A Family-Friendly Guide to El Jadida

A cannon at the fortress in El Jadida | © xiquinhosilva/Flickr
A cannon at the fortress in El Jadida | © xiquinhosilva/Flickr
Photo of Sarah Williams
19 December 2017

Somewhat off the beaten track when it comes to international tourists, Morocco’s coastal town of El Jadida is a popular spot with holidaying Moroccans in the hot summer months. Moroccan families head here in the droves, and there are definitely plenty of things to keep people of all ages happy. Here are some of the best things for children to enjoy in El Jadida.

El Jadida beaches

There are several pleasant sandy beaches within easy reach of El Jadida, including one that’s right in the heart of town. Compared to Morocco’s more popular beach destinations, like Agadir and Tangier, the beaches of El Jadida are relatively uncrowded. The main beach has good facilities close to hand, including showers and toilets, shops that sell typical beach items, and a selection of restaurants, cafes, and refreshment stands. If you visit some of the more remote beaches, be sure to take plenty of water and snacks with you as amenities are generally limited.

Beach at El Jadida, Morocco | © Lietmotiv/Flickr


There are several areas close to El Jadida that offer terrific surfing opportunities. Older children, teens, and adults might like to try their hand at the water sport, though this area is perhaps better suited to those who already have a little experience in surfing.

Surfing in El Jadida | © Mzximvs VdB/Flickr

Horse riding

Horse riding is a popular activity along the sandy shores of El Jadida. The handlers lead the horses along the beach, keeping tight hold of the reigns and making sure that children are secure.

Boat trip

Pay a visit to nearby Oulidia and take a boat ride around the magnificent lagoon. Not only can kids enjoy the excitement of being in a boat while their parents admire the glorious views, but everyone can observe an array of different bird life too. The lagoon is known for its large groups of pink flamingoes that arrive in spring and stay until the end of summer.

Ocean birds at Oualidia, Morocco | © Mzximvs VdB/Flickr

Quad biking

A thrilling activity for older children, as well as for adults, quad biking is one of the numerous fun activities that can be enjoyed near the high-class Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort. Non-guests of the prestigious hotel can also visit the exquisite resort and book many of the services and activities.

Portuguese Cistern

Many kids love seeing places that are a bit different and the Portuguese Cistern in El Jadida is just that. Although it can seem a bit spooky and dim, the lighting here is just right – bright enough to make children not feel terrified and dark enough to add an air of mystery. Atmospheric and interesting, children can spot their reflections in the puddles of water and hide behind large pillars.

Portuguese Cistern in El Jadida, Morocco | © SnippyHolloW/Flickr

Mazagan Fortress

A stroll around the old defensive walls of Mazagan Fortress is sure to excite kids. Not only can they see the remains of an old coastal fortress and look out over the ocean, but there are several old cannons still pointing out to see. Kids can sit on the cannons for cool pictures too.

El Jadida fortress | © xiquinhosilva/Flickr

Jardin Mohammed V

A pleasant park with plenty of space for little ones to run and play, Jardin Mohammed V is close to the beach and the centre of town. There are several interesting statues throughout the park too, which are sure to appeal to the imaginations of curious kids.

El Jadida may not be the first place that springs to mind for a family holiday in Morocco, but you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family happy if you do plan a side trip here for a few days.

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