El Jadida-Mazagan, A Wild Beauty Of Atlantic

El Jadida otherwise referred to as Mazagan(derived from the Portuguese word Mazagao) throughout a large part of its illustrious and rich history, is a port city located 1,5hours southwest of Casablanca on Morocco’s sea-coast. The city’s appearance is a beautiful and unique architectural masterpiece.it has been heavily influenced throughout history by many European countries, especially France and Portugal. El Jadida became under Portuguese rule in 1502. In 1769, it came under Moroccan rule, and therefore the city was renamed, El Jadida, meaning “new”, and have become an advert center and a multicultural society, embracing Muslims, Jews, and Christians. It has the honor of being considered the only Moroccan city registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is considered as a comparatively less popular destination for international tourists, because it attracts noticeably fewer international visitors when put next to other coastal resorts like Agadir, Tangier, and Essaouira, which might be a blessing in disguise; visit it and you will be treated to an ideal little seaside resort to spend your summer vacation, a wonderfully fine cheapskate alternative to all of the previously mentioned cities, granted there are fewer locations to visit but its rustic charm and usually less crowded streets are more than enough to compensate for it. Many fun activities can be enjoyed once you’re there:

RELAX ON THE NUMEROUS BEACHES OF EL JADIDA:

El Jadida is a coastal city, it boasts an enormous stretch of shoreline, just don’t forget to pick up copious amounts of sunscreen and a towel, as you’ll spend most of your trip sunbathing and relaxing at the beach. If laying down on your back isn’t your forté, you can go for a swim or perhaps a surfing session. Haouzia Beach or Sidi Bouzid Beach, each just some kilometers from the main town, are our recommendations.

Sidi Bouzid El Jadida
Sidi Bouzid El Jadida

PLAY SOME GOLF:

Located just 10min from El Jadida, Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort offer an 18-hole course full of valleys and dunes and a view out over the ocean, so you can pretend that you’re Tiger Woods all you want, we’re not judging!. The Club House also features a restaurant, bar, and shops.

Mazagan Golf
Mazagan Golf

GO OUT FOR A DRINK:

Drinking responsibly is a must, with that out of the way, you can enjoy a cold one at the numerous laid-back and quiet bars and pubs scattered throughout town, but if you like some wild ambiance, the  Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort is the place to go, with bars, a casino, and the Alias Club on offer.

CHILL IN A CAFÉ:

El Jadida is definitely low-key, with many locals heading to cafes to have a chat over a glass of mint tea or coffee. Many cafes offer decent service with relatively good views, without having to pay the premium price.

VISIT THE WATER CISTERNS AMONG OTHER HISTORICAL MONUMENTS:

The old Portuguese water cisterns are among the main go-to places in El Jadida. Built within the early 1500s as an underground warehouse, they were converted later on into a water storage facility. The massive chamber features unique pillars and the ground is usually covered in water. It’s also among Morocco’s many different movie filming sites. You can also stroll around the old fortress; the form and therefore the layout of the fortress are well preserved and represent an excellent example of this category of construction. The historic fabric inside the fortress is proof of the cultural heritage that stood the test of time for the world to enjoy. Other existent monuments are the ramparts and their bastions, the Christian church of the belief, The Portuguese City Mosque, and El Jadida Lighthouse.

WATER CISTERN
WATER CISTERN

GO FOR A SEAFOOD INDULGING SPREE:

As with most of Morocco’s coastal cities and towns, fish and seafood are abundant in El Jadida, and it’s relatively cheap. From fancy restaurants to roadside stalls, seafood is out there to suit most tastes and budgets. A wide selection of fish from sardine to tuna and mackerel and seashell as crab, lobster, and mussels are presented, just ask and you shall receive.

Sea food El Jadida
Sea food El Jadida

EXPLORE THE LOCAL CUISINE OF EL JADIDA:

Once you’re done satisfying your seafood and fish cravings, there are still many Moroccan dishes to be enjoyed as well.Couscous, tajines, you name it! Just don’t go crazy, as they’re notorious for being fulfilling but a bit too heavy, but what a way to cheat on your diet.

Couscous in el Jadida
Couscous in el Jadida

We recommend that you add El Jadida to your travel bucket list instead of the usual Moroccan destinations.

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