El Jadida or Mazagan, a former Phoenician trading post taken by the Portuguese in 1513 is located on the Atlantic coast, some 90 km south of Casablanca. The city still hosts today a lot of Portuguese monuments from that time, like the massive city walls, bastions and ramparts and inside the walls one can still see many houses of Portuguese style. However the most important building is the Portuguese Cistern often used by film-makers, including in Orson Welles movie Othello.
Our excursion starts with a drive to the City of El Jadida for a visit of its typical Medina and souks surrounded by imposant ramparts. The fortifications here are an excellent example of Portuguese Renaissance military design and the most important example are the Portuguese cistern, an enormous underground reservoir contained within an amazing Gothic architecture. After the visit of the Cistern return to Casablanca.
Languages available at the regular tour:
French and English.
Languages available at the private tour:
French, English, Spanish and German.