5 good reasons to go to Oujda
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!
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 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.
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!
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