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“don't miss this interesting old port”

Essaouira Fishing Port
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$103.27*
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Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech
Ranked #5 of 59 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 November 8, 2012

Picturesque and steeped in history, don't miss this old port with the colourful boats that still seems to function much as it has for centuries.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Looking for a place to get some awesome photos? Get directions down to the fishing port, or just start walking, it isn't hard to find...

Fishermen go out every day and bring in the catch of the day in rustic, wooden boats, then pull them onto the shore, clean their catch and sell it! The only thing more prominent than fish are the gulls that flock in droves, followed closely by cats. The smell... well, just imagine what it might smell like after cleaning fish for generations. It isn't unbearable, but you'll notice it.

The boats, fishermen, coast line, fortress and town could fill up dozens of CF/SD cards. The sunset over the Atlantic is spectacular and the outline of boats and the fortress make for some very nice photos.

Thank HopGod
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

The series of stalls by the port will compete for your business... It can get kind of intense at times, but this really is half the fun. Find a selection of seafood you like and agree on a price, then sit back and enjoy. Depending on what you choose and how you haggle, you can easily eat like a (fat) king for 100DH per person, and much less if you just want a lighter meal.

This is no-frills dining at it's best. At night the stalls fill up and are lit by bare light bulbs; the ambiance is super.

The food safety seems to be good... everything is so fresh and the turnover is high. We have brought half a dozen guests there and haven't had one bad experience.

Thank Peter_Tk
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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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