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Tangier

Travel to Tangier – The Gateway to Europe

Also know as “The White City,” Tangier sits on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the western opening to the Mediterranean Sea. With its souks, traditional Moroccan cuisine and many attractions nearby, it is the perfect destination for people who seek exploration and relaxation.

Tangier has always been of prime importance thanks to its position at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

The city was first occupied by ancient Phoenician, Roman and Arab conquerors. It was seized by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and then given to England as part of a royal dowry given to Charles II by Catherine de Braganza in the 17th century. The arrival of the French in Tangier in 1912 made way for ongoing ownership disputes between England and France.

These disputes were terminated by the establishment of international governance of the city in 1923. Tangier’s international city status drew people from all over the world. After Morocco’s independence in 1956, Tangier was incorporated into the Moroccan state. It remains notable for its miscellaneous character today.

Tangier has much to offer the visitor. There is the Mendoubia Gardens, a beautifully shady rest area with a small terrace with good sea views; the Place de France, a beautiful small French square dotted with street cafes and eateries; St. Andrew’s Church that combines Arabic, Moorish and British Architectural elements; Dar el Makhzen, a Moroccan art museum that exhibits manuscripts, traditional Fés furniture, jewellery and carpets; the Caves of Hercules, a place of great beauty and archeological significance besides many other sights travellers will certainly enjoy visiting.

Tangier is known for its long sandy beaches where you can enjoy windsurfing and camel riding. The city provides the ideal location for exploration. Among the places you might want to discover is Asilah, a fishing port once fortified by the Portuguese, and Chaouen, an Andalucian town in the heart of the Rif mountains known for its whitewashed walls, splashed with vibrant blue, contrasting with the verdant hills surrounding the village.

During summer, Tangier beach is dotted with cafes and beach bars, making for a relaxing atmosphere.

Petits taxis can be caught anywhere in town. Grands taxis are also widely available to head out of town. City buses are very useful; they operate between the airport, the train station, Grand Socco and the Caves of Hercules.

  • Relax and enjoy the nice views.
  • Quench your thirst for exploration.
  • Witness diversity of both culture and flavour.

Essaouira Sqalas (sea bastions)

As the major fortification of the town, the Sqala mounts guard between the medina and the ocean. Located northwest of the medina, not far from the regional arts museum, the Sqala overlooks the Atlantic.

From the top of the watch tower, opposite the lines of cannons facing the sea, it is easy to see why Orson Welles chose this place as a movie location for his version of Othello. The film won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952. Lower down, beneath the platform, the old bunkers are occupied by artisans specialising in inlaid work. Although tools have now replaced weapons, the Sqala has not lost its soul.

El Jadida

Travel to El Jadida – City of Sun and Cultural Heritage

El Jadida is a colourful port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. With its European style Medina, left by the Portuguese, and marine climate, the city has become a very popular tourist destination in the kingdom.

El Jadida beaches, bathed by the Atlantic waves, are undeniably the focal point of the town that attracts both local and foreign travellers. El Jadida also offers its visitors bars and restaurants besides its almost frenetic evening promenade at the old El Jadida Medina – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

El Jadida, once known as Mazagan, was seized by the Portuguese in 1502 and remained a Portuguese colony till the middle of the 18th century. In 1769, the town was taken by Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah and renamed El Jadida – “The New”.

In 1912, under the French, El Jadida grew into a quite sizeable administrative centre and a popular beach resort. The Portuguese cultural and architectural influence on this small city is visible even today.

While in El Jadida, you can see some notable sites from the Portuguese period. Among them, there is the Medina, also known as the Cite Portugaise, which is the main attraction of the town; the Bastion St. Antione; the Church of Assumption with its highest tower; and the Portuguese Cistern, where the reflections of the roof and the play of the shadows on the columns make for an interesting visit.

El Jadida is possibly one of the best tourist destinations for sun worshippers in Morocco. Apart from the town’s main beach, there are some other sublime beaches in the vicinity, mainly Sidi Bouzid, Houzia, and Oualidia – where you can enjoy windsurfing. You could also enjoy a round of golf at the Sofitel Royal Golf of El Jadida.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable stay, combining unique experiences and the charms of the fashionable districts.
  • Sunbathe and relax on El Jadida’s magnificent beaches.
  • Discover a rich Portuguese architectural legacy.

Dakhla

Last Town, Lagoon & Desert Safaris

Located in the far south Atlantic coast of Morocco and 22 kilometres north of the Tropic of Cancer on a peninsula at the edge of the Sahara desert, Dakhla offers a little-know kite-surfing and desert holiday destination.

Dakhla town is essentially spread over a huge sandy spit with a huge 50 kilometres lagoon that is set to become an off-beat playground for water sports enthusiasts. With a climate of all-year-round sunshine this place could even match the Canary Islands as a perfect winter sun getaway!

The town was first established as a Spanish trading port in 1476 under the name of Villa Cisneros. The small port stands on an inlet of the Atlantic which the Portuguese called Rio De Oro (River of Gold) as trade in gold dust from West Africa passed through it.

The Spanish retained this name for the surrounding region. During the 1960s, the Francoist dictatorship built one of the three paved airports in Western Sahara. Between 1975 and 1979, Dakhla was the province capital of the Mauritanian province of Tiris al-Gharbiyya, consisting of its annexed portion of Western Sahara.

Not blessed with many attractions in town, visitors to Dakhla can visit the Fortress of Villa Cisneros and Villa Cisneros Church. Watersports and desert safaris are the things to do here.

Dakhla is known for its 50 kilometres lagoon where you can enjoy windsurfing, camel riding, and kitesurfing. The city lagoon also offers a real opportunity to birdwatchers where they can observe a wide range of migrating birds.

For a perfect place to relax and unwind you don’t need to look much further than Dakhla lagoon.

Petit taxis can be caught anywhere in town. Grand taxis are also widely available to head out of town. Long distance buses connect Agadir with Dakhla, though beware it is almost a 2-day drive to get here!

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Agadir

City of Sunshine, Fun and Exoticism

With over 340 days of sunshine a year, Agadir is Morocco’s number one tourist destination. Thanks to its 8 kilometre sandy beach, palm-lined promenades and near guaranteed warm weather, the city entertains thousands of sun worshippers from all around the globe.

Offering a wide range of comfortable and modern hotels, restaurants, and music cafés, and a broad offering of water sports and nightlife entertainment and activities, Agadir is the holiday playground of Morocco.

From the early origins of Agadir as a fishing village, in 1505 the Portuguese established a trading post named Santa Cruz do Cabo de Gué, under a governor. In 1541, the city came under Wattasid control and in 1572 a stronghold was built on the top of the hill overlooking the bay – the Kasbah. Agadir became prosperous for two centuries.

At 15 minutes to midnight on February 29, 1960, Agadir was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds, burying the city and killing thousands. The earthquake destroyed the ancient Kasbah. On its front gate can still be read the following sentence in Dutch: “Fear God and honor thy King”. On seeing the destruction in Agadir, King Muhammad V of Morocco declared: “If destiny decided the destruction of Agadir, its rebuilding depends of our faith and will.” Reconstruction began in 1961, two kilometres south of the earthquake epicenter, giving rise to a modern city.

For attractions, visitors to Agadir are spoilt for choice from monuments to the city itself. Among them, there is the Museum of Talborjt, also called “The Kasbah,” the Bert Flint Museum, Taroudent, Olhao or Ibn Zaidoun Park, and the Medina Souvenir shop.

Agadir is possibly the best destination in Morocco for people who seek both relaxation and fun. During the day, and besides sunbathing and water sports, the city offers its visitors golf courses, tennis clubs, horse riding and boat trips out to sea, where schools of dolphins and whales can be sometimes be spotted.

Located between the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas mountains, Agadir is also an excellent place from which to set out on excursions into the countryside. Imposing, snow-topped mountains, thundering waterfalls, tiny hamlets and expansive palm groves are among the many sights travellers will enjoy.

At night, you will be delighted by Agadir’s convivial atmosphere along its boulevards and in its great venues ranging from restaurants to pubs and clubs.

Petit taxis are widely available all over the city. To head out of town, consider taking a grand taxi.

  • Relax and unwind on a fine Atlantic beach.
  • Agadir has a great choice of restaurants, bars and clubs ensuring a lively night scene.
  • Witness the dramatic scenery of the nearby Anti-Atlas mountains.

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