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Information about El Jadida

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El Jadida was originally a Portuguese town called Mazagan. It resisted the dangers of pirates in the area at great effort and secured the Portuguese Crown to serve boaters who took the Ruta Del Cabo. The rebuilding of the fortress was entrusted to the best Italian and Spanish architects in a time of transition from war. This time justifies the slope of the walls, which repelled the impact of firearms, as well as laying culverins, cannons and other devices.

El Jadida is also famous for its fishing port where boats arrive at dusk with fresh fish caught that day.



What to do

What to Do and See in El Jadida

Visit the old town of El Jadida

The walls of El Jadida were built in the mid-sixteenth century by an Italian architect and had five strongholds. Of the five one, the stronghold of the governor, disappeared, but the other four were rebuilt.

Near the wall of the Angel and the Holy Spirit is a pond which links with the sea, and is ideal for a seafood site. This area is the only remains of the moat that once was there. Climb the ramparts, walk the along the walls and enjoy the wonderful views from the ramparts. It is also interesting that Puerta del Mar is the place where the Portuguese fled to when they had to leave the city before the advances of Mohamed Ben Abdellah.

The Portuguese cistern is a large underground hall that was built in 1514, full of pointed arches and vaults that was most likely the armory of the Portuguese army. Later it became a water tank or cistern to supply the city. It is square and has 25 columns joined by arches. In the middle of the room is a large port through which light enters giving the place a magical feel. This magic probably comes from when Orson Wells filmed “Othello” in this very spot. Also you can go to the pier and enjoy the views of El Jadida from there. The Portuguese cistern was also used in movies like "The Black Stallion" and "Haren".

Beaches

Beaches in El Jadida

The beach of El Jadida is sensational and has all the services that a vacationer might need. Not many tourists travel abroad in the area, leaving the beaches mostly untouched. It is one of the favorite places for local Moroccans to travel to in Agadir.

Along the rest of the Moroccan Atlantic coast, the beaches are sandy with crystal clear waters. Just be careful with quick ocean currents! Playa Sidi Bouzid is located three miles south of El Jadida and is comfortably crowded with vacation homes and has a beautiful promenade that is perfect to walking along to get to know the beach town.

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