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Medina of Essaouira

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Address: Essaouira, Morocco
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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Finally, shopping with no hassles at all :)

Compared to Marrakesh, where every owner calls you and wants you to buy if you just look at an item in a shop, the Essaouira Medina looks very calm. You can do your shopping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Compared to Marrakesh, where every owner calls you and wants you to buy if you just look at an item in a shop, the Essaouira Medina looks very calm. You can do your shopping without being continuously hassled and prices are lower than in Marrakesh. Loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Very relaxed array of main roads with little alleyways to all sides. Filled with all sorts of souvenirs, crafts, food stalls and restaurants, a market hall and hammams. The shop keepers are quite relaxed and not as pushy as in Marrakesh. I liked it a lot!

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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Go to the medina in Essaouira. It is easy to see why it is a world heritage site. The shopkeepers are friendly and not hassly. Great products mostly handmade locally at great prices. Enjoy a mint tea at a pavement cafe. Get a great gelato. Wander happily, it's hard to get lost. All the enjoyment of an exotic Moroccan souk... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The medina in Essaouira is smaller than the one in Marrakech but just as filled with life. There is more of a 'hippy' feel about it, apparently Jimmi Hendrix used to spend time here and while I was visiting we had the chance of experiencing the annual Gnaoua world music festival and that was fantastic. There are neat little restaurants... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

People are very friendly and helpfull, they like the tourists.lots of Nice restaurants,Madada,le Vagabond,etc....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Authentic market to safely browse and people - watch. Lots of local goods and produce at very reasonable prices.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

This very old ancient oriental, african village is famous for his music festival. Lots of famous art and cultural things to see. Fine art with an african touch. Hippies, sport (great kitesurf area) and nice food in the medina.

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Packed with people of all nations and walks of life, as well as locals. Exciting and vibrant atmosphere. Music everywhere, ousing out of the buildings and streets. The poverty was also sadly apparent, with a lot of begging and traders desperately trying to make a sale. The locals were extremely friendly and welcoming though and the place was full of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

essouira has the charm of a small coastal city, with white houses and a long beach that overlooks the atlantic ocean, it also has a small medina where you can shop for daily groceries and souvenirs. try to visit it in the spring time, and avoid public holidays cause the beaches could get a bit crowded (if you're not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The fish village is really beautiful, its Medina is smaller compared to Marrakech's and more quiet, not so chaotic and it's really nice to walk in the narrow streets, I would've loved to spend more time there.

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