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Medina of Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco
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Ranked #2 of 19 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the Medina, It was very low key hassle compared to Marrakesh, the stray cats seemed well tolerated and one was not afraid to stop and look at the products for sale.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Couldn't believe it no harassment at all. Everyone and there brother trying to sell me hash but I can deal with that easily. Walked around for about an hour no winding streets to get lost on just a nice afternoon. Selling the same thing as everyone else of course

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Margate, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Lots of bargains to be had after a little haggling, good range of pottery, carpets leather goods.Bit smelly but that is to be expected!

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Ireland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great opportunity to see a medina. There are the tourist shops but there is a vibrant local shopping area. No hassle at all. Lots of wooden produce on offer at very reasonable prices. There is a good range of ceramic, raffia, leather, art galleries and textile.

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Llwyngwril, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Medina was far easier to negotiate than Marrakesh. Good to look at all the shops in the Souk including the fruit and vegetables. Nice little cafes in the square in the shade to break up the sightseeing. Take a map

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The big thing, for most visitors, is that it's is absolutely nothing like Marrakech. It's much, much more relaxed, you don't get hassled all the time, you can see the sky and find your way about, the people are friendly and it's generally a thoroughly pleasant experience. Sit down for a cup of tea if you want, then stroll on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As usual getting hassled to buy things and followed down the street can be a pain. However it is less of a problem hear than Marrakesh and it is more scenic having the ocean views and sunsets.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I really liked the Medina because it was not like Agadir or Marrakesh. The Markets and Shops are for tourists as well as locals and they seling people dont hassle you as much :) I really enjoyed just strolling around, usually turning away from the tourists in the more quiet areas. On the main streets you can buy mainly crafts... More

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Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Interesting goods with low pressure vendors. Really pleasant place to gawk and shop. Pleasant afternoon at least.

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Guadiaro, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Probably one of the cleanest and best Medinas that we saw in Morocco. Buildings did not appear to be maintained as one would expect for such an historic area. Choices for eating and purchases quite good.

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