In pictures: Fishing boats in Essaouira harbour
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.