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Essaouira, Marrakech-Essaouira,


  One-off feature  
  Whether relaxing in the tranquil second floor salon, the traditional Moroccan sitting room, or soaking up the sunshine on the roof terrace with sea views, this riad in Morocco is the perfect base from which you can explore the wonders on offer in this 18th century fishing village, or relax after a day on the beach.  
  Property Info  
  Accommodation Type: Riad  
  Property Setting: Near the Sea / Beachfront  
  Holiday Type: Relaxing / Family / Sports & activity / Culture  
  Bedrooms: 3  
  Guests: 8  
  Catering: self-catering  
  General Info  
  Darsal is a beautifully restored riad in Morocco offering peace and tranquillity in the heart of the vibrant, exciting old Medina and just a few minutes walk from the beach. The riad is relaxing and spacious and has everything you need for a wonderful holiday. Noureddine our friend and agent will meet you on your arrival in Essaouira and take you and your luggage to the riad. He is available to assist you during your stay, he can arrange a tour of the medina, and advise you on other activities available. Aieda our friendly and helpful maid comes in daily. She can provide a wonderful breakfast or Moroccan evening meal and will be happy to take you on a shopping trip to the souks, or to the hamman.  
  Details on the area surrounding the property/accommodation  
  Essaouira is a charming ancient Medina (walled town) on the Atlantic coast. It has a relaxed and cosmopolitan feel and benefits from blue skies and a long sandy beach. The town itself is a labyrinth of alleyways which lead to the many souks, craft shops and small art galleries. It’s an easy walk to the square with its many cafes, the Portuguese ramparts and the small working fishing port. There are many restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. The beach in front of the town has sunbathing facilities and cafes. You can rent equipment and have tuition for windsurfing, kite surfing, body boarding and wind beach buggies. Further on the beach becomes quieter. There is also quad bike hire and horse riding available and you can use the swimming pool at some of the local hotels for a daily charge. There are Hammans and tennis courts in the new town.  
  Getting there & away/local amenities  
  Getting There: Fly to Marrakech or Agadir to get to this riad in Morocco. If flying from the UK, flights are available from EASYJET, Ryanair, Thompsonfly. We can arrange a taxi, or you can take a bus to Essaouira. If we arrange a tax it takes about 2.5 hours from Marrakech (or 3 hours from Agadir) and will cost approximately £40. There is also a good bus service from Marrakech 'Supratours' Cost 60 dirhams (approx £4).  
  Nearest airports: Marrakech 180km  
  Nearest train station: Marrakech 160km  
  Nearest ferry terminal: Agadir 180km  
  Car Hire: Optional  
  Nearest restaurant: Lots within walking distance  
  Nearest beach: 300m  
  More info Enquiry info
  Name Sally Cartwright
  Contact Phone No. +447736417143
  Accommodation details
  Activities Nearby Beach within 30km / Beach within walking distance / Horse Riding / Tennis / Walking / Watersports  
  Interior Facilities CD Player / Cot / Highchair / DVD player / Linen provided / Log Fire / Maid Service / Television / Washing Machine  
  Interior Details On the ground floor is a peaceful courtyard with fountain around which there is living/dining area with open log fire, a fully equipped kitchen and a laundry room. The first floor is home to a large tranquil bedroom with french windows overlooking the courtyard and a spacious en-suite, as well as a second ensuite bedroom with double bed and mezzanine with further double bed. The second floor has a large salon and dining area with open arches overlooking the courtyard and arches through to the Moroccan sitting area. The salon has an open fire, TV, DVD and opens onto a further fully equipped kitchen. There are two sofas in the Moroccan salon that can be made up as two single beds. On the terrace there is a delightful sunny terrace room which has a double bedroom and shower room.  
  Exterior Facilities Balcony / Garden Furniture / Terrace  
  Exterior Details The main living and dining area is situated around an open courtyard with a fountain. Your private terrace has sun beds, patio table and chairs, and is an ideal place for relaxing, soaking up the sun or having a glass of wine and al fresco dining. There is a further rooftop terrace with views of the Medina and the sea.  
  Further Details It is an exciting place to explore and has a warm, friendly and hassle free atmosphere; children enjoy exploring the many streets with the brightly coloured shops and craftsmen working outside their shops and daily life passing by. The climate is temperate year round and rarely gets above the mid 30’s. The streets are free from cars and mopeds and everything is in walking distance, the port, the ramparts, the square and all the souks and craft shops.  
  Conditions of
10% reduction for late bookings (2 weeks or less prior to arrival). Reductions for stays of more than 1 week . Non refundable deposit of 25% of total rental to secure booking. Breakages deposit £50 to be paid with balance. Minimum rental period 3 days. Breakfast and evening meals available on request. Maid service included in price.  
  Other Information Child Friendly / Cook available / Sea View / Short breaks available  
  What visitors have said about Darsal
Thank you for a brilliant holiday! The riad was a beautiful place to stay with wonderful Moroccan features and style but with all the mod cons you need. We loved being up on the sun deck. Being inside the medina was a real advantage as we felt right in the heart of the culture. Having Nourredine at hand was also particularly useful as he showed us around and filled us in on the best places to go. Essaouira has something for every one with its beach, port and wonderful old town. It has a friendly cafe culture and a large variety of great places and ways to eat out. We will definately be returning one day!
Harv,  Leicestershire, UK 

Riad Darsal puts you in the real Essaouira in a fantastic location. It is real fun walking around the narow streets where local craftsmen work in the tiny shops. The riad is very well equipped and comfortable. Aida looks after you and is an excellent cook. Fouad is a great guy and went out of his way to help us. Taking us to the Argon Oil cooperative, getting us wine from the only shop in town and arranged for a local lady to prepare us a pastille which is highly recommended.
Chris,  Cornwall, UK 

Thank you, we all had a fantastic time in Essaouira- everyone was very friendly, we were really quite sad to leave. We really fell in love with the place, and intend to return Oct '08. Aeida is a wonderful person, she helped make our stay very special indeed. Your house is lovely, we particulary loved the terrace, and truly enjoyed our stay there. Once again, thank you very much.
K Williams,  UK 

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