If you are drawn to seaside towns and Jewish heritage sites, then this Casablanca to El Jadida and Azemmour shore excursion will let you do just that and visit the coastal Portuguese cities of Azemmour and El Jadida for a full day. On this tour, you will get to discover El Jadida’s Cistern, Medina, and part of the Jewish history of Morocco. The two cities combine the beauty of Arab, Andalusian, Portuguese, and Berber architecture.
Azemmour is a quiet little town located in a strategic site at the mouth of the Oum er-Rbia River, and its clifftop whitewashed Medina offers a perfect place to relax. El Jadida, or Mazagan, was built as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century, and it was one of the early settlements of the Portuguese who left many buildings including bastions, ramparts, the Cistern, and Church of the Assumption.
Embark on a full-day shore excursion from Casablanca to El Jadida and Azemmour. Explore two charming seaside towns with remarkable architecture and historic Medinas. First, walk El Jadida’s weathered ramparts with your guide, take in the Portuguese style of the winding streets, and find a café on the shore for a seafood lunch. Next, stroll Azemmour’s whitewashed Old Town, skirt city walls adorned by local artists, then visit a 16th-century synagogue before returning to the port of Casablanca.
once your cruise ship arrives to Casablanca’s port, you will meet your guide who will guide you to your air-conditioned vehicle for the one-hour drive to El-Jadida. You will drive will be taking the coastal road from the pier enjoying the scenery on the road.
Follow your guide on a tour of the ancient walled city (the Medina) of El-Jadida. As you explore the Medina, check out a magnificent view of the port and the Atlantic Ocean. El-Jadida is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage due to its famous fortified ramparts and impressive sea defenses. The Medina showcases the remnant of the Portuguese history through its architecture and wrought-iron balconies. The Medina’s streets will lead you to the ancient square where mosques and churches stand in harmony. Visit the cavernous Manueline Cistern of El-Jadida fortress built by the Portuguese settlers. On the interior, the cistern features an intricate, awe-inspiring design with gigantic arches and a thin layer of water covering the floor area and creating a marvelous scene of reflections.
After lunch at one of the cafes famous for their great seafood, head back to your vehicle, then take a 20-minute-long scenic ride to the fortified village of Azemmour. Squeezed between the Oum Er-Rbia river and the ocean, this little town is a Moroccan jewel with a thousand-year history and heritage marked by several civilizations. At the entrance of Azemmour, you will be met with a dazzling panoramic view of the town overlooking the banks of the Oum Er-Rbia river. Take a walk through this charming white-washed town and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the city, the towering ochre walled ramparts left by the Portuguese, and the many houses in ruin that color the city with unique sense of history. As you wander around the city, look to the oranted walls, rendered beautiful by the artists who call Azemmour home. Over at the old Mellah, visit a well-maintained synagogue where Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss was buried. This 16th century Synagogue is a testament to the values of harmony and coexistence between the various races that lived here for generations.
Finally, head back to your vehicle and drive to Casablanca where your Casablanca to Eljadida and Azemmour shore excursion ends.
The distance between Casablanca and El Jadida is 101 Km (63 Mi). The driving time to El Jadida from Casablanca is 1 hour and 30 minutes via A5.
Charming and elegant, El Jadida offers its visitors a glimpse of the past. The cobblestone streets with fortified walls from an ancient Portuguese Medina now registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site will transport you back in time to when it was known by its former name Mazagan during 1506 – 1769.
Azemmour is a beautiful town located next to El Jadida, Morocco. It boasts many popular attractions, including the Medina of Azemmour, the Oum er Rbia River, and the Shrine of Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss. These wonderful sights make Azemmour well worth a visit!
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