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Medina of Essaouira

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Address: | Essaouira Beach, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

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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Very nice medina

The medina is small and easy to get around. It is dirty but I suppose that is to be expected. Very nice people here.

Reviewed 18 March 2016
Declan D
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64 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

The medina is small and easy to get around. It is dirty but I suppose that is to be expected. Very nice people here.

Thank Declan D
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

On the plus side it is filled with lovely shops and good restaurants. Because it is relatively small and has some major cross streets it is fairly easy to navigate. On the other hand, there is a lot of trash and torn open bags of garbage around as well as more beggars than I have seen elsewhere. Cats rule here,... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

The medina here is much smaller and friendlier than the one in Marrakech. Far less pressure to buy and no touts insisting on showing you the way and demanding exorbitant tips

Thank ninianom
Barcelona, Spain
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

The people did not look at you, they are at his bussines, very relaxed to walk around with no problems

1 Thank Parejaconbotas
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016

I love this Medina. Have visited here a few times and always find it relaxing and calm as opposed to Marrakech Medina. The locals are very friendly and not intrusive. You can walk through all the back alleys the medina has to offer safely. There are some great restaurants, shops and bakeries. A perfect introduction to Moroccon Medinas.

1 Thank IanandShen
Bedford, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

This medina is smaller than the one in Marrakech but much better in my view for shopping and food. Not all the restaurants sell alcohol (in fact the ones with better food seem not to!) but there is plenty of choice. It's a friendly place to walk around and the vendors are much less aggressive than Marrakech. The streets and... More 

1 Thank Polly-from-Beds
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

The Souks here were much more accessible and on most occasions you were able to browse the wares without being hassled by the vendor.

1 Thank Angela C
gold coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Busy and tantalising are two words to describe this medina, loads of shopping and restaurants. Essaouira is a great place to spend a few days unwinding by the beach. And a must is the medina a lot smaller than Fez and easier to find your way around.

1 Thank aries2461
Rochester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

Well worth spending a couple of days wandering around it. You can see the local products being expertly woven or carved in the back streets. The people are laid back and friendly and it is very safe for western women wandering alone. Local men will chat to you but in general are not inappropriate or pushy when selling.

1 Thank Kellie B
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Reviewed 9 March 2016 via mobile

Essaouira is a great city. People are so nice. Today, I make a lot photos here. Beautiful blue and white colors made my day.

1 Thank rentacarinmontenegro

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