Fishing Villages Turned Tourist Destinations

Do your vacation dreams usually revolve around water? You prefer seaside cities to landlocked ones. You look for hotels with ocean views. Your favorite activities require a bathing suit. Plus sunsets only count if they disappear over a shimmering horizon. Yes, you’re obsessed. So add these fishing villages—in the United States, Iceland, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco—to your oceanfront wish list.

Photo: Wanetta Ayers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Unalaska: Find treeless mountains, large colonies of seabirds, a Russian church, World War II historic sites, and king crab fishermen on the Aleutian Islands.

Photo: Tjöruhúsið

Ísafjörður: Discover an old fish warehouse, a delicious smell, a seafood feast, timber-framed houses, and great hikes in the Westfjords.

Photo: Karia Bel’ Otel

Bozburun: Return to a rocky peninsula, ancient ruins, old marble quarries, little islets, the sweet smell of thyme honey, and a summer home that’s been turned into a boutique hotel in Marmaris.

Photo: Gigi Ibrahim via flickr

Hurghada: Explore white-sand beaches, clear water, coral gardens, dive sites, shipwrecks, a Bedouin camp, and a buzzing bazaar along the Red Sea.

Photo: Matthias Ripp via flickr

Taghazout: Escape to the foothills of the High Atlas mountain range, famous right-hand breaks, a surfing outfitter’s boutique hotel, and a rooftop garden along the Atlantic Ocean.


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