Kenitra

If you arc interested in sailing up the Oued Sebou and mooring in the very safe harbour of Kenitra, this would be a superior base from which to make such excursions.

The river is navigable and large freighters are able to transit at high water following transits and buoyage. It is possible to moor alongside the main quay in Kenitra, since there arc rarely more than two or three ships in the port. The quay is high, so look for a place where a ladder has been built into the wall. This port, obviously built with splendid facilities for many more ships than arc now visiting, is consequently very quiet, safe and clean. Friendly police and customs officers arc present and there is a very relaxed atmosphere.

The port gates open into the town which, although not attractive as a tourist destination, has many places to eat out as well as to purchase any supplies needed. All mechanical repair facilities are available here and a small boatyard is located at the end of the port.

History

This small industrial city of some 300,000 inhabitants is especially well known for its history as a military base. Its impressive port was originally developed by the Frcnch in 1913 to replace Larachc, lost to the Spanish in 1911, and for a while it was known as Port Lyautey.

The town, like the port, has a forgotten air about it. This is commonly attributed to the fact that Kenitra was the base for a 1972 coup on the monarchy, which resulted in the withdrawal of financial support for the town. Kenitra is an interesting trip 8M further up the winding river Oued Sebou and is an excellent port to leave your yacht for excursions to Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Volubilis; the magnificent Roman ruins just north of Meknes. Good rail links to these cities are available from the station located a short distance from the port.

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