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Essaouira Fishing Port

Medina | El Hadada, Essaouira, Morocco
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Ranked #18 of 59 Activities in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Description: As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major attraction.
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The port and surrounding area is one of the most genuine of ports I have seen, you can buy fresh fish straight off the boats and the ambiance is great, no touristy gimmicksjust real honest fishermen, I always buy from there with confidence, they will even give you advice on how to prepare the fish, go there!

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It's not really a tourist attraction, just a working harbour, with a host of little fishing boats (all blue for some reason) and a few bigger fishing boats (white, with blue on top) being repaired, where it's interesting to watch what's going on. Afterwards you can sit with the locals and have freshly-landed fish for lunch at one of the... More

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a busy working fishing port and there is always something to watch. If you have time walk along the walkway at the top of the sheds and spend a while watching the day unfold. I loved the seagulls and watching the fishermen mend the nets and bait the lines. Remember to visit both sides of the inlet. Don't... More

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Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Went on a day trip from Marrakech- a long ride there and back over bumpy roads. The old port is interesting fishermen a mending nets and boats are being repaired. It is a working fishing port. There are many fish restaurants on the quay all tout for business but all appear to offer the same thing lots a variety if... More

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