SELECTED EXCURSION FROM EL JADIDA MAZAGAN
ONE DAY TOUR :EL JADIDA & OUALIDIA (70 kms)
El Jadida, a former Portuguese port, is actually a beach resort offering all seaside amenities. ( Mazagan Beach resort etc … ) Discover a stylish and beautiful town, retaining the lanes and ramparts of an old Portuguese medina. Visit of the Portuguese ruins next to the pier where some canons, used during battles between Portuguese, Spanish & English armies, are still witnessing the great importance of this town .Continue to the Portuguese Cistern with its 25 arched Gothic pillars, together with the shallow pool of water and a rooftop opening in the middle of this hall, creating the most famous reflection image of theworld. This beautiful effect had attracted Orson Wells, who filmed scenes of Othello there. Continue to Oualidia (Seaside resort) famous with its Oyster-Farming . ( 1 Hour Drive )
for fish lunch . Some time to relax and back to hotel in the afternoon
One day excursion to ESSAOUIRA(250 Kms)
Departure to Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast.
• Behind its purple ramparts and inside its whitewashed medina with blue doors lies a city that has been influenced by various cultures (Berber, Carthaginian, Portuguese, Arabs, others).
• Lunch at a sea food restaurant .
• Tour of the medina, the ramparts, the Skala, the marquetry craftsmen carving thuja wood inlaid with ivory; the fishermen's port, the silver jewellers, the Mellah Jewish quarter, the art galleries, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah museum.
• Enjoy some time in the golden beach
• Return to your hotel in the late afternoon ( 3H 00 )
ONE DAY TOUR MOHAMMEDIA ( 120 Km )
- At 1H30’ drive , Mohammedia is well established as popular resort for honey-mooners and golfers.
- First you will see some of the sights of Mohammedia such as the Kasbah, the oldest part of the town with interesting Portuguese building, white Moorish houses and narrow streets. Mohammedia is also famous for its fish market located at the harbor. Every morning there is a daily auction of the many kinds of fish brought in by the local fishermen. After the visit to the town, enjoy a brief swim in the beach.
- Optional fish lunch & back to your hotel
ONE DAY TOUR RABAT/SALE ( 200 Kms )
At 2Hours drive by the highway , Rabat is the capital of Morocco, a city of parks, flowers and monuments. The tour includes visits to the Roman ruins of Chellah, The Kasbah of Oudayas, and Hassan's Tower ,Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Mechouar Palace, and the Medina. Through the labyrinth of souks and artisan shops visit the Place Souk el- Ghezel (the Wool Market Square). Take note of the ornamental motifs and moldings arranged on the doors of the residential area. Walk the famous and lively “Rue des Consuls” . visit the Mellah :the Jewish quarter . Continuation to the city “Sale”, a former shelter and port of the corsairs in the 12th century :visit the famous pottery. Fish lunch and return to your hotel .
ONE DAY TOUR MARRAKECH (260 Km)
3H00 drive by the high way .
Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravid Sultan, Youssef Ibn Tachfine , Marrakech became the capital of the Kingdom, giving its name to Morocco as a whole and was embellished by many fine buildings before taking on a rather more secondary role under the Alaouites. Marrakech is located in the heart of a palm grove, is a magical red city dotted with parks and surrounded by snow-topped mountains.
.You can see there historical remains dating from the 11th century such as the Saadian Tombs, Menara , Agdal gardens, Koutoubia and the Majorelle gardens.
.Lunch at the Medina and discovery of the souks of Marrakech and the Djemaa El Fna square where acrobats, snake charmers and dancers entertain passers-by on a daily basis. After a stop at the Palm Grove, return to your hotel .
ONE DAY TOUR OF FEZ (320 Km)
After 3 ½ Hours drive by the high way , Start your tour by visiting the Merenid Tombs of Fez. Continue along the old curtain wall of the medina and make a stop at the “Musée des Armes”, a fortress that once protected Fez. Next, enter the Fez el- Bali through the symmetrical horse shoe arches at Bab Boujeloud (The Blue Gate). Visit the Kisseria in the old medina and witness the colorful Tanneries,, Berber Weaving, Wood working and Metal smiths. Stop for lunch at one of the fine Moroccan palace restaurants . Within the medina :many historical sites such as Medersa Bou Inania; Kairaouine Mosque( Morocco’s second largest mosque) University of Al- Karaouine, Batha : A Hispano-Moorish palace dating from the end of the 19th century that houses admirable collections of traditional art from Fez. Return to your hotel by the end of the day.
ONE DAY TOUR TO VOLUBILIS & MEKNES (260 Kms)
Before getting to Meknes have a brief visit of Moulay Idriss, a Sacred Islamic town then continue to Volubilis (roman ruins) :a nearby Roman settlement
that has slumbered in the Moroccan countryside for over 2,000 years. Dating back to Pre Roman times Volubilis was a thriving city, complete with a forum, a capitol, basilica, triumphal arch, oil presses and spas. Settled on what was probably a Carthaginian city date from the third century B.C.Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa.
After we head to Meknes was founded in the 11thcentury and was chosen by Moulay Ismaïl in 1672 as capital of his empire. Moulay Ismaïl's creation was to be much talked of in the East and in Europe, most especially at the French court of King Louis XIV. There are some coveredstreets where you find leather, djellaba's, carpets and silver. The great monuments, massive walls, huge gates, elaborate gardens, Integrated neighborhoods, bustling markets, and unique arts and crafts point to layers of history compacted and superimposed in every corner of the city.Back to Hotel (2 H½ drive by high way )