Built in 1769 in the reign of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah by an Englishman who had converted to Islam, Essaouira's port is still going strong in the southwest corner of town, and it's the one must-see sight for any traveler coming here. Trawlers and other boats bob along the quay, and middlemen and independent sailors sell the daily catch of sardines, calamari, and skate from small dockside tables. You'll be selling yourself short if you don't have a meal of the freshest fish imaginable at one of the shoreside grill restaurants. As Moroccan ports go, it's also one of the most beautiful, not to mention accessible and tourist-friendly.
Jan 30, 2014
We were up early to walk to the port to see the boats coming in with their catch of the day. Lots of blue boats, people, birds, cats, aromas. We watched as the fish were sorted for the different destinations. We would have some of this fresh fish today from the main fish market/restaurant. The scavenging seagulls and cats were fearless in their quest for a fish. We watched as the fishermen mended their nets. We enjoyed fresh orange juice from one
of the many vendors as we watched the activity. It was a lovely morning and worth losing a little sleep. Find the fresh fish you want and look for the large indoor space that will bake them for you. The place was jammed with people waiting for a seat while the really hot ovens baked the fish of your choice. You carry it in, wrapped from the seller, give it to one of the oven men, find a seat, wait for a short while watching the action, eat your fish with your fingers, wipe the sweat from your brow, keep eating as you enjoy your favorite beverage, walk to your hotel, take a nap.