El Jadida is a port city on the Atlantic coast in the region of Doukkala-Abda, Province of El Jadida. Located 106 kilometer south of Casablanca. Previously known by the Berbers as Mazighen, it was seized by the Portuguese in 1502. A UNESCO World Heritage site registered in 2004, this fortified city is a classic example of the powerful presence of Portuguese in Morocco. This is so far, one of my favorite city in Morocco characterized by rich history, laidback vibe, less-touristic, and un-Moorish charm apart different from other Moroccan cities. No people offering you to buy this or that. A day or two is enough to check the whole city.

My 2 friends and I started our journey in Rabat taking the bus that took us more than 2 hours. We arrived in the city and immediately proceeded to our booked Airbnb. We are the only guest at the house. After settling everything, we decided to explore the city a bit and look for a cold bottle of beer. We found a bar but it was full of smoking men so we left. The whole city wasn’t that big. We strolled and hangout a bit at the beach before we go back to the guesthouse.

Next day, we checked out from the Airbnb and explored the Portuguese fortress. It’s partially maintained and you’ll observe some destroyed hewn stone of the fortress. Inside was the cistern accessible for a fee of 60 Dhs, the old cannons, a shutdown synagogue, few restaurants serving Moroccan dish, and the Assumption Church.

The less-touristic street inside the fortress
Evidence of Portuguese stronghold in Morocco.

It is possible to walk from the Portuguese fortress to train station. Only 4.7 kilometers so we slowly did it passing by wheat fields.

Wheat fields along the way to the train station


Rabat to El Jadida by bus                                               80.00 Dhs

Airbnb (Room for 3 persons with 2 beds)                         282.00 Dhs

El-Jadida to Rabat by train                                              74.00 Dhs

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I live my life everyday celebrating. An easy go lucky guy. Always hungry for adventure and learning different cultures. If I'm not at the summit, I'm at the sea. Traveling is my way of life. Deeply in love with mountaineering, swimming, skinny dipping, island hopping, fishing, and cycling. Loves good food, beer, music, and good human conversation. At home, I used to cook, do yoga, and meditate. A coffee lover. Stay most of my time at the outdoors, breathing the cold air, tasting the saltiness of sea breeze, watch the waves swiftly caressing the sand, listen to the flowing water of the river, pitch my tent or hang my hammock and sleep under 5 billion stars. I hate manicured places (resorts). Adores sunrise and sunset which gives me extraordinary energy.


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