El jadida/ Portuguese City

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El Jadida, also known as Mazagan, is a city located on Morocco's Atlantic coast, approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Casablanca. During the 16th century, El Jadida was a Portuguese colony known as Mazagan. The Portuguese built a fortress there in 1514, which served as an important trading post and stronghold. The city remained under Portuguese control for nearly two centuries until it was captured by the Moroccans in 1769.

The Portuguese influence can still be seen in El Jadida's architecture, particularly in the well-preserved Cité Portugaise (Portuguese City) district. This area features narrow streets, old churches, and the impressive Cistern of El Jadida, a vast underground water reservoir built by the Portuguese to provide water for the city during sieges.

In 2004, the Cité Portugaise and the Cistern of El Jadida were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, recognizing their historical significance and architectural value.

Today, El Jadida is a bustling coastal city with a population of around 200,000 people. It is known for its beautiful beaches, including Sidi Bouzid and Haouzia, which attract tourists and locals alike. The city also has a thriving fishing industry and a lively medina (old town) where visitors can explore traditional markets and experience the local culture.

How to explore El Jadida?

  • Experience the wonders of Cité Portugaise (Portuguese City) as you marvel at the impeccably preserved Portuguese architecture.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Cistern of El Jadida, an underground water reservoir masterfully constructed by the Portuguese.
  • Indulge in the tranquility of El Jadida's exquisite beaches, such as Sidi Bouzid and Haouzia.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture as you wander through the bustling Medina (old town).
  • Embark on a journey through the lively souks (markets) of El Jadida, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and find traditional treasures.
  • Uncover the historical Portuguese Fortress and delve into the rich colonial history of the city.
  • Delight in the succulent seafood delicacies offered at local restaurants renowned for their delectable fish dishes.
  • Venture on a captivating boat excursion to explore the breathtaking coastline, or try your hand at the art of fishing.
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    5 hours

Address of El jadida/ Portuguese City

Portuguese Quarter, Rue Hachmi Bahbah, El Jadida, Morocco

Opening & Closing time of El jadida/ Portuguese City

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Tuesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Wednesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Friday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Saturday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Sunday
    Open 24 Hours