"A peaceful and tranquil retreat, perfect for those looking to escape the hussle and bussle..."
A serene coastal village perched on a natural lagoon in the west of Morocco, Oualidia, is one of the finest seaside locations in the entire country. The geography of Oualidia makes it a breeding ground for oysters hence making this village Morocco’s ‘oyster capital’. The beauty of the lagoon and surrounding area has earnt it favourable comparisons to places like San Tropez, although, to locals it is the oyster capital of the country. This makes it ideal for couples seeking a romantic holiday and peaceful getaway in a peaceful place.
Oualidia Travel Guide
At A Glance:
A picturesque seaside village, it is sandwiched between El Jadida and Safi. It sits on a sheltered natural lagoon, making it one of the best places to swim and relax on the beach in the entire country. It is also renowned for the quality of its oysters and has been nicknamed the ‘oyster capital’ of Morocco and Morocco’s answer to San Tropez. In terms of population it is small with just under 6000 residing there.
Blessed with an excellent climate it makes it ideal for a relaxing beach holiday. It is hot from around April all the way to late October, with the hottest months of June, July and August, averaging between 27 and 30 degrees. It rarely rains there and even January averages around 15 degrees making it an excellent destination throughout the year.
History & Culture
As a small seaside village, it has come to prominence over the past thirty years due to its spectacular surroundings and the quality of the oysters that can be found near it. The nearby town of Safi was inhabited by Carthaginians, before their defeat and conquest by the Romans and it is assumed that Oualidia was as well. It was then ruled by the Almohads and the Portuguese, before becoming a part of Morocco in 1956 upon the country’s independence from France.
As a small seaside village Oualidia does not have many dedicated family activities, although the hotels in the village may operate some. What it does have is absolutely stunning natural scenery, including a gorgeous and safe natural lagoon, where children can play, alongside soft golden sands. The surrounding area is good for hiking and active families are sure to enjoy picking their way down the beautiful coast.
Tours & Attractions
Declared as one of the best places to swim in the entire of Morocco, most visitors will spend the majority of their time on its soft golden sands. It sits on a sheltered natural lagoon, which is ideal for swimming and there are a limited range of watersports on offer in the area. It is also excellent for restaurants, which serve fresh fish and the village’s famous oysters throughout the year. Additionally, the area around it is good for hiking, with several trails winding up and down the coast.
The village has a smattering of local restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood and its many hotels have plenty of bars, but it is not the kind of place you visit for a lively social scene. The best way to spend an evening there is in one of the restaurants enjoying stunning views of the peaceful bay.