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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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Private Tour: Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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What a far cry from the medina in Marrakech. Lovely to be able to amble around 'just looking' rather than a constant battering. Having said that, if you go into there little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

What a far cry from the medina in Marrakech. Lovely to be able to amble around 'just looking' rather than a constant battering. Having said that, if you go into there little shops you have to be quite determined to get out again! Everyone that we met was friendly and helpful. The colours are so different from Marrakech - whites... More 

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Wemeldinge, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My French is VERY limited so the Medina in Essaouira was a pleasure. The average shop keeper speaks above average English and you can have real conversations with people almost everywhere. French or Arabic would of course help, but you can laugh and bargain in English and enjoy yourself. Very little pressure to buy in comparison to other cities and... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

What a great day out with an excellent guide and driver from "Tours from Marrakech". Friends on an aniversary holiday in Marrakech decided on this trip and I am so glad we did. Beautiful city of Essaouria should be on every Moroccan traveler's list. Fresh winds, delicious seafood, beautiful surroundings and a lot of history. A must see.

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Edinburgh
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Laid back, lots to look at, friendly people! So much better than Marrakech which we later found out! Definitely buy anything you want here and not Marrkech. People here are friendly not greedy, quality is far better and great for wandering around!!! Only sorry we didn't have room for a tagine in our luggage....go visit and forget the high prices... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Its a great location but pretty disappointing, most of the shops are selling cheap tourist goods and some of the areas just sell household goods. The medina at Marrakech has alot of artisan areas which are fascinating, not so at Essaouria.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Deserves a detour - quiet and cool. Felt safe. Great food. Stayed at Riad Malaika - highly recommend.

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Smaller than the Medinas in Fez and Marrakech, this is a vey peculiar Medina with lots of wood works and nice paintings. At the end of the day try to see the sunset at the Skala, one of the best views we have had in Morocco.

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Scarborough, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We visited many medinas in Morocco and found the one in Essaouira one of the best. Although small, it was well laid out and easy to navigate without getting lost. There were also a broad range of excellent restaurants at reasonable prices. The asking prices in the shops also seemed more reasonable than the medinas in the big cities.

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Cumbria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lovely busy Medina but not an overwhelming place to be. WE felt perfectly safe at all times whilst out and about no matter what time of day or night it was. Plenty of things to see, buy, experience but not the madness of the Marrakech medina and souk Much preferred Essaouria.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

So much easier and more pleasant than the Marrakesh Median, with just about as much selection. Much more open air, no motorbikes trying to run you over, and the merchants don't try to drag you into their shops. We bought some fine dates and figs and argan oil, all for half the price in Marrakesh. The entire Medina can be... More 

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