Exploring El Jadida

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The main sights of El Jadida are packed into the small Cité Portugaise, and this is best explored on foot and with a camera. The Porte de la Mer is where boats used to unload their cargo into the fortified city, and the imposing, rounded bastions lapped by the Atlantic are very impressive. In the heart of the Cité Portugaise is the Portuguese Cistern, a vaulted chamber illuminated through a single opening in the roof and the atmospheric setting for a riot in Orson Welles’ filming of Othello, and the fortified city also boasts a (disused) synagogue, testament to the former thriving Jewish community here.

There are beaches in both directions from the town as well, busy in the summer but otherwise pretty empty; they are more for walking and sunbathing than swimming: large Atlantic rollers pound the shore most days.

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