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“Friendly, casual, seaside atmosphere...”

Medina of Essaouira
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Full-Day Tour From Marrakech to Essaouira
Ranked #3 of 60 things to do in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Not as chaotic or narrow as the medinas of Marrakech or Fes, the vibe of Essaouira's old city reflects its casual oceanfront locale. Plenty of little eateries (some terrible, some gems), loads of market stalls selling anything from knitted sweaters to crafted metal work, trinkets, and fish markets. Within impressive city walls, make sure you spend some time getting away from the major shopping alleys to visit the broken, dusty, forgotten areas too. It's like someone took a Greek fishing village, picked it up, shook it around, and put in down on the Moroccan coast. It's fun, beautiful, broken, dusty, and in need of love. But that's its charm.

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"laid back"
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"less hassle"
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"narrow streets"
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"other cities"
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"the main square"
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"art galleries"
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"walk around"
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"great shopping"
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"fish"
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"day trip"
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"argan oil"
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Great friendly Médina lots of stalls and little shops as well as all sorts of cafes and restaurants be prepared to haggle hard and if necessary walk away by the time you have counted to 10 they will come after you if you’re near the right price

Thank MADMANX
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Unfortunately the day we went it seemed most of the annual rainfall for the area decided to deposit itself'
I can imagine that when the sun is out it would be a beautiful place to spent lots of time.
We wandered the town and then into the market area where it was pleasant to wander and not to be hassled by stall / shop owners.
The wood carving and items for sale were not particularly expensive and of course haggling is a must.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink (coffee or mint tea etc)
Shame it was wet when we went but I would recommend a visit if you are in the area

Thank Spitfire1965
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Medina was a nice place for shopping and no-one really bugs you like in most asian countries... lots of cafe's and restaurants .

Thank Taz B
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A short walk from the Medina is the wonderful beach and interesting fishing port. Find Abdullah and he will give you the history of the place for a few Dirams.! (cant spell it)

Thank Valerie W
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