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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Brilliant, the fish market is unique!! Very good walk during the night, full or restaurants with local food.

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ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Loved just walking around. Very beautiful. All the side streets have a charm to them. Lots of nice places to eat

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london Uk
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My mum says that Essaouira is like marmite - you love it or hate it and I love it. The kindness of the people,the excellent shopping - silver,ceramics,fabrics and leather, the seagulls, the endless small scenes to observe and remember. You need to find a nice place to stay and there are many to be had. I like to start... More

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Denver, Colorado
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Much more laid back experience than in Marrakech, expect little to no haggling here and WAY better prices. Artists abound, lots of the normal gifts as well, djalabas, etc. Not a huge soap market though, the humidity makes it hard to dry. Look for local artist Younis, he paints using a toothpick - I've never seen any art like it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Stroll the tiny streets of the Medina and take in the relaxed atmosphere. The overriding colours are white and blue, and the city is absolutely gorgeous. You can get some great shopping done here at a more laid back pace than in the larger cities. Don't forget to bargain!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

No wonder it is on the UNESCO Word Heritage list. This Medina is great for a evening walks and day shopping. Lovely small streets with a hidden germs (restaurants, cafes and riads) attached to the lively port (worth trying the grilled sea food and fish from the stalls nearby). In my opinion this Medina is much better than Marrakesh one.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

venders are calm and don't bother too much. Prices more expensive than in Casablanca or Marrakech - so work on your bargaining skills

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Rotselaar, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It's a lovely medina: beautiful, clean, friendly people, and the shopkeepers are not annoyingly insistent. And if you want to see something that confirms your ideas of what arabic bazaars look like you visit the souq. It's worth seeing also :-)

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

As we neared the end of our journey through Morocco, it seemed fitting that the last medina we explored was the medina of Essaouira with its laid back atmosphere. While there was some negotiation with prices in the souks, there was no hard sell and you quickly arrived at the “final price.” Unlike Fes, Rissani, Meknes or Marrakech, the souk... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Not too much hassling. Mix of bartering and fixed price. Some good cafés and restaurants. Not like Marrakech where souks are dark and enclosed

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