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Essaouira Fishing Port

Medina | El Hadada, Essaouira, Morocco
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Ranked #17 of 58 activities in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Description: As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major attraction.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Family of 4 (2 teenagers) enjoyed a day at this beautiful coastal town and busy fishing port. Wonderful colours and atmosphere, winds and light all help recharge jaded tourist batteries.We arranged our tour with Atlas Marba Tours ( No 50 Bis Rue Fatima Zohra Rmila, Marrakech Medina) via Nadia who visited out hotel - Imperial Holiday. PRICE 400 MAD pp... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The French might have built the ramparts of this glorious old port, but the boats and ambience are Moroccan. We visited on a day of tremendous winds, crashing waves and blinding sunshine, and the brilliance of the air somehow seemed to be reflected in the quicksilver restlessness of the fishermen about their business. The lovely shapes of the massed boats,... More

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Charlottetown, PEI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Very colourful, the workers are friendly and the seagulls and cats are plentiful and well fed. Many photo ops of a working port. None of the workers we asked minded our taking photos and we took advantage. Small restaurant at the entrance of the port (Restaurant du Port) with an outdoor eating area, ocean side was excellent - oysters, calamari... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I visited this wonderful old port later in the afternoon as some of the boats were returning with their catch. It is fascinating and a real living experience to see all this....it is every day life, lived as it has been for generations. It is colourful and noisy, and when you have done with the boats, nets being mended and... More

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