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Medina of Essaouira

Address: Essaouira, Morocco
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6...
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Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Other, Sights & Landmarks
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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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Pedestrian medina is historically very interesting, has a great choice of restaurants and bars and good shopping facilities

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Nis, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

It is small, but nobody force you to buy anything....If you travel to several cities in Morocco, I suggest shopping here. Especially wooden hand made boxes, perfect for gifts for only one euro!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Just 3 hours drive west from the crazy and chaotic Marrakesh, there is the charming picturesque town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. With its white and blue colours adorning the building on the narrow alleys, it has this aura of antiquity and history. The main feature is the fishing port where seagulls hover above the shore like a swarms... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The medina is not very big, which makes it easy to navigate. There is a lovely mix of tourist and local shops, with a generous smattering of terrific restaurants and cafes to suit all budgets. Essaouira's medina is very laid back compared to Marrakech.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Essaouira is so lovely and was our travel destination. The Medina is just the perfect size, not closely as big as Fez of Marrakesch. Really calm, with small places and cafes, nice shops and beautiful buildings. We will come back probably this year.

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Williams Lake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Essaouira is a nice change from the craziness of Marrakech's medina. Merchants are way less pushy here and one can actually look at wares without being hounded. This is the place to buy argan oil. We bought from a co-operative located in an impossible-to-find side street; where women were sitting on the floor making the oil, with pricing about 1/2... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Loved this Medina and Souks - so relaxed and gentle compared to Marrakech - and great value! Do yourself a favour and visit. Also quaintly situated close to the beach.

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

So much calmer and relaxed than Marrakech! We really enjoyed spending many afternoons strolling the Medinia as you do not receive the "hard sell" tactics found elsewhere. Recommended!

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Ljubljana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Medina in Essaouira is small and easy to navigate (not like Marrakech). There are many nice art galleries, which I liked. Not too much crowd (in early December) and people are not as aggressive and pushy as in Marrakech.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Beautiful place to spend a few days wandering the alleyways and lanes, perusing the shops and streets. Lots of cafes to sit in and watch life pass by, both tourist life and local Moroccan life. Plenty of restaurants for good food and plenty of sights to wander in between, from the ramparts to the port, to the shops, to the... More 

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