Venture further south from Casablanca and you will find Oualidia with its fabulous lagoon and long sandy beach. This jewel of the coast has a relaxing atmosphere and perfect for families. Long sandy beaches and an incredible lagoon are just two of the main highlights of this coastal town. In the 1950s, King Mohammed V (grandfather of the present king) built a palace on the beach, sadly it is now a ruin overgrown with ivy and araucaria trees. The town has one main street with shops, fruit market and cafes, and a long winding road leading down to the lagoon with seafood restaurants, a few small hotels and several villas. On Saturdays a souk is held in Oualidia. The market teems with farmers bartering over chickens, cooking pans, sacks of flour, olives and spices.
Oualidia is in the centre of one of the richest birdlife habitats in Morocco and an important resting area for migrating birds in Spring and Autumn. The coastal wetlands, sands and saltpans, the jagged reefs and the lagoons of Sidi Moussa and Oualidia shelter a huge range of species - pink flamingos, avocets, stilts, godwits, storks, waders, terns, egrets, warblers and many others.
Surfs up in Oualidia!
The area enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers making it an ideal destination all year round.
Oualidia is safe and fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s playing on the beach, exploring the rock pools or the old pirate caves. For older children surfing, kite-flying, windsurfing, beach tennis and bird-watching are all popular. Surf lessons can be taken from the age of eight upwards. For dry land activities there is a tennis court in the town, mountain biking or quad bikes for hire. Keen walkers can follow the coastal path for miles above deserted grottoes and beaches. You can also head off down the estuary.
Getting around the town of Oualidia is easy as there is just one road in and one road out. Walking to the weekly market and shops is easy where there are food shops, restaurants and banks. Airport transfers from Casablanca airport can be arranged or you may like to hire a car independently from the airport with any of the car rental companies on offer. The driving time to Oualidia from Casablanca is about 2.5 hours. Should you start your journey from Marrakech then the driving time is 2 hours.
Fishing, seafood Fresh caught oysters and spider crab are a speciality here and a perfect accompaniment with a delicious Moroccan salad.
There are many interesting places to visit within striking distance of Oualidia along this spectacular coast from the large town of El Jadida with its excellent 18 hole golf course (50 miles to the north), to Safi (40 miles to the south) which is one of Morocco's most important pottery centres where you can visit the Colline des Poitiers and choose from a mind-boggling array of pottery. It is also about three hours drive to the charming town of Essaouira with its white washed houses, harbour and ramparts around the old medina.
Oualidia is also famous for its oyster beds. At the Parc aux Huitres 007 you can see the oysters being harvested and sample the produce in the waterside restaurant.
For an excellent lunch of fresh squid and seafood try L’Initiale and in the evening visit L’Araignee Gourmande for a feast of fish, ranging from sole, dorade and red mullet. Both of these restaurants can be found at Oualidia Plage.
To find accommodation and luxury places to stay in Oualidia, why not view our villas there or see below.