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“Bring your camera!”

Essaouira Fishing Port
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$98.11*
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Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
Ranked #4 of 57 things to do in Essaouira
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Owner description: As one of Morocco’s main fishing centers, Essaouira’s port is a major attraction.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

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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Reviewed October 15, 2012

It seems, that my camera liked this place the most in Essaouira! Colorful boats, fat seagulls, busy fishermen, old ramparts, blue sky and ocean breeze - these things make the place. We couldn't help going to the port every day: to see fishermen boats, carpenters at work, fish market, enjoy the sunset or just have a dinner in the night. I believe that port is a must visit place in Essaouira.

Thank Vira K
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This was really interesting, but understand when you are approached by someone starting a conversation that they will show you everything and tell you everything there is to know about the port and the fishermen, that he will expect payment at the end and it is quite difficult to tell them when you've had enough. All down to the experience though and he was very interesting.

Thank Jill K
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Just remember this is a "living" port and men make their living here so it does smell of fish, but just check out what they catch!!! it's amazing, plus photos opps galore with those famous blue boats.

Thank emmacasa
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The port is lovely.There are some bigger boats but the main attraction is the small fishingboats and specially unloading these boats. Go haggle for the fresh fish, coming straight from the fishermen.
Best deal is to go to the medina to get them done. The fish stalls next to the port often show fresh fish but cook some older ones for you, so it is not that good. Also the prices for these stalls are well above average fresh fish prices.

Thank zutzutzut
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