Oualidia is a coastal city of Morocco Located about three hours northwest of Marrakech and just over two hours southwest of Casablanca. Its wide sandy beaches, its natural lagoon of salt water, its relaxed atmosphere, its pretty whitish houses with lime and its mild climate make it a privileged holiday destination.
In this article we will see the following points:
- What to do
- How to relax and relax
- Where to eat ?
- Or stay?
- How to get to Oualidia
- When to go
WHAT TO DO
1) Swimming, surfing and more
The wide beaches and calm waters of the lagoon are perfect for sunbathing and swimming, and the waves on the oceanic side of the sandbar are ideal for surfing and kitesurfing. Among other fun beach activities include fishing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking.
2) Observation of birds
The lagoon attracts a whole series of birds: flamingos, storks, raptors, mawn, etc. Spring and autumn are the most conducive periods for bird watching because you will see more species and larger groups that migrate in the region. The beach of Sidi Moussa is a particularly conducive place.
3) Explore the city
Oualidia is quite small, so you can easily explore the old town in one afternoon. Visit the fresh weekend market, the Kasbah, whose buildings go back to the early 1600s, and take a look at the aging palace, but grandiose that King Mohammed V (the grandfather of the current king )
Relax and relax
Several Oualidia hotels (see Sultana and Château Eden El Bouh below) are specialized in spa stays, with steam rooms, massage services, etc.
The casual atmosphere of Oualidia and the beauty of natural landscapes make it an ideal place to relax during a honeymoon or spa vacation.
WHERE TO EAT
1) Issa Blanca
This restaurant serves exceptional seafood with a beautiful view of the dunes and a pleasant and romantic atmosphere. They serve generous amounts of grilled and sautéed fish, shrimp, oysters, mussels, sea urchins, squid, cladding, crab and lobster, as well as an excellent paella and good steak skewers and Grilled chicken.
It is a bit out of the way, at the end of the beach road, which is more convenient if you have a car. ISSA Blanca Also has nice bed and breakfast.
2) Gourmet spider
Specialized in fish and seafood, the gourmet spider has a large dining room simply decorated with breathtaking views of the lagoon. The menu is a selection of the coolest daily sockets, including crab, lobster, clams, shrimp, sea urchins, fish, and more!
They also offer delicious orange pie for dessert. Seafood are cool and well prepared, the service is good and the place is close to the city.
3) The beach of Sultana Oualidia
The hotel's restaurant La Sultana offers some of the best seafood in the city - fish, crab, lobster, mussels, etc. - as well as pizzas, bruschettas, tea and Moroccan cookies, and ice cream! The service and the presentation are given special attention, while the magnificent decor inspired by nature and the breathtaking view of the lagoon create an elegant, but relaxed atmosphere. This is the ideal place for a chic lunch or a romantic evening. There is no need to be a hotel client to dine.
4) Ostrea II
Ostrea is a popular place for oysters, fried seafood trays, paella, salads and Moroccan tea. Oysters can not be cooler because there are oyster parks literally in front of the restaurant! The restaurant is simple and relaxed, but seafood are cool and well prepared.
1) The Oualidia Sultana
The Sultana is a small high-end hotel located on the beautiful Lagoon of Oualidia. The suites and cabins are of a brilliant cleanliness and are decorated with wood and stones to create an atmosphere oriented towards nature and a deeply soothing atmosphere.
The hotel offers many luxury services, including massages, a steam room and jacuzzis in the rooms. Conciergerie staff surpassed to make your stay comfortable and help you plan activities such as fishing, horse riding and paddle board.
The Sultana has received several awards from the Moroccan and international hotel industry in recent years, so you can be sure that your stay will be unforgettable.
There is an excellent on-site restaurant, and you do not have to stay at the hotel to eat (although reservations are highly recommended).
2) Dar Beldi
Dar Beldi is a charming family hotel located in the Medina of Oualidia. It consists of three old traditional houses around a lush garden. Each room is full of colors and personality, and the garden is full of pink, purple, orange and yellow flowers and lush green foliage.
The terraces and patios offer the ideal setting for the traditional Moroccan breakfast with fresh bread, eggs, cheese, jam, coffee and tea, and the large doors and French windows flood each piece of light .
The owners are very friendly and do everything possible for your stay to be comfortable and pleasant. Prices are reasonable and the hotel is located a few minutes walk from the lagoon.
3) Chateau Eden El Rouh
This magnificent hotel by the sea offers a beautiful relaxing experience with beautifully furnished rooms in a natural style, breathtaking ocean views, a swimming pool, a large patio, hammam and massage services, and a restaurant on square.
You have the choice between spacious and comfortable rooms, luxurious suites and charming comfortable bungalows. The hotel is ideally located and the staff is friendly and helpful.
4) Hotel L'Hippocampus
This comfortable hotel is located on the lagoon and offers beautiful ocean and coast views, as well as easy access to the beach and superb sunsets.
Lush greenery and flowering plants fill the garden and decorate the patio, where you can enjoy meals at the restaurant - a simple Moroccan breakfast composed of bread, pastries, coffee and fruit juice is included, and traditional dishes Like tajines and grilled fish are available for lunch and dinner.
The rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern and colorful style and are very clean and comfortable - choose from the rooms, suites or apartments. The service is warm and attentive.
How to get to Oualidia
Oualidia is a little apart - a little over two hours from Casablanca and about three and a half hours from Marrakech by car. There are many ways to get there. You can take a big taxi or rent a private transfer from Casablanca to Oualidia; Ask the direction of your hotel in Casablanca how to organize that. The price will be high. You can also rent a car in Casablanca or Marrakech and drive.
A much more affordable way is to take buses and / or big taxis. Oualidia is located on the main road linking El Jadida to Safi (just over an hour from each of these cities). You can therefore find buses and large taxis from one or the other of these cities in Oualidia for about 30-50 dirhams (3-5 euros).
Even if the bus does not stop at Oualidia, you can ask the driver to drop out. It is quite easy to go to Safi and El Jadida since the main transport centers: you can take a bus, train or great taxi for El Jadida since Casablanca, or for Safi (ASFI) from Marrakech.
Once in Oualidia, it's easy to move - you can walk or ride a bike anywhere in the small town, with the exception of some restaurants that are a little apart.
When to go
Oualidia enjoys a mild coastal climate all year round. The summer months from June to September, are hot and ideal for beach activities, but the rest of the year remains pleasant for hikes and walks on the beach, spa stays and tasting of fantastic fruits sea.