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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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Nice Medina

There are the tourist shops but there is a vibrant local shopping area. No hassle at all. Lots of wooden produce on offer at very reasonable prices. There is a good range of... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

There are the tourist shops but there is a vibrant local shopping area. No hassle at all. Lots of wooden produce on offer at very reasonable prices. There is a good range of ceramic, raffia, leather, art galleries and textile.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

Very dark at night but it doesn`t feel unafe, it can be complicated but very interesting! The view from the walls to the ocean (from aouside is very impressive.

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Reviewed 26 January 2016

Nice to have a Medina you can walk around with no hassle, as the local shopkeepers are not pushy but you can have friendly banter with them. The fishing port is amazing so busy and noisy.

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

By the sea port of the Medina is a row of "tent type" restaurant stalls serving grilled catch of the day specialties. That day we had a giant crab, 6 large sardines, a 2 1/2 pound sea bass and chips - so, so fresh, juicy and expertly grilled. and all for $10 per person. And the shopping around the maze... More 

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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

The medina is a great place to shop if you're visiting Essaouira or even Marrakech. The vibe is much more laid back and the shopkeepers tend to wait for you to enquire with them rather than herding you into their stores. The prices are more favourable here than in Marrakech and typically sell a lot of the same stuff (woodwork... More 

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Cotonou, Benin
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Not as diversified as the Marrakech medina but at least you do not get lost. I also appreciated the kindness of the people, not pushing too much to sell something.

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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Packed with people with amazingly fresh fish. The boats are all painted in blue as the backdrop and reflect the fantastic color of their clothing.

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San Juan, Philippines
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Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

The faded paints and the old wooden doors make the old medina very picturesque. People are nice and will not harrass you. It is a very beautiful medina.

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Navan, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

The Medina of Essaouira is not so extensive or crowded as that of Marrakech or Fez, but is no less interesting. Far less pressure to buy at the stalls but still much to look at and explore and taste. And walking around, I was impressed with how many small children were happily playing in some of the narrow alleyways. Somehow... More 

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Polmont, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

wonderful combination of the old and the new. Had the most tasty tagine ever on one of the back streets,beautiful shell fish at the harbour and gorgeous cocktails on a roof top bar. I would definitely go back.

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