We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Medina of Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco
Update attraction details
Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Essaouira
Book a Tour

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 »
Write a Review

769 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    400
    311
    46
    8
    4
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Ely, Minnesota
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Our Intrepid Leader took us to the fish market where we could buy fresh caught fish and for a small cost have it prepared right there. It's crowded with locals and a great experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
NSW AUSTRALIA
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
60 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This is such a different world to Marrakeck, so much quieter, very little hassle to buy, lots of places to stop for coffee. Loved the little lanes and liked that they were open aired not closed in like Marrakech. It was quite clean however there were lots of dog droppings, so one had to be careful where walking. We purchased... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cranleigh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Was much less hassled than Marrakech.... very clean town.... much more pleasant.. easier with a guide I think as they guide you round...

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The souks of Essa were delightful to wander around. No one hassled me to buy things, I could browse with ease and it was great after all the hard selling in Marrakech to enjoy shopping again! Prices better too and I got some good bargains.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Interesting to see the essence of Essaouira and a way of life for a lot of people living in the area. Amazing to see so many fishing boats and so many people in the fish market, it is essentially just tables and tables of the same fish though, so it doesn't take long to lose interest. Good opportunity for some... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wales
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Fabulous friendly and lively but without the mania of Marrakech. Everyone has time for chats and tea. Thanks to HSAM most of the street cats and dogs are in good condition and are a picturesque part if the scenery.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is much nicer than the medina at Marrakech, atmospheric but more relaxed, and with shops mixed in with the souk stalls, e.g. a good bookshop with books in English and French, a good pharmacy, varied cafés and restaurants, including 2 in the main square which are not the expensive tourist ones but where the locals go - a small... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beaworthy, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Some places change for the worse others keep their charm. Essaouira does that well. The art scene has actually got even better with some really decent galleries. Visit, enjoy the scene. Bargain for goods, the traders are NOT aggressive in the way you might find in other cities. Bargain sensibly and remember that many artisanal goods would cost much much... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Good points Not as cramped and narrow Cleaner than others Good fish Bad points Can be expensive Men can be overbearing Not as varied as agadir/marrakech.

Was this review helpful? Yes
england
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Essaouira is a fun town to visit with the different souks. Because it is a small town it is more compact. I feel here you get hassled less!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Medina of Essaouira also viewed

Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
 
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
 

Been to Medina of Essaouira? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Medina of Essaouira, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing