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El Jadida is a quiet seaside town with a Mediterranean feel. It has an interesting old town and Portuguese fort of Mazagan is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Warning: approach to this port is partially protected by a rocky outcrop to the north which keeps the swell down. Take care with the myriad of fishing nets in the water.
the harbour can silt up but is dredged regularly. You are advised to contact the Port Captain on the VHF before entering (reports of 1.8 m dept in harbour). Best not to enter before half tide and stay close to the northern breakwater when entering. If leaving for a visit inland, it is a good idea to employ a "babysitter" for the boat, if only to stop inquisitive children climbing all over it!
The skipper should go ashore with the passports and ship's papers and visit the capitainerie, douanes and police, all of which are in the harbour area (very little English spoken). Officials are reported to be friendly and formalities straightforward, however there is a lot of repetitive form filling to be done so they can take a while. Officials may visit the boat instead.
Tel: +212 (0) 5 20 200700, Fax: +212 (0) 5 22 786102
Anchor: charged per night and you have to leave before 11.00 or must pay for an extra day.
The dinghy can be left at the Club Nautique, which has no facilities except a restaurant. The services of the yacht club's security guard are available.
Don't miss: Portuguese buildings include the fort of Mazagan, the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture.