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Medina of Essaouira

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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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Beach | Essaouira Beach, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. The port blows hard and the fishermen eviscerate the fish, throwing off the viscera. Air conditioned streets with many craft shops. Particularly notable wood products, such as magic boxes. Many pubs, though often deceive tourists on their...More

11  Thank Yourtripinmorocco
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 September 2012

My family visited four years ago and we loved Essaouira. It was such a contrast with hectic Marrakech, being quiet, laid back, and hassle free. The biggest attraction was that the old town was pedestrian only. It was a great relief to relax in Essaouira...More

6  Thank David E
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This is a relatively small area, within the walled in area of the city. There are some shops to see and narrow alley ways to negotiate. But this is why you come to Morocco.

Thank Howard S
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was an amazing experience and a totally different view of Morocco,, exploring the seaside and the old Portuguese Port..

Thank carmentr2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice stop after a couple of days in Marrakech. Essaouira is low key. It’s Médina is small and easy to get around. Has a lot of products that you see in other markets, but fewer. There are back alleys that you can explore. The nice...More

Thank travelhoundOttawa
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am always amazed when anyone tells me how much they love this place. It's dirty and the medina is very rough with lots of mass produced rubbish. If this was the first place i had visited in Morocco I doubt I would have gone...More

Thank Alison E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. The port blows hard and the fishermen eviscerate the fish, throwing off the viscera. Air conditioned streets with many craft shops. Particularly notable wood products, such as magic boxes. Many pubs, though often deceive tourists on their...More

11  Thank Yourtripinmorocco
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This city is enriched by three religious: Islamic, Jewish & Catholic. The general atmosphere is very peaceful & it’s known by fishing & you can enjoy eating fresh fish or even Fish Tagine. Food was so delicious & Medina was rich with different types of...More

Thank 253ameeraa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This medina is not quite Disney, but is definitely medina-lite. It is more relaxed, much less frantic and less in-your face. I sense fewer bargains, but the food section was very good. Tip - the fish grills by the harbour are expensive, but cheaper to...More

Thank lowryepp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The old town is very nice, full of old ateliers, but also new shops. It was a pleasure to get lost. There are some nice riads, some of them under construction and we saw how the marocans are working. You can eat very well. Alchol...More

Thank 418andreeas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By far a relaxing and differnet experience to marrakesh. Slower paced and much more of a hippy vibe to this seaside town. No hassle from locals at all, browsing the souks more enjoyable as not getting constant badgering to go into them. Lots to cafes...More

Thank Zoe C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice medina. The town has still a traditional feel. Not spoilt by tourism. Not to big. Lively, but not hectic.

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WakeUpDonnie
18 January 2016|
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Response from joy14607 | Reviewed this property |
Forget that its (meknes!) The medina in Essaouira is by the sea walls outside the souk
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Palm-Tree-P
26 August 2015|
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Response from Andres G |
I got round trip for 25 euros with a private van!! Ask you riad person - it’s 2:30- 3 hour ride
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