Medina of Essaouira

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late 18th century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.

Like other Moroccan medinas it contains a labyrinth of narrow alleyways, souvenir shops and a huge market, Souk Jdid.

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