Oujda city


You’ll be guaranteed something a little different in one of Morocco’s most unusual cities!

5 good reasons to go to Oujda

The remains of the ancient medina
Travel ten centuries back in time when you walk through the impressive Bab Sidi Abdel Wahab gate, which separates the ancient and modern parts of the city. Stroll the narrow streets of Oujda’s ancient medina and explore the remains of the city’s glorious past, including the Haddada Mosque and its three fountains decorated with colourful earthenware tiles.
The El Knadsa souk
With its chaotic maze of stalls, the El Knadsa souk is a throbbing hub of everyday life in Oujda. Enjoy the wonderful smell of spices and other fragrances as you explore the colourful stalls selling vegetables, meat and fish. You can strike some good deals and spot some one-of-a-kind local souvenirs that can't be found anywhere else.
Lalla Meryem park
Relax in a beautiful park
Lalla Meryem park is right in the centre of the ancient part of the city and opposite Dar Sebti Palace. It’s the perfect, peaceful place to unwind and relax. Both locals and tourists can enjoy a stroll in the park’s tranquil surroundings. But you can also learn a thing or two here, as the park is also home to the Museum of Traditional Weapons.
Oujda near the sea
In the desert or by the sea?
If you are looking to get away from the city, some stunning natural landscapes await. The Mediterranean Sea is about 60 km away. Closer still is the Moroccan desert, where you can embark on an original tour of some timeless landscapes: you might even catch a glimpse of the famous “desert train” from the James Bond film, Spectre. Its official name is the Oriental Desert Express.
The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque, Al Jamaa Al Kabir, rises up over the ancient medina and is the oldest historical building in the city. It was built in 1298 under the reign of Sultan Abu Yaqub Yusuf an-Nasr. The mosque is considered, quite rightly, to be a masterpiece of Andalusian-Moroccan architecture.

To see / do

Culture and history

Art from the Marinid era

The Marinidian Madrasa, founded by Sultan Abu Yaqub Yusuf an-Nasr in the ancient medina in 1335, is well worth a visit. The Madrasa, or Koranic School, is an artistic masterpiece from the Marinid era. It has opened its doors to some of the most famous ulamas (theologians) in Morocco and is still a place of religious education.

The magnificent Dar Sebti palace

Located opposite Lalla Meryem park, it’s hard to miss the stunning Dar Sebti palace, which was built in 1938. The palace is the perfect venue for exciting events, such as exhibitions and receptions. It’s also a cultural centre, and every year, it hosts an Andalusian-Arabic music festival. It’s also home to a research centre for Gharnati music. Definitely one for music lovers!

Moorish architecture

In the new part of the city, there’s another landmark you have to see: the Charif Al Idrissi library founded in 1956. The library is housed in a Moorish-style building, which alone is worth the trip. It was constructed by the city’s Pasha and is also home to the royal cinema. 


Hiking through the forest


Take a beautiful walk through the Moroccan countryside in Sidi Mâafa park, which is less than five kilometres from Oujda city centre. The park is popular both for sport (motocross, mountain biking, running) and relaxation, with its picnic tables and benches. This green space surrounded by cypress, eucalyptus and acacia trees invites you to climb up above the city, as it is located at an altitude of 824 metres!

The Oujda oasis

Just six kilometres from Oujda’s medina, you’ll find the peaceful and calm Sidi Yahya Oasis, a lush, green haven shaded by trees and known for its multicultural history. 
Experience something a little different there by heading to the popular annual moussem (festival).


Gazelle horns

Gazelle horns are one of the most typical pastries of Morocco. Made from sweet shortcrust pastry subtly coated with orange blossom water and crushed almonds, they are delicious with a mint tea. Other sweet treats include almond briouats and chebakias covered in honey and sesame seeds.

Mint tea

mint tea

There’s a whole ritual around serving mint tea at the end of a meal or as a welcome drink, so it would be a real shame not to try a cup! Mint tea is usually prepared by the head of the family and is made using Chinese green tea, sugar and, of course, fresh mint!

Practical information

Flight duration


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1137 km

Average temperature


17°C (max 24°C)


25°C (max 33°C)


18°C (max 24°C)


10°C (max 15°C)

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