The coastal port city of SAFI, halfway between El Jadida and Essaouira, with an old Medina in its centre, walled and turreted by the Portuguese, has a strong industrial-artisan tradition, with a whole quarter devoted to pottery workshops. These have a virtual monopoly on the green, heavily glazed roof tiles used on palaces and mosques, as well as providing Morocco’s main pottery exports, in the form of bowls, plates and garden pots.

Safi has two main squares, Place de l’Indépendance, just south of the Medina, and Place Mohammed V on the higher ground in the Ville Nouvelle (also known as the Plateau).

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