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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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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

So many nice little shops and restaurants, all in the original setting of the old town. You can spend days on end here and not get bored.

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Many beach side cities/towns have a laid back attitude, perhaps from the soothing sound of the crashing waves, regardless, the Essaouira medina is a small less hectic, pedestrian only version of Marrakech, although everything cost almost twice as much, except the food, the food was well priced everything else could be haggled much lower with less effort in Marrakech. It... More

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Connecticut
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The medina is charming for its architecture and location. The lanes are almost entirely filled with shops and restaurants, however. There is little in the way of history or true local culture to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Essaouira has to be one of my favourite places anywhere! I spent a couple of weeks there in January and liked it so much I went back for another couple of weeks in February. It provided such a wonderful escape from the hellhole of Marrakech! Unlike the grasping, greedy and aggressive vendors that infect the medina in Marrakech, the vendors... More

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Nis, Serbia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
48 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Of all Maroc medinas, this one is my favorite! Unlike other medinas where you always have someone who want to sell you something, here, everyone stand at their workshops. Plus, wood things, especially smallwood boxes are only 10 dh on many !!! Sweaters ( those colorful ones) can be bought for 150 - 200 dh! Food places and restaurants are... More

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Tunbridge Wells
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Everything, 6th visit ! Don't dislike anything except perhaps the musicians could play a wee bit longer for their 'dough' !

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As you venture into the older parts of the souks you are taken back in time. Livestock and fish of all kinds being weighed on original scales and old market slabs. Less frenzied than Marrakesh and stall holders more relaxed. The wood artisans are fantastic and the wooden carved and marquetry boxes are great value.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is beautiful. You may feel nervous because it looks run down, but you are really safe. I felt like I could really understand and appreciate Morocco here unlike in Marrakech.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

In contrast to the Medina in Marrakech the Essaouira Medina is a much friendlier and peaceful shopping experience. The shop keepers are not as aggressive and you can freely browse without being pressured. There are also many good dining experiences to be found amongst the winding alleys.

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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There was very little hassle in the Medina at Essaouira compared to Marrakech. The vendors let you get on with your browsing and are very good natured when you decide you are interested in something.

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