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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 owners narrow streets no hassle the main square other cities walk around great shopping art galleries fish day trip argan oil mint tea shopkeepers maze souvenirs tourists
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Medina of Essaouira is very easy to navigate compared to other Moroccan Medinas but with just as much to offer. There is an abundance of history, shops of every kind, all sorts of restaurants and shops. Everything about it was wonderful. Many of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank courtneye136
Reviewed 4 days ago

We love this Medina - its so nice to roam around all day. Seagulls and fresh seafood, great chill out vibes and happy people with good vibes. Music is awesome in Essaouira. We love Gnawa.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chanelevans
Reviewed 6 days ago

I really loved wandering around the Medina of this City. There are shops, art galleries and good restaurants around every corner. The shops along the ramparts (former artillery stores) are especially good. There are several gates (Babs) that you can enter and exit. Just have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After having visited a number of Medina's around Morocco, this one was a delight. The sellers are not so pushy and are more relaxed. Good prices if you like to haggle with a smile and good quality selection.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 399michaelh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was much less stressful shopping in Essaouira because the merchants are happy to let you look without jumping on you. Also the roads are much wider and pace of life is slower, more relaxed. Having just visited the medinas of Fez and Marrachech, this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank teresal747
Reviewed 1 week ago

A calmer, cleaner and less-crazy version of the souks in Marrakech. Wider walkways, no mopeds and non-aggressive sellers make it less intimidating but a less adventurous experience. For some people, this will be ideal. For me, I preferred the Marrakech experience...

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Z2314YRrichardl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Essaouira for a few days after spending some time in Marrakesh and the difference is huge! Essaouira is way more relaxed, friendly and safe. The architecture is beautiful and the street layout is much easier to handle. There aren't as many people...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stormwave_audio
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to walk around the narrow paths and alleyways passing by scores of shops selling jewelry, textiles, leather goods, clothing and more. A mixture of quaint restaurants and coffee cafes. Fun to get lost for a moment or two but easy to find your way...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This town was my favourite in whole of Morocco. Shopping was fascinating, calm and with wide variety of shops. We found prices cheaper than others and loved the antique shops. If you can find Zawal at his antique shop filled with stunning Berber silver and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rain stopped when we finish our lunch near the port and going to have a walk at the Medina. We like shopping here than Marrakech because so much lesser tourists, and more variety, less touting and greater margin for negotiation!

Date of experience: November 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