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Address: Medina | El Hadada, Essaouira, Morocco
Description: As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major...
As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major attraction.
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Went a few times during our stay in Essaouira! Proper old fashioned harbour with fishermen and women selling their wares straight off the boats! Plenty of cats wandering around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Edinburgh
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Went a few times during our stay in Essaouira! Proper old fashioned harbour with fishermen and women selling their wares straight off the boats! Plenty of cats wandering around but all well looked after and not stealing! Gulls were another matter and locals all had a bat or piece of wood ready to bat them away from their wares! Enjoyed... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Its a large commercial fishing port which some low quality market food stalls. There are no bars or decent restaurants. It could be good but needs alot of development to become a good tourist area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Tons of seagulls and yes, it does smell a bit, However, the scenery is totally worth it. BRIGHT signature blue captures your eyes and heart.

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Nice setting, full of seagulls, fishing boats and related thing. It is worth a visit specially at the end of the day when the light make nice shadows.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the atmosphere was authentic and great choice of fresh fish but did not like the constant hassle from sellers

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Shillington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Be warned it's all a bit whiffy but this is a working fishing port. There were kids doing amazing dives into the sea in the port, real daredevils, amongst the flotsam of fish heads !! Great opportunity for getting a photo of the bright blue fishing boats and fab sunsets.

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Scarborough, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The fishing port in Essaouria is old but functional and used by local fishermen to bring in big catches of seafood that are sold in nearby markets and fish stalls the will grill the fish you pick out. There also are a few seafood restaurants right on the pier.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The port is a visit in itself, with all its colors, smells and live. But you can also enjoy some XV century fortification works and lovely views to the old Mogador city (now Essaouira).

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Strafford, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We did not get to see the boats come in (They were all in when we got there) but this is a working port with large and small boats. The larger boats of ~70' go out for 5 days. The smaller boats are for harbor fishing. These are 100% wooden ships, and several were being built right there, and more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I think this was the first thing we did on our three-night stay in Essaouira. The seas outside the harbour wall were very rough when we visited and not many boats had been able to put out to sea for fishing. All the fishermen were taking the opportunity to mend their nets, and were happy to pose for photos. It... More 

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