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Medina of Essaouira

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Address: | Essaouira Beach, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6 persons....

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.

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Private Day Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech
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Chill out time

We spent a wonderful day in Essaouria on our way to Marrakech. It is so charming and laid back just wandering around the shops without too much hassle at all was delightful. So... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2015
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Worcs
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Reviewed May 3, 2015

We spent a wonderful day in Essaouria on our way to Marrakech. It is so charming and laid back just wandering around the shops without too much hassle at all was delightful. So much to see and do and the colours are spectacular do take a camera. Lots of places to sit and relax with a freshly squeezed orange juice.... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2015

We like to visit Essaouira about every two years. Doing business in Morocco means visiting Fes and Marrakech at least once a year and "Essa" is a great place to chillout. Much quieter and a pleasant place to have some down time. Essa is growing and getting better year by year. Can be windy but this year barely a breath... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2015

You can spend hours wandering the medina, although it's very compact, with lots of tiny narrow streets, some lined with shops. As you'd expect, there's lots of pressure to buy from shopkeepers keen for your business, but it's less aggressive than I'd anticipated. Great potential for photographs due to the colours - both the wares on offer and, surprisingly, the... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 30, 2015

We were in Marrakech and decided on a day trip to Essaouira, having heard wonderful things about it. A typical seaside medina city, with as much shopping as the souks in Marrakech but for better prices. We took a coach from the train station in Marrakech (supratours) for 17 EUR / 170 DH return, leaving at 08:30 and return at... More 

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2015

What a gorgeous place! I had never heard of it before I arrived. WELL worth the visit. Coastline is rugged and romantic, Kasbahs and cannons overlook the ocean. Fishing boats glide into the harbour surrounded by seagulls. Gorgeous clean ocean air. The medina is clean, a little more "touristy" looking (but that definitely isn't off putting). the prices are a... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed April 29, 2015

I love Essaouira; the savage beauty of the coastline, the wide, sandy beaches and possibly most of all, the relaxed atmosphere in the medina. Perhaps because Essaouira is essentially a tourist destination and tourism has been fairly consistent over the years, the shopkeepers and peddlers do not push as hard as they do in Marrakech for example. There is a... More 

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Craiova, Romania
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Reviewed April 28, 2015

Souks and medinas are not exactly what an European is used to deal with. They can be very intimidating, with all that narrow alleys and streets and stalls, with someone always trying to sell you something. This medina is a small and tranquil version of the Marrakech one. It's a good starting point to understand Morocco and it's a good... More 

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Thank catalin s
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2015

We loved mingling with the locals as they were buying their vegetables/fruits. The dates and dried figs were the best we had in Morocco, we bought 2 kg of each. We could walk at leisure and the vendors do not bother you. Our accommodation was inside the medina and we saw the city workers regularly cleaning the streets in the... More 

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Thank Eve C
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2015

Unlike many places in the world Moroccans don't pester you to buy their stuff. They simply want to say hello. so the admirable thing to do is have a chat with people not blank them.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 26, 2015

Went on day trip to Essaouira and did walking tour of Medina. Smaller than that at Marrakech but the traders do not hassle you at all and the prices are much cheaper especially the wooden items which we found to be of excellant quality, well worth the visit

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