Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Safi has been a vital port for centuries.
Originally known as Asfi, the area was inhabited by Carthaginians, Romans and the
Almohades over time. Between 1508 and 1541, the Portuguese took over rule of Safi. This
was then followed by Saadian occupation, which saw the construction of the renowned Grand
Mosque. After the Saadians came the Alawites. It later came under French control, until
independence. Thus Safi has a vast and intriguing history, filled with a variety of influences,
each age contributing to the unique attractions in the city.
Safi is not only known as a successful fishing and industrial port, but is renowned for its
traditional arts, ceramics and music. Considered the symbol of Safi, the Dar el-Bahar is a
castle construction located in the sea. Dating back to the 16th Century, this attraction is
possibly the most photographed in the whole city. Another attraction worth visiting is the
Kechla, a Portuguese fortress. Once a prison, it now exhibits local ceramic wares. Not to be
missed is the potters ; quarter. If you are looking for amazing pottery at great prices, this is the
place to come. There are also several lovely beaches in and around Safi, which offer
opportunities for surfing, sun tanning and swimming. Safi is a great place to relax and explore
the culture of Morocco.