calm seafood city
Safi (ancient Asfi), seaport, western Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a centre for the fishing industry
of Morocco and also for the export of phosphates. Pottery is manufactured. Safi is a compactly built, fortified city dominated by a 16th-centuryruined castle of the sultans. The city was held by the Portuguese until 1541. Subsequently it came under French control until Morocco became an
independent nation in 1956. The old city of Safi is one of the two hearts of Safi — about one kilometre the centre of the new centre is, and in between the two there is fairly little going on.
The old city is apparently not the place of the people with money, but the little Safi has of tourist traffic is staged here, in between the ceramic shops that try to sell as much to as good a price as possible .
Traditional tutoyage hand painting
the bride have a ceremonial purification milk bath before a ritual henna painting of her hands and feet. Originally, this purification and painting was the wedding ceremony in Arab lands some 200 years ago. Modern Morrocan brides continue this tradition by annointing the palm of guests with a unique smear, called the henna.
In the late afternoon or early evening, simultaneous parties are held at the home of the bride and the groom. The two families and their guests celebrate well into the night with a feast, music and dancing. Sometime after midnight, the groom leaves his home and proceeds to the home of the bride. He is accompanied by his guests, as they sing, beat drums and dance.
Portugeuse fortress, lots of sardines and pottery
"Lots of sardines and chemical plants"
The sardine fleet here is apparently one of the biggest in the world - and a lot of Morocco's raw phosphate and fertilisers come here to be processed in the chemical plants just south of the town.
The 'worlds largest' tagine dish is here too in the middle of a round about at Place Mohammed V - which up until when we travelled around the area from Marrakech up to El Jadida this tagine was used once a year to make a gigantic couscous!!
"Old medina of Safi"
Walled by the Portugeuse theres a msassive defense structure around the medina of Safi with impressive fortress with which the Portueguese built in 1508 and of course used to enforce their control here. They didnt stay long - abandoning it in 1541.
The main part, the Qasr Al-Bahr, which is at the beach and port end can be visited and climbed to the top for great views over the medina. At the end furthest away from the beach is the Kechla which is also massive with gunnery platforms, now contains the National Ceramic Museum.
Also within the walled medina are the remains of the Portugeuse cathedral which only got as far as having the choir completed.
"famed for the pottery from Safi"
'known all over Morocco for its production of traditional pottery - worth a visit to the pottery souk and the kilns nearby
Safi is quite a pleasant town with a relaxed atmosphere but just outside the town you can see the industrial side of Safi with it's giant phosphate plant in view of the seafront.
Safi is very famous in Morocco for it's pottery, which many of the ceramics you see all over country comes from here. Within the fortified walls of the medina, much of the pottery works cover a quarter of the city and is a good place to buy some pottery to take back home. Beware that there are touts who will argue amongst themselfs to get your business. I had one man in his 50's who wanted to sell me something and I was quite happy to do business with him but a young man in his late 30's was trying to butt in. The older man took me up to see some of the kilns they work in and when we came back down we finished our buisness and shaked hands and went away happy but the older man was getting harassed by this young man. An hour or so late i came back through the medina and could see these two in the distance still arguing very hard with one another.
From the Place de Independence you can go left and get some good views of the coastline with the big waves from the Atlantic crashing onto the rocky waterfront. If you go right you will end up in the busy harbour but you can't take any photos there because of immigration. You only need half a day to see Safi but it is well worth a visit.
Destinations In Morocco
Essaouira - Marrakesh - Agadir - Merzouga - Boumalne
Ouarzazate - Fes - Meknes - Tangiers - Casablanca
Moulay Idriss - Volubilis - Rabat - Skoura - Tinerhir
N'kob - Al-Hoceima - Asilah - Chefchaouen - Larache
Lixus - Nador - Oujda - Safi - Taza - Tetouan
More Destinations In Morocco
Ait Benhaddou, High Atlas Mountains, Tizi'n'Tinfifft Pass, Tizi'n'Tichka Pass
El-kalaa M'Gouna, Ait Airb, Dades Valley, Dades Gorge
Draa Valley, Jebel Sarhro
S A F I
Safi or Aasfi as known by Moroccan. Is where ordinary Moroccan live. It might not be a top tourist destination but it has its own attractions nevertheless. Some of the locals were surprised to see a tourist amongst them. They where happy to see me, few remarked that the city has few thing that might of interest to the casual visitors. I do encourage people who have the time to spend a day or two in Safi because it surly has few things