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Essaouira Fishing Port

Address: Medina | El Hadada, Essaouira, Morocco
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
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Ranked #17 of 67 Activities in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Adventure
Owner description: As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major...
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Adventure
Owner description: As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major attraction.
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Once a common picture in the coastal areas, you won't see this much in Europe anymore: a real fishermen port, full of boats big and small. It is not a theme park meant for tourists, although you'll probably see quite a few any day of the week. It has its specific smells, its share of filth, you'll hardly hear your... More 

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Marrakech, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I enjoy watching people doing their activies in the fishing port of Essaouira, as i do buy fresh sea food from here, from Locals and helping women who sell it there trying to make a living what an interesting fishing port, overwhelming by so many people there walking around, But i like it though.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Got the impression that life had not changed much here in the last 100 years. Busy small port full of life and activity in a beautiful setting.

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England
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Yes smelly, lost of gulls but you really get the feel of how people make a living. Plenty of boats coming in with fish, all types of fish being sold and boats/ nets being repaired.

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

As a New England gal, I felt right at home at this fish market. We had a great lunch down on the pier and enjoyed all the local 'flavor'. Some of the locals were super friendly and welcoming, while others screamed obscenities at people walking by..... welcome to Morocco! All in all, if you are in Essouria, you definitely need... More 

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Worth a look just for the fan photo opportunities. Beware of being pooped on by seagulls! And the other draw back is the smell at times. Lots to see and there's even some lovely restaurants there. The summer you will find the local boys doing daring jumps into the sea from the port which is quite a spectacle.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My wife and I were amazed at the variety and quantity of fish—snapper, stingrays, giant crabs, lobsters, eels and other seafare that were being sold and auctioned at the port in Essaouira. This was a very popular area with people as well as with the seagulls and cats; don’t worry, this fresh seafood is caught and sold quickly and will... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great place for exploration. You can see whole port filled whit blue boats. It's amazing. You can buy fresh fish and seafood.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is not an attraction as such but it is definitely worth a visit if you want to see some real life Morocco. It is a busy working fishing port and it is great to see the locals mending, selling, gutting fish, buying all sorts of seafood the speciality being sardines. You can barter for the seafood and then agree... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Never. If you can't stand the smell on a hot summer's afternoon, do not go. You'll miss all the action of the fish market and the men repairing nets and the boats coming in surrounded by seagulls. Great views back over to the beach and medina!

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