Places to Visit in El Jadida, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Places to Visit in El Jadida, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

El Jadida is a tourist favor city situated on the Atlantic coastline of Morocco, around 100 km southwest of the country’s largest city, Casablanca and 190 km north of the tourists’ paradise, the city of Marrakech. El Jadida coordinates with 33°14′ N latitude and 8°30′ W longitude. El Jadida is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Morocco, mainly noted for the Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The economy of El Jadida is centered on tourism and agricultural activities. El Jadida has also a great hand in producing almonds, maize, chickpeas, wool, hides and pools.


History of El Jadida:

The history of El Jadida begins with its occupation by the Portuguese in the year 1502, who ruled the region until 1769 when they abandoned and left the region, then El Jadida had name of Mazagan. Following the departure of Portuguese, Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah took care of the reconstruction of Mazagan and changed the name to its current name, El Jadida, which means ‘the New’.


How to reach El Jadida?

There is no airport in El Jadida, so international tourists are needed to reach the Mohammed V International Airport (near Casablanca) first and then they can take bus or taxi or pre-booked private transfer to get El Jadida. This airport is situated around 115 km away from the centre of El Jadida.

El Jadida is linked to the city of Casablanca by train and the bus connection of El Jadida extends to Rabat, Agadir, Casablanca and many other Moroccan cities.


Culture, Food and Shopping in El Jadida:

El Jadida is home to a municipal theatre, where regular exhibitions take place showcasing the city’s history and culture.

Shops are abundant in El Jadida and some prominent restaurants in the city are listed below:

  • Patisserie le Regal
  • Restaurant Al Bahri
  • Cafe Restaurant l’Alligator
  • Mazagan Ice Cream


What to do in El Jadida?

  • Golfing
  • Exploring beaches
  • Portuguese city tour


Tourist Attractions in El Jadida:


The Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan:

The Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated in the year 2004. The most buildings in the site feature the blend of Portuguese and Moroccan architectures, of which the most famous ones are the Manueline Church of the Assumption and cistern.


The 5 star resort complex of Mazagan:

The 5 star resort complex of Mazagan is situated few kilometers away from El Jadida, attracting tourists from the Persian Gulf and Europe, apart from locals.


Golf courses in El Jadida:

El Jadida houses two excellent golf courses, of which one was designed by Gary Player and another is located close to Pullman Hotel, called Royal Golf El Jadida. Both of these feature 18-holes.


Portuguese Cistern:

The Portuguese Cistern in El Jadida was originally constructed in 1514, used as a warehouse and it had been changed into cistern in the 16th century. The cistern is mainly noted for the thin layer of water covering the floor of the cistern.


List of other places of interest in El Jadida includes:

  • The Municipal Theater of El Jadida
  • The Old Port
  • The Canons and the Fortress
  • El Jadida Market
  • Sidi Bouzid Beach
  • Haouzia Beach
  • Deauville Plage
  • Chapel of St Sebastian
  • Garden Mohamed V
  • Church of the Assumption
  • Parc Hassan II
  • Galerie 104
  • Moulay Abdellah Amghar
  • Mosquee de la Cite Portugaise
  • Phare de Sidi Mesbah


Best time to visit El Jadida:

Throughout the year is best, especially the months of April, May, September and October are best to visit El Jadida in Morocco.


Accommodation options in El Jadida:

Apart from housing several star rated hotels, El Jadida houses many campsites that are located at the northeast end of the town, offering all basic facilities. Mazagan Beach Resort is the prime luxurious accommodation option in El Jadida, featuring 500 rooms and suites. List of the major hotels in El Jadida include:

  • Ibis Budget El Jadida
  • Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf & Spa
  • Mazagan Beach Resort
  • Hotel Jawharat El Jadida
  • Ibis El Jadida
  • Hotel Bordeaux
  • Art Suites El Jadida
  • Dar Al Manar
  • Dar Del Mare
  • Riad Soleil d’Orient
  • Hotel Royal
  • El Morabitine Hotel
  • Hotel Florence Sidi Bouzid
  • L’Iglesia El Jadida
  • Dar El Jadida

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