Situated just three hours from Marrakech and around two hours from Casablanca, Oualidia is a uniquely charming fishing village on the Atlantic Coast. This small, low-key, coastal town is divided into two parts: the bustling village of Oualidia up on the cliffs, and a small resort situated around a beautiful coastal lagoon. In fact, it is this lagoon that makes Oualidia so special, and offers both a wild, dramatic, coastline and calm and serene beaches around its shores. The beaches of the lagoon are usually lined with a small fleet of colourful local motor boats, ready to take visitors on trips to the northern end of the lagoon, home to oyster beds and an exceptionally peaceful landscape. For all fans of fresh catch, lobster and oysters, Oualidia’s handful of good seafood restaurants provide a reason in themselves to visit. That said, if nightlife is your thing then Oualidia is best avoided – it’s a place to relax and disconnect, with little in the way of infrastructure.

Where To Stay

Sultana Oualidia 2

> SULTANA OUALIDIA

The Sultana Oualidia, sister hotel of the famous Sultana Marrakech, is one of Morocco's best places to stay. With a truly privileged location on the Oualidia lagoon, this upscale boutique property is an escape with no competitors. Rooms are decorated in a clean and fresh wood-panelled style and public areas overlook the lagoon. The hotel has an excellent spa. An ideal honeymoon choice. Prices from £300 per night for a double room on bed and breakfast

What To Do

Boat Oualidia

> BOAT TRIPS

There aren't thousands of activities in Oualidia, but that's the beauty of the place. Our top tip is to take a boat trip on the lagoon, visit the oyster beds and have a seafood lunch at the Ostrea restaurant. You can hire a boat cheaply for the day and explore beaches only accessible by this mode of transport.

OUALIDIA

Best time to visit : March / Nov. Population : 5,500 Temperature range : 20-32°C Infrastructure : small hotels and restaurants Environment : coastal lagoon Journey Time : 3 hrs from M'kech