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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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All reviews laid back shop keepers narrow streets no hassle the main square art galleries other cities walk around great shopping fish day trip argan oil for sale mint tea shopkeepers maze souvenirs
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

actually you do not need.more than 1-2 hours to get around and see the interesting places and have a snack somewhere

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 135ie
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After a windy 2hr drive north up the coast from Agadir, passing the awesome goats-in-trees (goats literally climb the argan trees to get the nuts!) we arrived in the seaside city of Essaouira. Being January low season, it was fairly quiet and we were happy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 6 days ago

The medina of Essaouira is a small, charming, blue-white oldtown full of small shops, cafés and ateliers. It's really nice to stroll around and to look for beautiful souvenirs. The quality of the crafts seems higher and better selected than in Marrakech (even if the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank the-travely
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really loved getting lost in this Medina as you couldn't really get too lost as it isn't really that big. It was great wandering around the laneways, seeing beautiful doors and wondering what was behind them. Lots of shops, Amazing Ramparts to wander on and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AdrianT-Perh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very nice old town, of course touristic but aswell with lots of local life. Definitely worth spending several days here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Breizzz
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Medina of Essaouira is small in comparison to that in Fes or Marrakech, but it is fun and much more artsy. The streets are a bit wider and the people more laid back. There are art galleries in addition to the typical shops -...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank YayaShare
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unless you want to make some surf one full day is enough to visit the city. Inside ancient walls there's a beautiful Medina, absolutly more quiet that the Marrakech one. Then, you can go over the blockhouse and have a look at the Ocean.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FedericaV84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Essouira is my favourite Medina in Morocco....it has a wide variety of places to visit ...great art work from local artists ...some very contemporary shops as well ....

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jenniwster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dont go if you dont like fish! This is a beautiful old market in the shadows of the boats. It is highly photogenic but a bit windy in the winter months so dress warm and bring your sunnies! Wonderful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KatieKSmith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit more “modern” Médina in a beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. A timid person wouldn’t feel threatened here.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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|
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Response from andresgL3945OI |
I got round trip for 25 euros with a private van!! Ask you riad person - it’s 2:30- 3 hour ride