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Review of Medina of Essaouira

Medina of Essaouira
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Private Day Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Essaouira
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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.
Copenhagen, Denmark
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A nice day out”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lovely week in Marrakech”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hopewell, New Jersey
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“Gate 1 Tour to Essaouira”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Gate 1 offered a wonderful day-long excursion to the beachside town of Essaouira, a Portuguese fortification with a bustling fish market, calm medina, and temperate climate. The tour guide provided information in English on the historic significance of the town, and led us through the souk, stopping by shops of interests to travelers. He pointed out a bookstore for me to find a book I'd been looking for and introduced me to the owner, who had lived in New York City. This personal attention to my needs impressed me. He wanted us to enjoy our trip to the fullest. I usually don't take organized tours, but after this 12-day trip with Gate 1 I wouldn't hesitate to book another one.

Visited July 2013
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