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Medina of Essaouira

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Description: Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6...
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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Took a hotel organised tour to Essaouira from Marrakech. Takes about 2.5 hours with stops. Services, goat's in trees,and a visit to a cooperative run Argan oil shop/factoty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Took a hotel organised tour to Essaouira from Marrakech. Takes about 2.5 hours with stops. Services, goat's in trees,and a visit to a cooperative run Argan oil shop/factoty . Lovely costal town small but lively. Your less harassed by touts and sellers here and the medina is a welcome retreat and unlike those in Marrakech. The beach has egg timer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Such an interesting place, bustling and lively and really captivating. Traditional Moroccan traders, all want to sell (never pay more than half their first price as they all want to give you "good price"). Great restaurants. Lovely cafes. Fishmongers. Street entertainers. Lots of history too, some fascinating buildings. Lovely walk along the sea front and in the evening, a walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Stunning Medina with remarkable cleanliness and organization compared to many other Moroccan cities/towns. This Medina is totally manageable to walk around and not feel overwhelmed by feeling lost at all times. Essaouira is renowned for its woodwork, especially using Argan wood, a type of tree that only grows in this small corner of Morocco. Definitely buy your wooden handicrafts here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This city was the special part of my vacation in Morocco, it was the most fun, lovely and social city out of 8 cities that I visited this year with my wife. We had really delicious food, we listened to some good Gnawa music and we also bought some CDs from there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Best place to buy fresh fish, right outside the Medina. Fish is grilled and brought to your table. You can bargain your price, and never stop at the 1st cafe. Lobster was to die for!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Love the medina in Essaouria, so colourful and some gorgeous little shops selling everything from Moroccan spices to designer clothes with a Moroccan twist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is the beachside resort which just keeps giving. The medina is a maze of interesting shops and stalls selling most amazing items handmade , clothes etc. Just when you think you have discovered it all you find another part. The stallholders here are honest and don't employ the hard sell techniques you may have experienced in Marrakech. Go to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Had a beautiful time during our stay in Village du Garance riad. They had so many special things that added to its being special like the lovely scent bag in the closets to add a special fragrance to the clothes. Also the amount of shampoo and body lotion had a lovely special scent and foam and were of adequate amount.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Medina's of Morocco aren't the cleanest places. I'm amazed at the garbage, filthy drainage, stray cats, beggars and foul odors but charmed by the kindness of the people, colors that allow every photo to be spectacular and quality of the food to say the least. All combined make Morocco a fabulous experience. You're not in Kansas anymore when you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We stayed in a Hotel in the medina for our holiday and really enjoyed it. Unlike Marrakech many merchants are more laid back in Essaouira. Everywhere you look has an amazing doorway or window and each lane has its own character.

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