The Port of Essaouira

West of Morocco, on the Atlantic coast is the pretty town of Essaouira, known (among other things) for its fishing port. Rent a car and discover it for yourself.

 

Essaouira port

 

Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco has many fishing ports. The port of Essaouira is not the most important of them but it is certainly the most renowned traditional fishing carries of the country. Indeed, built in 1770 (during the reign of Sultan Mohammed III), the port has a fascinating history.

From the seventh century BC, the bay of Essaouira was already an important stopover through which the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Portuguese passed. Nicknamed “port of Timbuktu”, the port of Essaouira was then a strategic point for international trade –where they traded gold, spices, wool, oil, ivory and slaves (until the mid-nineteenth century).

Today, this port remains the third port of sardine fishing of the kingdom, but it is best known for its traditional landscape and lively atmosphere.

A little advice from Hertz Morocco : rent a standard car to go to Essaouira and to visit its port.

 
 
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Practical informations

The city of Essaouira is a 2h30 drive from Marrakech or Agadir. The port is also easily accessible by car.