The Portuguese Towns of Morocco: Azemmour & El Jadida

  • Port

    Casablanca, Morocco

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    City Tour, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5 hours

  • Meals Included

    No

The medinas (Old Towns) of El Jadida and Azemmour exude the charm of yesteryear in a labyrinthine collection of narrow streets, beautiful buildings, gates to mysterious passageways and a mixture of Portuguese, Arab, Andalusian and Berber architectural styles.

Begin with a drive from pier to view the outside of the Hassan II Mosque before continuing the drive to Azemmour village via the charming coastal road. From the entrance to the town, you'll catch a stunning panoramic view of this huddle of whitewashed buildings clustered on the banks of the Oum Rabiaa River.

Walk through the kasbah (fortifications) to reach a large square overlooking the river. The nearby synagogue bears witness to the age-old peaceful coexistence of Jews and Muslims.

Re-board your coach and drive to Morocco's other Portuguese town -- Mazagane -- also known as El Jadida to the Arabs. Visit the Portuguese cistern -- a water reservoir designed to help the town endure a prolonged siege. Your guide will walk with you through the Old Town and you'll stop for a panoramic view over the port and the Atlantic Ocean.

After your tour, head back to the ship at Casablanca with a brief stop for shopping en route.