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Historic Site in El Jadida

Cité Portugaise

Inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage list in 2004, the Cité Portugaise was one of the early settlements built by the Portuguese in West Africa. Dating from the early 16th century and originally called Mazagan, it is…
Cafe in El Jadida

Café do Mar

Opposite the sea gate, this stylish cafe has indoor and roof-terrace seating with views over the ramparts, and is an excellent spot for a tea, coffee or light snack such as a galette (savoury pancake) or crêpe. Ther…
Notable Building in El Jadida

Portuguese Cistern

On the main street of the cité, amid the souvenir shops, is this atmospheric vaulted cistern lit by a single shaft of light. Built in the early 16th century, it is famous as the eerie location for the dramatic riot …
Seafood in El Jadida

Restaurant du Port

Head into the port and up the stairs to find this restaurant, which very naturally focuses on fish and seafood. It's one of the few restaurants in town serving alcohol, and the small bar in the main dining space att…
Church in El Jadida

Church of the Assumption

One of the most prominent of the fortress' surviving Portuguese buildings is this early 16th-century church, which was built in the Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style of architecture. It was recently converted…
Seafood in El Jadida

Le Requin Blue

Overlooking the beach in Sidi Bouzid (5km southwest of El Jadida), Le Requin Blue serves excellent fish. In summer, it morphs into a nightclub after the dinner service.
Moroccan in El Jadida

Restaurante La Portugaise

Just inside the walls of the old city, this tourist-focused place with red-checked tablecloths offers a simple menu of Moroccan staples. No alcohol.
Seafood in El Jadida

Restaurant Tchikito

This hole-in-the-wall, just off Place Hansali, is popular for its delicious and cheap fried fish served with a fiery chilli sauce.
Landmark in El Jadida

Communal Bakery

The neatly stacked piles of firewood outside this communal bakery in the cité signal its historic and present use.
Viewpoint in El Jadida

Bastion de L'Ange

This lookout on El Jadida's ramparts is an excellent vantage point, with views over the sea, Ville Nouvelle and port.