A sea port on the Atlantic coast, El Jadida’s history is an interesting mélange of European and Moroccan influences. In 1506 the Portuguese built a fortress here to protect their trading ships and they stayed until the mid 18th century when a siege by the then Sultan forced them to withdraw. The town built by the Portuguese has now become a Unesco World Heritage site and it is definitely worth exploring: visit the historic cistern and Catholic Church and stroll along the stone ramparts for a glimpse into El Jadida’s colonial history. The beaches are also stunning and – except in summer months – still largely uncrowded. And to complete your visit, Oualidia’s wild and beautiful lagoon is also only a short drive away.

Where To Stay

L'Iglesia

> L’IGLESIA

At the heart of the old town in El Jadida is L’Iglesia, a 19th century Spanish church now converted into a stunning, unique boutique hotel. Choose between a room in the old convent or in the Capitainerie, the annexe which was once home to the American consulate. All rooms are spacious, comfortable and individually decorated with a quirky 1930s ambience. An ideal location to relax, enjoy the old town atmosphere and from which to explore the city – we recommend!

What To Do

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> DAY TRIP TO OUALIDIA

Just an hour’s drive from El Jadida along the coastal road with its spectacular views of the ocean and wild shoreline is the small, fishing village of Oualidia and its blue lagoon. After the beautiful drive to the village, take a relaxed boat trip on the lagoon to visit the oyster beds and enjoy a seafood lunch at the Ostrea restaurant.

EL JADIDA

Best time to visit : All year round Population : 148,000 Temperature range : 10-30°C Infrastructure : boutique hotel Environment : Coastal town Journey Time : 3 hrs from M'kech Access : by car