El Jadida

  •  El Jadida
  •  El Jadida
  •  El Jadida
  •  El Jadida

Accommodation near El Jadida

Oualidia

Essaouira

El Jadida is sixty-three miles south of Casablanca, and was held by the Portuguese for 250 years commencing in the 16th century.  The called it ‘Mazagan’, and built the fortified medina adjoining the harbour and surrounded by a moat.

In 1769, the Portuguese left and the town was burnt down.  It was reconstructed by Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah in 1815, and it was re-named El Jadida meaning ‘The New’.

Traces of the towns Portuguese past remain today in its lanes and ramparts, and most notably in its remarkable underground cistern – vaulted and pillared like a church crypt, illuminated by eerie shafts of sunlight, and flooded with a few inches of water to conjure the reflection – an astonishing setting used by Orson Welles in his version of Othello.

During the summer months, Moroccan city-dwellers from Casablanca and Marrakech storm its 16km stretch of sandy beach that is the focal point of El Jadida.  Lined by an elegant promenade, and dotted with lively cafes, the beach lunges far into the distance, becoming less populated until it  meets the dunes and a forested nature reserve.

We do not currently offer accommodation here, but the golf course is excellent, and can be reached in a day trip from Oualidia or Marrakech.

Activities

Bird watching

About 15 miles south of the city there is a string of lagoons with wetlands where you can see dozens of varieties of migrating birds.

Golf

The El Jadida Royal Golf Course

A Robinson’s gem (6,003m, par 72), the course overlooks the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Oualidia, and several holes are close to the ocean.