’s lovely seaside town of El Jadida is a pleasant place to join holiday-making Moroccans in the hot summer months and escape the large tourist crowds of places like Marrakech
, and Tangier
. A rich sense of history, delicious cuisine, and interesting architecture
add to the town’s appeal. Sleep in a traditional Moroccan riad for an authentic stay. Here are some of the best places to spend the night when visiting El Jadida
Riad la Maison des Epices
Beautifully restored to showcase traditional Moroccan designs, guestrooms at Riad la Maison des Epices boast intricate tadelakt features. Each also has a private bathroom with an Italian shower. Rooms are available for one, two, or three guests, and are all arranged around a central inner courtyard, as is common in a traditional Moroccan home. The historic building was built in the early 1900s, and was formerly the private home of a prominent local figure. Moorish designs, history, and heritage are clear to see throughout the stunning property. There are several inviting shared spaces, including a number of lounges and a patio. Local and international dishes are available in the onsite restaurant. Situated in the medina, the beach is within a ten-minute walk from the property, while the Portuguese Fortress can be reached within five minutes on foot.
Riad Dar El Malaika
Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
Located in the heart of the medina and just a short walk from the beach and many of El Jadida’s most interesting sights, Riad Dar El Malaika offers a peaceful haven amid the hustle and bustle. A splendid building with traditional décor and furnishings, guests really can feel as though they’ve stepped into a world of opulence and wonder. Each room features individual designs. The lobby boasts high ceilings, marble floors, elegant pillars, grand fireplaces, and ornamental plaster work. The spacious and well-equipped kitchen is ideal for those who want to try their hand at cooking traditional Moroccan meals. Guests can enjoy delicious meals in the beautiful garden, complete with lots of lush foliage, a reflecting pool, and fountains. The property can sleep up to ten guests in five bedrooms. It is typically rented out in its entirety, providing privacy for guests.
Riad Ksar El Jadida
Twin, double, and quadruple rooms are available at the charming Riad Ksar El Jadida. There is a communal living room, filled with splendid Moroccan designs, a terrace, and a shared kitchen. Delicious Moroccan meals can be prepared on request. The friendly members of staff can assist with arranging a range of activities, including horse riding, golfing, fishing, tours, and falconry experiences. Rooms boast great views of the town, and the property is located in the heart of the old Portuguese City. The beach and Portuguese Cisterns are just a short walk away. Alternatively, guests can explore the area on a free bicycle.
Art Riad Au Bord De La Mer
A quiet gem with terrific ocean views, Art Riad Au Bord De La Mer is ideally situated for enjoying the best of El Jadida. Guests can relax on the spacious sun terrace or in the inviting shared living room, and meals can be cooked if requested. The riad blends modern features with traditional Moroccan touches. It is popular with couples who are exploring Morocco. Private onsite parking also makes it a great choice for independent travellers. Wi-Fi can be accessed throughout the property.
Riad La Villa & Spa
Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel
Riad La Villa & Spa is a perfect accommodation option for tourists seeking some luxury and pampering during their time in El Jadida. All guest rooms have a private bathroom, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a television. There are several communal areas where guests can mingle and unwind, including several seductive lounges, a roof terrace with sun loungers and panoramic views, and a tranquil patio with water features. Further bliss is provided by the hammam and Jacuzzi, and massages can be arranged. The onsite restaurant serves traditional Moroccan cuisine and Mediterranean favourites. Fully renovated in 2008, the riad can be found in the old Jewish part of town.
Riad Harmonie is situated within El Jadida’s medina, and is just a short walk from Mazagan Fortress and the town’s main beach. All rooms have a private bathroom and all overlook a central courtyard, which has a fountain. The traditional Moroccan salon is a terrific spot to relax with a glass of mint tea. Alternatively, guests can soak up the sun and the sweeping views from the roof terrace. Breakfast is included in the nightly rate, and it is possible to arrange cooking classes at the property.
Riad Soleil d'Orient
All rooms at Riad Soleil d’Orient are well appointed and have unique designs and décor. Each room has air-conditioning, a TV, and Wi-Fi. Comfortable communal areas include an attractive lounge, a peaceful reading room, a leafy patio, and a roof terrace complete with tables, chairs, and sun loungers. The terrace also affords great views over the surroundings. The onsite restaurant serves authentic Moroccan cuisine and European fare. Just a short walk from the sandy beach, the property is located in the old medina.
Riad Le Mazagao
Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
The small and welcoming Riad Le Mazagao is located within the medina walls – literally! It occupies space above one of the arched gateways into the medina. With just four guestrooms, visitors can be assured of a peaceful stay. Two rooms are en suite, while the other two share a bathroom. Each room is filled with glorious Moroccan features, including colourful rugs, mirrors, exquisite woodwork, and ornate tile work. Guests can enjoy a filling breakfast on the sunny roof terrace. Dinner can also be arranged for an additional fee.
Riad Burn Out
A newcomer to the local accommodation scene, Riad Burnout can be found close to Cadi Ayyad School in El Jadida. It is situated approximately two kilometres from both the beach and the Fortress of Mazagan. Run by a French lady with past experience as a mental health professional and physiotherapist, the riad specialises in offering calm and structured stays for people with mental health issues. Traditional Moroccan tiling can be found throughout the property, and there is a small salon with traditional décor and furnishings.
Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
Dar Elbreija is ideally located for beach lovers; the sandy shores are just 100 metres from the property. Mohamed V Park is also just a short walk away and bicycles can be rented to explore farther afield. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and guests can make full use of the communal kitchen. There is also a shared lounge and a delightful patio with a fountain. There are four homely rooms for two guests, and an apartment that can sleep up to four people.
Whether you’re visiting for just one day or planning a longer vacation, check into one of these lovely riads for a comfortable stay in Morocco’s hidden gem of El Jadida.