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The Portuguese settled in El Jadida in 1502 and built a fortified town that they named Mazagan. In the old cité portugaise you can go for a walk around the ramparts, admire some fine 16th century doorways and observe the play of light and water in the old underground cistern. Read more..
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The tourist buses don’t stop at El Jadida so the historic centre is quieter and more hassle-free than in many Moroccan towns. The ville nouvelle has palm-lined boulevards, pleasant cafes and a vast sandy beach, complete with shipwreck.
Just outside of town is the Royal Golf Sofitel which boasts one of the most scenically-located courses in Morocco. To the north of El Jadida is Azemmour, another Portuguese outpost. It has a pretty, unspoiled medina overlooking the river Ouem Er-Rhia.