El Jadida is located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco and is a port city. It is 106km south from the city of Casablanca which is in the region of Doukkala-Abda in El Jadida province. The population of the city is just under 200,000 as of 2019. The city itself has a rather ‘un-Moorish’ appearance and features large Portuguese walls made of hewn stone. In 2004 the city of Mazagan was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its ‘outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures’. Some of the most well-known Portuguese buildings are the Portuguese cistern and the Manueline Church of Assumption. Some popular things to do while visiting the city include La Citerne Portugaise which is one of the first ever monuments created in Africa by Portuguese explorer’s travelling to India. It offers us a great example of cross influences between the cultures of Europe and Morocco during the 16th to 19th century. This building used to be a warehouse and was converted into a cistern during the 16th century. It is particularly famous for the thin layer f water that covers the floor which creates different reflections on each surface. Plage d’el Jadida is a long stretch of sandy beach which also features a promenade. Both Phare d’el Jadida and Sidi Bovati are popular lighthouses, especially from the fantastic vantage points at the top of them. For those wanting to relax and be surrounded by nature, Parc Hassan II could be for you. There are many residents walking their pets and facilities there include a pond, a pool, tennis courts, a small private cinema and a café. The cities main exports are products such as almonds, maize, chickpeas and wax.
Average temperatures in El Jadida vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel pleasant most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit El Jadida, the hottest months are August, July, and then September . The warmest time of year is generally early to mid-August where highs are regularly around 90.1°F (32.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.8°F (19.9°C) at night.
British nationals do not need a visa to visit Morocco for stays of up to 3 months. As a precaution, you may want to travel with a photocopy of your passport along with the original. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.