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One of the most favorite getaway tourist destinations of the world’s wealthy and stylish folks is the sophisticated and refine El Jadida in Morocco. Located at the coast by the Atlantic Ocean, this place is definitely a one of a kind resort town. This part of Morocco is rich in diverse and interesting history. Its history is well expressed in its noted colonial structures that are found in remarkable locations.
The El Jadida was once a Portuguese colonial city previously named as Mazagan. It is likewise recognized as a World Heritage Site due to its remarkable attributes. The stylish structures that the Portuguese built during their colonization, is also known as Cite Portugaise. It was first established during the sixteenth century and is best explored on foot. It has numerous features and buildings that are picture perfect. While visiting here, you will recognize that the streets are still named after the Portuguese language.
There were four bastions built in this area during its fortification that are still existing until today. The trails to these structures are well-maintained and are easily accessible. If you want to have the best views of the town, the sea and the port, it would be best if you see them from the Bastion of the Angel. There also lies a chapel that was built during the Portuguese reign named as the Saint Sebastien bastion. A ramp would lead you to the Porte de la Mer that’s accessible through such bastion.
Magnificent beaches by the town is the main attraction that lure tourists worldwide. Its wide, sandy shores are well complimented with the town’s serene and peaceful ambiance. These beaches are also safe to swim on and are found at any corner of El-Jadida. The Sidi Bouzid Beach is renowned for its absolutely breathtaking views of the sunset. Another beach called the Haouzia is also available to roam around at in the town and composes of restaurants and hotels nearby.
There have been many recorded influences that this town encountered that gave birth to various sacred buildings of different origins. There lies a rustic mosque with a minaret on Rua da Carriera that is styled with Manueline architectural designs that’s opposite from another religious establishment called the Church of the Assumption. Another tourist attraction is the Portuguese cistern which was re-founded during 1916. This underground chamber that’s built with several columns gives a haunting, dark yet relaxing feel. It is believed that the chamber was originally used as a storage of water. Up until now, water still layers the floor of this place. There is a hole by the roof of it that shadows rays of lights that would beautifully reflect through the water giving it a more attractive look in the cistern.
El Jadida lure tons of tourists worldwide yearly that gave birth to the creation of different souvenir shops and gift boutiques for the vacationers to purchase items that will make them remember this beautiful and attractive city by. While visiting here, you shouldn’t miss shopping, dining at its cafes and restaurants that offer local food that’s to die for. Your time in El Jadida is absolutely worth the trip as you will get to feel so relaxed and comforted by the serenity of it all making it the perfect place to escape the busy and noisy streets of the urban life.