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“Fascinating alleyways!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Medina of Essaouira

Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira, Morocco
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Owner description: Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6 persons. You'll get a private & cosy place for you and your travel companions.
Gosport, Hampshire
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“Fascinating alleyways!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Loved walking around the Medina but was upsetting to see so many cats, although they were not treated unkindly by the locals. Also a lot of beggers but enjoyed wandering around the little shops. We both bought lovely leather jackets at great prices (after some haggling)!

Visited July 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Delightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

It is small enough to reach everything by foot, there are plenty of watering holes, and reasonable restaurants, and the possibilities for shopping are endless. In some restaurants you can eat while enjoying the wonderful views of the ocean.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“love the old doors and walking around ancient streets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

the Essaouira medina is a really old medina with loads of history - the Portugeuse then revamped when the Sultan moved in when the Portugeuse moved out - also a long history of Jewish living here so a mix of people groups and cultures.
Some wonderful old doors, door surrounds and windows around the narrow streets - some with old cobblestones still.
Lots of interesting shops and interesting glimpses into the lives of locals that still live here.
Worth a wander or two

Visited May 2013
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium
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“A nice day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

A nice location for a day out. You can leave the car on the parking lot south of the Medina. From there you can visit the harbor, the Ramparts, the Beach and the Medina. Visit the souk on Avenue de l'Istiqlal, the main street through the Medina, and stroll the little streets to the North-West. You can have food on Place Moulay Hassan, or on one of the squares in the heart of the Medina. Where the little streets focus on tourists, the souk on Avenue de l'Istiqlal is still genuine. Overall, the atmosphere is calm and not mainly focused on tourism.

Visited July 2013
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Espinho, Portugal
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“Lovely week in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We took a one day trip to Essaouira and how relaxing that was.
The Essaouira medina is smaller than the Marrakech medina and also less chaotic.
We loved the architecture of the place and all the surroundings.
Much fresher that in Marrakech also (23ºC in Essaouira @ 16:00 and 42ºC in Marrakech @18:00).

Visited July 2013
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