Serving as the capital of Morocco’s Oriental region, Oujda lies just a stone’s throw from the country’s northeastern border with Algeria. It’s famed for its 13th-century mosque, palm-studded parks and atmospheric medina, which can be accessed through the monumental gate of Bab Sidi Abdelouahab.
Things to do in Oujda
Spend an afternoon getting lost in Oujda’s centuries-old medina. Shop for traditional handicrafts in the colourful souks before relaxing on the hidden terrace of Parc Lalla Meriem beneath the medina’s southern wall. To the south lies the pedestrianised Parc Lalla Aicha, where you can picnic beneath the towering palms, enjoy a game of tennis or refresh in the public swimming pool. The on-site cafe serves Moroccan mint tea and light meals.
In the heart of the medina is Oujda’s Grand Mosque, which has been expanded several times since it was founded by Sultan Abu Ya’qub Yusuf in 1296. Its mihrab and ornamental arches are believed to date from the 13th century, while its 24-metre-high minaret was added in 1317. Marvel at the intricately carved woodwork and mosaic tiling, then stay to listen to the call to prayer ringing out across the city.
Occupying a modern building in Oujda’s north is the Galerie d'Art Oujda, where you’ll find both contemporary and traditional Moroccan artwork. It can be visited en route to the Isly Golf Parc, a family-friendly recreational destination that boasts a well-maintained golf course, a swimming pool and a large children’s play area.
Getting around Oujda
Oujda Angads Airport is a 25-minute drive from the city centre and has regular flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Trains connect from several Moroccan cities to the Oujda railway station while both buses and share taxis travel throughout Oujda.