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Medina of Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco
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$50*
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
93%
Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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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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Richmond VA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We purchased most of our "souvenirs" in the souk in the medina. Prices were reasonable (we bargained), and the vendors were courteous and low pressure.

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Casablanca, Morocco
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

i had very happy holiday with my wife in essaouira especially we rent an apartment in the old Medina which it was so real vacation )) the weather is nice all day get's little cold at night sometimes so even if you going in summer be always ready for a surprised rain ))

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Lovely old narrow streets to explore and get lost in. Shopping much cheaper and less pressured than Marrakesh!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Very crowded. You have be aware of pickpockets! An excellent place to go shopping. Buy something to eat on the street, everything is very delicious!

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Stratford on Avon UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

most shopkeepers let you browse !, Fabulous, intriguing, colourful and joyous. Read the online reviews as a lot of the restaurants have similar menus but varying quality.

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Oxted
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We loved the Medina of Essaouira. To be able to walk through all the shopping areas/souks/markets/area of the "tailors" with very little "accosting" was sheer bliss. The goods on offer are basically the same as for Marrakech. Being able to walk around the port, the beach, the ramparts at any hour of the day offered different scenes every time. Absolutely... More

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Enchanting old city, great urban walking tour. We set off with a private guide for a walk through the old quarters at dusk just before the sunset. We walked through the shopping areas and the old part, including the old Jewish quarter. Sunset was on the rampart, with the sun setting over a teal blue sea with magenta clouds. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The reviews we read of this Medina painted a very different picture than the reality we found. We have been to the medinas of Marrakech and Fez and even the fake medinas of Casablanca and Agadir and this was the worst. You often hear people ranting about bad experiences so I will try to keep this fair. The positives are... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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76 reviews 76 reviews
5 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Shame about the beggars and overly aggressive street vendors, but much better than the souks of Marrakesh

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

If yo have tried shopping in Marrakech, then you will appreciate how relaxed this Medina is, no hassles, you can look without getting pounced on and the atmosphere is more relaxed.

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