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Essaouira Fishing Port

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Address: Medina | El Hadada, Essaouira, Morocco
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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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What an amazing carnival of colour

Essaouira fishing port has to be visited just when the mornings catch is arriving. It is then a sea of colour and activity. Landing all sorts of unusual fish, the ice vans arrive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
alastair c
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weymouth
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weymouth
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Essaouira fishing port has to be visited just when the mornings catch is arriving. It is then a sea of colour and activity. Landing all sorts of unusual fish, the ice vans arrive and the fish is divided up to go to the local restaurants and fish sellers. Although it looks chaotic it all works like clockwork and is an... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent an afternoon roaming around the area, visited the nearby old fort like building, chatted with friendly locals. There are numerous small places to eat catch of the day, which was fun. Everything from the ocean is on display, choose whatever fancies you, pay for it by weight and they will grill it while you enjoy your mint tea.

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Thank BinnyNM
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived here at midday and we watched as the local fishermen were coming in from a fishing trip and Clearing out their boats.

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Thank Ryan M
Brightlingsea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love to see a bit of local life, this is a must. The boats aare all wooden made in an age old style, people haggling over all sorts of fish, sharks, eels, you name it. It's a bit on the smelly side, and if you don't get a seagull poop on you then you'll be lucky. But it... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and well worth a lazy wander. that's about it really. Found friendly locals happy to chat about their work.

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Thank theoneandonlyjohn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting trip through the port in the latr afternoon, as the catches if the day were being sold in bulk and from small traders with barrows. A vast selecrion of fish of all kinds including a five foot shark and numerous shell fish. A nice interesting walk

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Thank Bob V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best time to visit is in the morning when the catch is fresh and the market is busy. The smell of fish is overpowering, but well worth suffering. Head here to pick up fresh fish on the cheap and take to one of the nearby local stalls who will cook it for you. If you are prepared to pay... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, you can go for the "tourist-trap" in the fancy Fishplaces. But half the time the fish is not from Essaouira but from China :) and it's not the fish you think it is.... And tooooo expensive. Walk through the rough part of the harbour, where the kneeled women sell fish of their husbands. i can't promiss it's fresh (look... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please go and see how they bring the fishing while u eat one of the best fish on earth! Be careful not to be cheated with prices! Ask in several 'shops' for prices before buying anything! (as always in Maroc)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a bustling and yet beautiful working fishing port. amazing colours and lighting. no designer boats here.

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