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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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London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

magical place. incredible light that combined with the white walls of the houses and blue of the ocean and the sky, with a glow of light mist, make it really special. much more relaxed than Marrakech. also, more local tourists than foreigners. the restaurants on top of the townhouses have breathtaking views making up for the climb- just mind the... More

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ramsbury
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Typical Morrocco, a bit scruffy, hap hazzard and chaotic, but that was it's charm. You do not get hassled like you do in Marrakech, it was also smaller and easier to find your way around.

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West Chester
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Medina of Essaouira is colorful and complicated as I mentioned on the title... I loved to get lost on the streets, taking pictures (don't take the pictures of local people without permission, it can cause problems!), stop for a coffe or mint tea, and walk again. (for mint tea, ask it sugar beside it, or it' s too sweet!!) And... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The shop owners are much more chilled than Marrakech, you get a chance to look before you buy, you still have to barter but it is manageable here. Not as much choice as Marrakech more traditional. Smaller area to look around.

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Dublin, Ireland
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21 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you're not completely charmed, captivated and energised by the Medina in Essaouira, you may have to check yourself for a pulse. Endlessly fascinating, from the bustling mayhem of the main souks and shopping areas to quiet side alleys and pretty cafés and restaurants. This is not a sanitised and tidied up tourist package - it has it's rough edges... More

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New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It's an okay Medina, this was the last place I visited in Morocco and trust me when I say, don't go out of your way to visit. It's a boring one and the men here seen way more aggressive than at any other Medina. I was staying for three days near this Medina. Day one I walked in and got... More

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Just walking down the street was a great great great experience.. living in hotel a bit far from the downtown (The Port area).. 15 minutes walk by the ocean shore everyday minimum twice was a great opportunity to rethink about a lot of things.. discover a lot inside.. and rebuild a relation which seemed to have a lot of troubles..Essaoura... More

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Okay but not as big as main marrekesh el fahina?? Lovely for relaxation,sofitel excellent choice ,people sooo friendly

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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132 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We took a day trip to this beautiful seaside village from Marrakez. Well worth the trip to see thie habour the wall section and a great medina

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

i really liked the medina for the history and the buildings,the shops and the art,but i did not like so much the restaurants because i went to eat the fresh fish but it is much better in italy also how they clean the fish ,i grew up on the sea site.and my little son did not like the food a... More

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