Located in the far north east of Morocco 15 km from the Algerian border and about 60 km south of the Mediterranean, Oujda has a real influence of Algerian music and culture. The city has no real major sights of interest, but is nevertheless an important transit point in the east of Morocco.
Although there is some evidence of a settlement during the Roman occupation, Oujda seems to have been under the control of Berbers rather than Romans. The modern city was founded in 994 by the King of the Zenata tribes, Ziri Ibn Atiya, and rebuilt in the 13th century by Sultan Abou Youssef.
Oujda was twice occupied by the French, in 1844 and 1859, and used as a military base to control eastern Morocco. The medina of Oujda is not as traditional as medinas normally are in Morocco. Instead of narrow streets and houses, Oujda offers wide streets and fairly modern houses, a French typical form.
For attractions, visitors to Oujda can head for Saadia, the blue pearl of the Mediterranean, very famous for its 18 kilometres of fine sandy beaches, lined with eucalyptus and mimosa, a sea of a sublime blue, a generous sun and magnificent landscapes. If you love the beach, sunbathing and the sun, this haven of peace will be your paradise.
The area surrounding Oujda provides great excursion opportunities. West of Saidia, discover the mouth of the Moulouya and the superb natural bird sanctuary that will appeal to all birdwatchers. To the southeast, take the road towards the Béni-Snassen mountains. There, travellers are guaranteed a magnificient spectacle – especially in the fantastic Zegzel Gorges with their sheer walls dug out with caves.