El Jadida Things to Do
Lots of cannons are facing the seaLots of cannons are still facing the sea on the former portugese fortification in El Jadeda and the sea might be quite rough there sometimes ! As a tourist you can walk through the fortification with its bastions and ramparts freely and without restrictions, there will be shops and small productions in some parts...more
The Portugese fortification of Mazagão / El Jadida was built in 1514 as one of the many fortifications that the portugese explorers had set up along the african coast in order to be able to safely sail towards India. From 1506 to 1769 El Jadida was Portugese, and it had the portugese name Mazagão. In 1769 the city was conquered by Sultan Mohammed...more
The Portugese Cisterna of Al Jadiddah was built at about the same time as the portugese fortifications, that was back in 1514 or so.You have to pay a small entrance fee and will be able to step down and see these great reflections of the vaulted ceiling in the low level of water. In former centuries these vaults also used to serve as a stable and...more
After the fortress, this cistern is the greatest Portuguese edification in El Jadida. And it is an interesting and cool visit. What will the teachers tell about us, the portuguese, to the many scholar children that we noticed visiting it? Will they mention that the cistern was made in 1514 by the Portuguese, as part of the fort, and later used as...more
Along the road following the beach out of El Jadida is a large Christian cemetery which is well worth a visit.With many old gravestones and tombs of European families that lived and died here during Morocco's colonial ruled days this is a really interesting place for the history. Nicely maintained - with flowers and plants, grassed areas are...more
From 1506 to 1769 this town was portuguese, under the name of Mazagão. In 2004 it was classified as world heritage by UNESCO, that writes about it:"The Portuguese fortification of Mazagan, now part of the city of El Jadida, 90-km southwest of Casablanca, was built as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century. It was taken...more
This structure was built on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century. It represent an early example of Renaissance military design. This city was the one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers on the long road to India. The city was liberated by Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah in 1769 and he renamed the city "El Jadeda" which means...more
It is worth checking out as there are various exhibits for local artists. When I visited the town there was an Exhibit about Moroccan plants and gardensThis theatre is located on the main square in town. between the for and the El Jadeda beaches, within a walking distance of both places.more
Beside the fortification you can see some of the surviving original building like the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, both built in late Gothic architecture style.There are 3 churches, one Synagogue and few mosques. The Synagogue has the star of David below an Islamic crescent. I was told that you can get in but I couldn't locate the...more
This is one of the original structures built with the fortification. Initially it was used as a stable and later on as a prison. When water became scarce it was used as water storage facility. You can still see a thin layer of water and you can see beautiful light and sky reflection.The vaulted ceiling is stunning. All in all this is a must visit...more
Houzia Beaches are an extension of the nearby Azmmore beach. It has very little in terms of restaurants and facilities. You have to have your own transportation to get there. It is way less crowded than the other beaches in the city which is a big plus.Jadidah beach has the advantage of being in the Down town area, with all the restaurants and few...more
Sidi Bouzid id 3 km away from Eljadida. You can get to it by taking the bus, which will cost you around 3 dh. You can catch these buses next to the fort (see the picture). These buses operate until 7 pmThe beaches are very nice. There are few restaurants, grocery stores and a pharmacy. You can rent a room in the hotel or rent one of these little...more
El Jadida Hotels
Mazagan, El Jadida, 24000, Morocco
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Route de Casablanca km7, BP 116, El Jadida, 24000, Morocco
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Me, my wife and our 8 years son paid about 50 Eur for one night. It's good value for someone like us...more
El Jadida Restaurants
We generally like to eat fish and seafood when visiting seaside places around Morocco - a legacy of living inland means fresh fish is only available traditionally with a weekly delivery for the weekly markets that are fairly usual in many towns around Morocco.
and generally not had any problems with local places that im taken to.
this place had a view over to the ramparts of the Portugeuse fortress so we went up and sat upstairs on the outside floor area after ordering based on looking at the calamari, fish and prawns displayed in the glassed area at the counter - the cook had even given me a piece of calamari to try so we would be convinced it was okay.
What arrived was probably the most disappointing meal I can recall having in Morocco in a long time - the fish had the ammonia taste of fish that is not fresh.....the calamari, which is my favourite seafood next to prawns and mussels, were not fresh for sure.
The olives and the bread were nice...the tomato sauce (pureed tomato which is used as a bread dip and sort of sauce condiment) tasted almost off....
so wouldn't recommend eating here again.Related to:
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El Jadida Transportation
get to El Jadida by trainThere is a trainstation in El Jadida and there are trains going there from Casablanca and / or Rabat. I have not done it myself, and can only imagine that a trainride in Morocco is some special adventure by itself. There are just a few trainlines in Morokko, the main line is running from Tangier to Rabat and Marrakech to...more
There 3-5 trains daily from Casa Port to El jadeda. However the train station in El jadeda is far from the city and you'll probably end up walking a long long distance with no taxi to be seen. There are plenty of taxi waiting for the train but there were far more passengers. It will be very unpleasent if you have lots of bags. You are better off...more
Regular trains to Casablanca, need to change to from Rabat; the midday trains from El Jadida do not run this winter 2006-7.Not everyone is either willing or in the position to give up air travel - despite the awareness that this mode of travel contributes significantly to the greenhouse effect. Hence, For people who are concerned in regards to the...more
El Jadida Warnings and Dangers
A Trip Advisor member wrote to me, he said with the intention to advise me of the danger that he has experienced having lived in El Jadida for a number of years - that being the number of foreigners that he knows have been killed in El Jadida! (there doesn't seem to be any official information to back this up anywhere though) also to advise me what goes on in El Jadida with an active pedophile and whatever undertones element community there! and involving another prominent TA member who is known to live in El Jadida for the access to young boys and men....
When I asked around as I had not heard of El Jadida being the 'death capital of Morocco'! nor there having been 'quite a number of deaths of foreigners in El Jadida because they let Moroccans into their home' and in all the 10 years of being in Morocco Id never heard my MOroccan connections mention this (and ive been to El Jadida before though we stayed at Oualidia).. When I asked I was advised that a few years ago a foreign man was killed because of his association with pedophilia.
Also there was mention of a lot of drug issues in El Jadida.
As my planned visit was going to be the last visit to Morocco for at least a year, and so wanted to, after trying for a number of years, get back to Fez, and also id not had any previous success with seeing the El Jadida cistern, nor visiting Azemmour, we decided to go via El Jadida.
When we tried looking for accommodation and found the hotels super pricey (as boyfriends cousin was also with us who was on a budget) we started to look, as often have done in the past, for an apartment.
I had such a bad feeling about this though which ive not experienced feeling a sense of warning in a long time - and when we started having a lot of difficulty were shown 3 places that wouldn't allow us to stay though the price was okay at 300 dirhams, then the 3rd one then changed her mind and said we could stay if we paid 700 dirham - I was actually relieved that we go back to trying a hotel that we had driven past and check out its price.
I would just say take care if you feel Morocco is a country with freedom to buy and use drugs or indulge in pedophilia.....El Jadida might be a place just waiting for a big drug or pedophilia ring bust...and Moroccan jails have a VERY bad name for being particularly unsavoury!
I certainly hope anyone involved in pedophilia in Morocco will reap their rewards before too long...Related to:
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