As well as the more famous "resort" of Essaouira why not also explore beautiful Safi - famous in Morocco and around the world for the quality of its ceramic pottery, Safi is also a small town steeped in history on the edge of the Atlantic coast.
A tour could start at the Ksar El Bahr (Castle of the Sea). This square bastion was built on the water's edge in the 16th century by the Portuguese, whose presence would last for 50 years. Passing the ramparts, you enter the medina by the Souk street, along with the Place de l’Indépendance, this is the liveliest place in the city. Flanked by stalls, all the crafts trades are represented here. Level with the Great Mosque, a path leads to the Portuguese Chapel; this was constructed in 1519 at the centre of the chancel of the old cathedral.
At the end of the Rue des Forgerons, the potters' quarter occupies the hill to the left. Its land contains an exceptional clay which is the origin of Safi's reputation. A visit to the cooperative's school allows you to follow the various production stages of pottery. To find out more, don't miss the Kechla. This massive Portuguese fortress with crenellated towers offers a pretty view over the city and the sea. Through a monumental gateway giving onto the méchouar (square), we arrive at the buildings housing the national ceramics museum. Ceramics were introduced by a potter from Fez in 1875. Ceramics from Safi, which are recognized internationally, stand out due to their blue color and the highly sought-after pieces of all shapes and sizes.
Where to stay
Riad Du Pecheur is ideally located in the heart of Bay of Safi, within walking distance to Potters Hill and the Medina. All rooms offer a stunning sea view.
"We had a great time in Morocco and thought that Dar el Assafir was excellent. The staff were very helpful and friendly."