Enchanting El Jadida

CAS 116-102
  • Portuguese Cisterne
  • Medina of El jadida & ramparts
Program Overview
Country: Morocco
Depart: 04/11/2017 1230
Return: 04/11/2017 1830
Duration: Half-Day
Capacity: Min 25 / Max 120
Program Fee
$47 (early booking: $44)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 360 Social and Sustainable Venturing (Section 2)
  • IE 470 Women and Development
  • ANTH 120 Human Origins and Variation

EL Jadida means the ‘new one’, and this new name was first used just after the departure of the Portuguese who had called it ‘Mazagan’. Enjoy a drive along the coast past the village of Azemmour before arriving at El Jadida. You will visit the most interesting part of EL Jadida, the old Portuguese quarter and the underground cistern, which is an immense square hall supported by 25 columns and lit only by a circular opening in the roof. The Portuguese built it originally as an arsenal, but in the 16th century they transformed it into a cistern. A mark on the wall records the water levels at that time. It was discovered in 1916 by chance, having been sealed off for hundreds of years. Orson Wells used it in his film Othello’ and many other directors have filmed in this dramatic area.

You will then walk around the city ramparts providing splendid views over the surrounding countryside. From each of the five bastions you can see over the port, the moat and the clustered houses. Next, enjoy a brief stop at the famous Church of the Assumption followed by refreshments of tea and soda before returning to Casablanca.

Meals Included

Refreshment stop (tea or water or soda)