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Medina of Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
Traveler Description: The Medina of Essaouira (formerly "Mogador") is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed city, as an example of a late-18th century fortified town, as... more »
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Belgrade, Serbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Of all Maroc medinas, this one is my favorite! Unlike other medinas where you always have someone who want to sell you something, here, everyone stand at their workshops. Plus, wood things, especially smallwood boxes are only 10 dh on many !!! Sweaters ( those colorful ones) can be bought for 150 - 200 dh! Food places and restaurants are... More

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Tunbridge Wells
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Everything, 6th visit ! Don't dislike anything except perhaps the musicians could play a wee bit longer for their 'dough' !

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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

As you venture into the older parts of the souks you are taken back in time. Livestock and fish of all kinds being weighed on original scales and old market slabs. Less frenzied than Marrakesh and stall holders more relaxed. The wood artisans are fantastic and the wooden carved and marquetry boxes are great value.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is beautiful. You may feel nervous because it looks run down, but you are really safe. I felt like I could really understand and appreciate Morocco here unlike in Marrakech.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

In contrast to the Medina in Marrakech the Essaouira Medina is a much friendlier and peaceful shopping experience. The shop keepers are not as aggressive and you can freely browse without being pressured. There are also many good dining experiences to be found amongst the winding alleys.

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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There was very little hassle in the Medina at Essaouira compared to Marrakech. The vendors let you get on with your browsing and are very good natured when you decide you are interested in something.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I visited the Medina everyday of our holiday and every day we discovered something new. The criss-cross of alleyways means you are constantly discovering new stalls, galleries, souks and cafes. The bartering with stall holders is great fun and you will always find the same item cheaper later on which makes you want to hone your bartering skills. The stallholders... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

this medina takes you back 500 years in the past, with small roads, and little artesian shops a the side of the roads, there are traveling nomads who come and sell there stuff, and go back when the ramadan begins, at the top of the wall you can see an amazing view of the beach and a gorgeous sunset if... More

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Girona, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It has a lot of interesting souvenirs, herbs, products made of leather, silver, wood, at a good price if you know how to haggle. I wouldn't recommend going to the souk ( the poorest part of the market ).

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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Enjoyed this Medina with the wider streets, though there were lanes, and the general cleanliness of the place. I felt safe walking around here. Good range of merchandise with the usual bargaining for items. It was fun. For a different Moroccan experience arrange a tour of the Medina in Fez.

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