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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, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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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 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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77 helpful votes 77 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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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Loved it! More laid back and relaxing than Marrakech, only 3 hours drive away. Wonderful fish, fresh from the boats. Well worth the visit, spend a few days here if you can.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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

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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