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.