El Jadida is a very quiet, dreamy little town that doubles in population over July and August when Moroccans invade the nearby Atlantic beaches. The rest of the year though is ideal for savoring its limited, yet well maintained Portuguese heritage that granted it the UNESCO world site status. Its main draw resides in the lack of tourists, which invites for mingling with the locals. And to that purpose, there's hardly a better place than Riad Soleil D'Orient, right in the middle of a working- class neighbourhood ( their website states they are located in the heart of the old town - it's a typo). Mind you, once you step through the gates, it's a world away from its environment. The seven beautifully apointed rooms are spread around the patio on two floors. Succulent breakfasts are served in the shade of the banana trees. Dinners are surprising, Moroccan with a French twist. The roof terrace offers a 360 degrees view of the neighborhood. Olivier or his assistant, Marie Pierre, are always on hand for advice and attention to detail. A great place to start or end your Morocco tour or a convenient last stop before catching a flight out of Casablanca next day.