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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sandpiper (6580) 2013-07-16 4:35
Excellent composition and contrasting colours. The ropes lead the eye to the boats and beyond.
dta (59121) 2013-07-16 4:43
Hello Klaudio ,
Excellent view of the blue boats of Essaouira , with the ropes like a web in the FG , and the fortress in the BG .
Sergiom (48930) 2013-07-16 5:12
Toujours impressionnantes les vues de ce port de pèche. Ici, les barques donnent l'impression d'être un bouquet de fleurs au dessus de l'eau.
pajaran (44316) 2013-07-16 5:15
Kod mene popodne sa oblacima, smrklo se, samo sto ne pocne kisa.
Dobar tekst o mestu i gradu sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na camce i staru tvrdjavu sa topivima ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa posetiocima.
Royaldevon (23402) 2013-07-16 5:37
I have enjoyed browsing your shots of Essaouira. I particularly like how you have used the mooring ropes, in this shot, which fan out, welcoming the viewers to investigate every detail, every aspect of the scene, from the boats to the fort.
Have a great day,
marabu61 (6301) 2013-07-16 6:49
Very cleverly framed and composed shot with the ropes of the boats leading the viewer in to the scene in a star pattern. Beautiful colors of the boast and lots of interesting details to discover.
have a good day
SnapRJW (26074) 2013-07-16 8:20
I like the way you have used the mooring ropes here Klaudio, they lead in to the grouping of blue boats attractively adding context to the shot and guiding us to the main elements. Lovely place and very attractive series here. Warm regards Rosemary
holmertz (33489) 2013-07-16 9:41
The blue boats of Essaouira are quite famous, I believe, but I don't remember seeing them all tied up at the same point like this. The many diagonals created by the ropes make this distinctly different. I really enjoy once in a while seeing new approaches to well known places. The background with all the people is fine too and the colours are perfect.
bartekp (4672) 2013-07-16 10:29
Nice postcard from holiday. Very good composition with lines,
and blue boats.
Have a nice evening
dale54 (5799) 2013-07-16 10:52
klaudio hello,like what you captured here,what a scene,lovely colorfull place. tfs.. dale
emka (67259) 2013-07-16 23:38
Hi Klaudio, I see that you fell in love in Essaouira and no wonder, it is wonderful city. these blue boats match perfectly blue sky. Beautiful view. I like this spider of ropes in foreground. superb composition. Not very busy at the moment, even not many tourists. Funny there are boys on the walls.