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The harbour area, including the fortifications you see in the photo, is a busy place. There are tourists admiring the views and buildings, but of greater interest are the locals who stroll in groups made up of family members or teenagers (usually young men). Occasionally a young couple can be seen sitting close to each other and as in this photo, young men are jumping into the refreshing water to cool themselves from the midday sun.
As for the fishing boats, at the time I was there all fishing activity had ceased and the boats were at rest as were the fishermen.

Wikipedia:The present city of Essaouira was built during the 18th century. Mohammed III, wishing to reorient his kingdom toward the Atlantic for increased exchanges with European powers directed a French engineer, Théodore Cornut, and several other European architects and technicians to build the fortress and city along modern lines.

For 12 years Thédore Cornut designed and built the city itself, particularly the Kasbah area, corresponding to the royal quarters and the buildings for Christian merchants and diplomats. Other parts were built by other foreigners. The harbour entrance, with the "Porte de la Marine", was built by an English renegade by the names of Ahmed el Inglizi ("Ahmed the English") or Ahmed El Alj ("Ahmed the Renegade"). The two "scalas" with their fortifications (the Harbour scala and the Northern scala) were built by Genoese engineers.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3031 W: 103 N: 5268] (23577)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-27
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/4000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2013-07-16 4:01
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