Bring your camera, because this is surely one of the most photogenic places you will ever visit. It is a genuine, traditional fishing port, where seamen go forth in large, wooden, hand-crafted vessels. You can actually see them making and repairing these astonishing craft just adjacent to the docks, a real rarity in a world where most new boats are of fibre-glass. There are also dozens of little rowing boats for sailors who don't have the means to venture too far off shore. The white and blue of the boats and the old buildings melds perfectly with the colors of the sea, the flocks of white seagulls, and the town beyond. If you are lucky you will be there when the boats return with their catches. The catches were enormous when we were there, and included an amazing variety of fish. A lot of the catch is sold right there at dockside, in an impromptu auction. In the background you have the ancient walls and ramparts of the town, which adds to the sense of place (and enhances the photographic possibilities). If you want to eat some of the catch, there are a series of small, open air restaurants just outside the port, where you can select your own fish and watch them grill it for you on a charcoal brazier. Don't miss the port when you visit Essaouira.
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