30 Aug '14, 8am

4 World Heritage sites in and around Marrakech

4 World Heritage sites in and around Marrakech

The port city of Essaouria lies a short drive away from Marrakech, and has long played an important role as a vital trading post between Morocco, Europe and the wider world. It reached its peak during the mid 18th century as a vital centre of international commerce, and the Medina that arose in the town during this period reflects the city’s mixed heritage, drawing on traditional North African architectural principles as well as contemporary European military practices. Today, the original Medina remains exceptionally well-preserved and visitors can explore the original maze of alleyways, brimming with market stalls, restaurants and artists, filling Essaouria with its distinctive laidback atmosphere.

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