Explore portuguese cities – 6 days | Departure Casablanca


cidades pt casablanca Explore portuguese cities   6 days | Departure Casablanca

Explore Portuguese Cities – 6 days – Departure Casablanca

In this circuit you will explore the Old Portuguese cities and its monuments, and you will discover the history that Portugal and Morocco share.

Day 1 – Arrive Casablanca | Azemmour | El Jadida | Oualidia
Day 2 – Oualidia | Safi | Essaouira
Day 3 – Essaouira
Day 4 – Marrakech
Day 5 – Marrakech
Day 6 – Transfer Casablanca airport

Day 1 – Casablanca | Azemmour | El Jadida | Oualidia
Arrival at Casablanca airport departure towards Azemmou, Azamor was the name the Portuguese gave it after the battle that resulted in the conquest of this city. The Portuguese presence is visible in its walls, houses and streets that are marked by the Manueline style. Then you will continue the journey towards El-Jadida, an old Portuguese city, declared Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004. You will go for a stroll at the ramparts, where there is has a good view over the Medina, the sea and the docks. There are signs of Portuguese architectural details such as doors topped by arches of masonry. You will discover other Portuguese traces, the Assumption Church, the entrance to the main door, and the names of the streets. You will listen to the locals talking proudly of the history in common with the Portuguese. Departure to Oualidia, a lovely beach, semicircular, protected from the ocean by a barrier of small islets, yet overlooked by large hotel complexes. It is a quiet beach with a lagoon known for its attractive delicious seafood, especially oysters. Dinner and night at a Riad.

Day 2 – Safi | Essaouira
The journey is made along the coast, with stunning scenery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Safi to visit Ksar el Bahr, Sea Castle, built by the sea in the XVI century by the Portuguese whose presence lasted for 50 years. Beyond the walls you can visit the medina and the souk. The Portuguese Chapel was built in 1519 and is undoubtedly one of the monuments not to be missed. Their huge fortress, with towers and battlements, offers a beautiful view over the city and the sea. Continue the journey to Essaouira, fishing village, old Mogador, as the Portuguese named it. Known worldwide for its annual Gnoua festival. Visit the main square Prince Moulay el Hassan and night at a Riad.

Day 3 – Essaouira
Visit the Medina, declared Unesco World Heritage Site as an example of a fortified city of the century XVIII. Its port is a typical example of Moorish architecture and Portuguese. Possibility for lunch in a typical restaurants on the beach with their fresh fish just arrived from the port. Essaouira is known for its beach ideal for practicing sports such as surfing and windsurfing. Night at a Riad.

Day 4 – Marrakech
After lunch, return to Marrakech. When you arrive, we suggest a stroll  in the most emblematic square in Marrakesh, Jemaa el-Fna, it is no overstatement to say that all you will need all your senses to appreciate the range of colors, sounds, smells and sensations of this square. Night at a Riad in the medina.

Day 5 – Marrakech
Day free to explore Marrakech, the famous Mosque of Koutubia from the 12th century, the Medina and its souks, and explore some more of the secrets of Marrakech, the El Mansour Mosque, El Badi Palace and Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school. The Saadian tombs, relatively well preserved, the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th  century, is one of the finest examples of Muslim architecture of the old imperial capital.

Day 6 – Transfer to Casablanca’s airport.