Moroccan cities: Kenitra

In the series with Moroccan cities today we focus the spotlight on Kenitra.

Kenitra is a city in northwestern Morocco to the Sebou River, it is the capital of the province of Kenitra. The city, formerly known as Port Lyautey, is one of the three main cities of the region of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra. In 2014 the city had a population of 431,282 inhabitants.

The history of the city begins with the establishment of a trading post by the Phoenicians, then known as Thamusida. For Morocco was a French protectorate, there was only a Kasbah in the place of the city. In 1912, the city was founded by the French resident-General Lyautey, and the city had the name Port Lyautey. When Morocco became independent in 1956, gave the city its current name Kenitra, this means small bridge.

During the second world war the city was used as a landing site for American troops. After the war the airport was extended to a full American Naval Aviation base, also the French army was present at the base. From 1960 the basis was slowly transferred to the Moroccan air force.


James beach is a nice little Beach located in the West of Kenitra. The beach is an ideal place for people who want to swim or for beach lovers who want to enjoy the Sun. Surfers also can stop by for a refreshing browsing experience. There are also many other activities such as body boarding, quad biking or a ride on a camel.

Khabazat is a place in the old Medina of the city, you can discover the Moroccan traditional lifestyle in this neighborhood and experienced. There are street markets, food stalls, spice shops and many other interesting things to find in this area. Get to know this place at your own pace and taste the Moroccan lifestyle.

Kenitra Mall is a shopping mall located in the middle of the city. If you like shopping, you can quiet shopping. There are a variety of shops, ranging from cosmetics, clothes, shoes, toys, and electronics stores. In this Mall are also traditional products.

About 15 km from the center of the city of Kenitra, Thamusida is an archaeological site. This used to be a river port in Roman times in Morocco. If you like culture and history is to explore the ruins from the Roman period in Morocco an interesting and instructive activity.

The Kasbah of Gabbi is a fort situated on the left bank of the river Sebou, overlooking the port in West Jordan. Do you like history, then a visit to the old fort worth a visit. The fort is centuries-old and you can enjoy views of the river Sebou, the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Sidi Balu.

The national park Lac Sidi Balu is a nature reserve and is known for the presence of the many and varied birds. You can enjoy the beautiful nature and a walk or have a picnic. There is a long narrow lake where you can unwind.

The Mohamed VI Mosque is located in the avenue Mohamed V in the Centre of Kenitra. The Grand Mosque with green roofs has a superb modern architectural design and high minaret. You can visit the mosque and the contemporary Islamic architecture.

The climate in Kenitra is warm and moderate. Because of its location near the sea are not extremely cold winters and moderate summers. There is not much precipitation in the winter and it is generally not very cold, on the other hand, the mornings and evenings. Are you looking for an active vacation than the winter months are ideal. The summers are not extremely hot, are you looking for a not too hot so holiday than are the summer months of July and August, the best time to go.

Kenitra does not have an airport, the nearest airport is in sale. However, it did a train station, bus network and there are taxis. There are also plenty of opportunities to rent a car.

Morocco has so much beauty and features beautiful spots, more on this next week in the next city!