Safi, “city of the sea”
On the Atlantic Coast, Safi is halfway between El Jadida and Essaouira. Beginning in the 16th century, Safi’s port acquired much merchant prosperity. It is now recognized throughout the country for the know-how if its artisans in the fields of pottery and ceramics.
In Safi, the castle of the sea (Ksar el Bahr) is a mandatory stop. After your visit is over, prolong it by climbing up the patrol path (chemin de ronde) to soak in the view over the ocean and the port. A few steps from the castle, stop and grab a tasty treat at the Independence square by the rampart gates. Then, tour the city’s medina by taking the rue du Socco to the gate of Bab Chaaba. At the feet of the Colline des Potiers (potter’s hill), wander off to take a peek at the pottery manufactures and the shopping arcades, bona fide treasure troves! Not far from here, at the Kechla, you can tour Safi’s kasbah that now houses the National Ceramics Museum.
Beaches and excursions around Safi
To fully appreciate all the beauty of the shoreline, take the coastal road towards Oualidia. To spend a peaceful moment, stop at the beach of Lalla Fatna, 15 km north of Safi: its cliffs shelter it from the wind, making it ideal for fishing and swimming. Next, head to Cape Beddouzza: now that you’ve taken advantage of the serenity of the beach you can go for a hike to the Gorani Cave, and check out its mysterious rock paintings…To finish off, get back on the coastal road until you reach the beach of Souira Kedima, where many beautiful hikes await!
It is most practical to get to Safi by bus or car. Coming from Casablanca, it will take around three and a half hours (255 km). From El Jadida or Marrakesh it will be a little over two (155 km). It is only one hour from Oualida (65 km).