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Safi


ABOUT SAFI

Want to discover Safi? There are a thousand and one ways to do so. Let's hope you won't get lost between the past and the present, Safi is an historic city with all kinds of ancient landmarks that redirect you back in time. Safi offers visitors the advantage of being a city with a past steeped in history and a living and active city thanks to its merchant port. 
Safi is a city of Morocco, located on the Atlantic coast. It benefits from its position as a crossroads between the major centres of Morocco such as Casablanca, Agadir and Marrakech. Its port is one of the most important in the country. 
Since the 1960s, the city has also been home to an important industrial complex for the processing of phosphate. 
Safi currently has 700,000 inhabitants. Like El Jadida, the adventures of the history of Safi are intimately linked to the port and the defensive architecture which make it remarkable compared to other cities.
Featuring a castle, the 15th century Portuguese fortress, which was for a time the seat of the governor, was completely restored in 1963. 
Its large monumental gate opens onto the méchouar or armoury where you can admire a dozen old Spanish and Dutch cannons pointing towards the ocean. 
Its special geographical and natural setting offers vast plains made up of agricultural land, bordered by superb beaches of fine sand and a subsoil rich in mineral resources (phosphate, gypsum and barite) and a maritime coast on the Atlantic Ocean of more than 150km. All these assets have enabled the city to be a centre of tourism as well as to develop economic activity in several other sectors (fish canning, flour mills, development of mining resources, etc.).


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