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In pictures: Fishing boats in Essaouira harbour

Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco

Looking around the harbour in Essaouira you see endless shades of blue – from the pale skies to the rough seas and the vibrant turquoise and blue painted fishing boats. In the 19th century Essaouira was Morocco’s biggest port. It was nicknamed the ‘Port of Timbuktu’ as goods like gold and spices came by caravan from sub-Saharan Africa to be shipped from here out to Europe and the Americas. Today the port’s cargo is a bit smaller scale as the water’s not deep enough for big modern ships. So instead you’ll see fishermen unloading their catch of fish and seafood, for sale in local restaurants or grilled straight off the boat in one of the harbourside stalls. The little blue boats are still built here using a trusted traditional design by local shipbuilders, filling Essaouira’s harbour as well as supplying ports across Morocco and beyond.

Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco
Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco
Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco
Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco
Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco
Boats in Essaouira harbour, Morocco

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  1. Jen #

    Great spot for taking photos and you took some really good ones Lucy. I have been looking forward to pics and stories about you recent trip as I was following along on FB and loved what I saw. I am fascinated by Morocco. 🙂 Jen

    March 19, 2014
    • Thanks Jen, there will be lots of Morocco posts to come (just need to finish sorting out my 400 photos first!) – Essaouira was my favourite place, loved the laid back atmosphere and being right on the coast.

      March 19, 2014
  2. Such beautiful photos! I’d love to visit Essaouira. Can’t wait to read all about the rest of your Moroccan adventures!

    March 19, 2014
    • Thanks – lots to come about Essaouira, I took so many photos!

      March 19, 2014
  3. Lovely pictures I really like the combination of vibrant blue and the tiredness of the peeling paint. Looking forward to more…

    March 19, 2014
    • My mum said the faded colours made it look like a painting and can definitely see that in the first photo!

      March 19, 2014
  4. Gorgeous photos! I’m so eager to visit Morocco and these are only fuelling that 😉

    March 19, 2014
    • Thanks – it’s a fascinating country and definitely worth a visit, I love the fact that you have beaches, mountains, desert and cities all within a fairly small area.

      March 19, 2014
  5. Wonderful shots of those intriguing blue boats and atmosphere.

    March 19, 2014
    • Thanks so much, I did love the blue colours, so vibrant.

      March 19, 2014
  6. Beautiful colours…love that blue, really jumps out.

    March 19, 2014
    • It does doesn’t it – the colour is used on a lot of buildings too on their shutters and doors and is so bright and cheerful.

      March 19, 2014
  7. I’d heard about it but not in detail, Lucy, so I’m looking forward to your following posts. Looks promising 🙂

    March 19, 2014
    • It’s a lovely place Jo, quite calm compared to some of the other Moroccan cities and a beautiful setting on the coast.

      March 19, 2014
  8. Beautiful photos! I’ve got my essaouira photos coming soon too. Glad you loved it too. so laid back and relaxing yet distinctly Moroccan too…

    March 19, 2014
  9. Gorgeous photos! I’ve been to Morocco but didn’t make it to Essaouira – looks interesting!

    March 19, 2014
    • I’d definitely recommend it if you make it back to Morocco, it had such a nice atmosphere and the setting on the beach is beautiful.

      March 19, 2014
  10. I have been there! Four years ago we stayed in Marakeche then in Essaouira too. The harbour and the fortified walls are so beautiful. I remember the vivid blue fishing boats so well. Looking fwd to your posts. 🙂

    March 19, 2014
    • Glad to bring back some good memories! Really enjoyed my trip out there and hope to get back again next year if I can.

      March 19, 2014
  11. Ahhh, I missed Essaouira when I visited Morocco years ago, and it’s some place I’ve always wanted to go to. The laid-back vibes sound awesome.

    March 20, 2014
    • It’s so lovely! Hope you do get to make it out there sometime – will have posts with more info plus loads of photos coming up.

      March 20, 2014
  12. Great photos Lucy, I always enjoy your posts. As a B&B owner in Torquay I don’t have the luxury of time off, so your posts allow me to see the world through your eyes.

    March 23, 2014
    • Thanks so much! Torquay’s a lovely part of the world – I was at university in Exeter so spent quite a bit of time down in that part of the world.

      March 24, 2014
  13. Such a picturesque place! Definitely want to go back one day.

    March 23, 2014
  14. Great pictures, I especially love the second one, that seagull steals the spotlight 🙂

    March 31, 2014
    • Thanks – yes they feature in a lot of my shots around the port – all that fish!

      April 3, 2014
  15. I really like how you’ve captured the brilliant blues against the dusty terracottas.

    April 2, 2014
    • Thanks so much – the light was so great out there, made the colours really pop out.

      April 3, 2014

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