have not visited Marrakech, but we were delighted by the lack of hassles here. Lots of interesting things to look at. I wanted cooperative argan oil, but had no idea which to pick. Eventually found a shop selling certified organic oi.l from a coop. I guess I... More 

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Carcassonne, France
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Essaouira itself has a distinctive smell of ancient sewers, smelly fish remains at the port combined with the more desirable aromas of spices and grilled meats in the Medina. You do get used to it. The Medina is colourful and the prices of Moroccan handcrafts like the large dishes and wall plates from nearby Safi or those with the more... More 

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Marrakech, Morocco
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Medina of Essaouira all of it is a highlight, i like shops in the streets, people in the cafes, the art galleries, so amazing medina with a wonderful restaurants, bars and cafe , a very relaxing town. Don't miss Essaouira in your trip it's a highlight in Morocco.

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Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is something else compared to Marrakech, there is no hard sale here, prices are reasonable and locals are friendly. Plenty of shops, markets, restaurants and of course, cats!

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Calgary, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We stayed in a riad in the medina of Essaouira. The medina itself is VERY clean and very easy to get around as it is quite a bit smaller than the medinas in Fez and Marrakesh. It is an artsy place as well. Merchants generally speak good English and welcome you into their stores and they don't hassle you. You... More 

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brooklyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

... and very deservedly so! Totally interesting and safe place to wander in and enjoy. LOVE the food! All this super-fresh fish!

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