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Medina of Essaouira

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“laid back”(82 reviews)
“shop keepers”(21 reviews)
“narrow streets”(25 reviews)
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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely Medina - not as crowded as other cities. I felt very safe and was amazed to the better prices

Thank SallyN22
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice low key experience, wide streets, friendly vendors and very clean. We purchased some fresh fish from the market and had a vendor cook it for us - really delicious.We found several spots to view the sunset from roof tops and watch the street performers....More

Thank Shelley C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took a guided tour round the Medina which was good because the guide was informative and knowledgeable and we probably would have missed some areas without, though one can perfectly well wander round alone. The Sqala is a lovely little street, but there are streets...More

Thank Marion M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Essaourira is very different than Merrakesh. The median here is much more low key and so are the shop keepers. Pleasant to walk around and shop.

Thank WanderLSP
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you want to experience a great Medina with plenty of great shops and great food then here it is, a complete delight and can’t wait to go back:)

Thank Fgermilli
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Essaouira Medina is perfect for a ballad. Streets are narrow and clean, Building are being repaired yet authentic and charming, Gathering plenty of shops for clothing, bags, jewellery, food and spices, couple of tourism agencies, as well as many cafe, bar and restaurant from budget...More

Thank Esther M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Life goes by slowly at this place (great way to escape the Marrakech madness). I stayed here two nights. The place was built in the 18th century. Lots of art, sea breeze, fishermen and well fed cats. The Portuguese influence cannot be denied.

Thank Enrique W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The medina in Essaouria is much more relaxing than in Marrakech. It also has lots of interesting products from artists and such like. Stunning colours, locals seem friendly not as pushy as other medina stall holders. I would recommend this place for a break from...More

Thank Pioneer482063
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit I feel instantly relaxed when I enter this lovely old island love it. Can’t wait to come!

Thank Habiba33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This area has historical sites and is also a port. Loads of blue fishing boats are significant to identify that they re Moroccan. You can walk though the area, not be hassled and enjoy the sites.

Thank leslieville1
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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
26 August 2015|
Response from LALAlyla |
It's about 2 hours from Marrakesh, costs about 1000 Dhs for private car. Ours was easily arranged by our Dar (small hotel).