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Oualidia Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Oualidia, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Language Moroccan Arabic
Time Difference 0 hours
Currency Moroccan Dirham
Voltage 220v

Around a two-hour drive from Casablanca or three from Marrakech, Oualidia (pronounced waa-lee-dee-a) is a delightfully sleepy town hugging the sandy shores of a crescent-shaped, tidal lagoon, sheltered by red-sand cliffs from wild Atlantic surf. It is a glamorous weekend hangout and summertime stomping ground for wealthy city dwellers and European expats, with a string of stylish holiday-homes wedged between traditional, blue-shuttered houses. More discerning travellers are following suit – many here for the birdlife of this amazing ecosystem, others to learn how to surf, and others to do nothing at all.


Mosey around Oualidia’s jumble of low-rise, whitewashed buildings, home to a handful of artisan shops and fantastic fish restaurants. Oualidia is known for its oysters and you can learn about local farming techniques on a guided excursion, finishing the trip with a wonderful oyster picnic. Alternatively, embark on a fishing trip along the striking Atlantic Coast, to hook seabass, seabream, squid and conger eel, or stay lagoon-side for skate, black seabream, scorpionfish, mullet and more. Back on land, Saturday’s street market brings local villagers and donkey carts filled with olives, spices, seasonal fruits, vegetables, handmade pottery and furniture – a brilliant spot to soak up the atmosphere of authentic Moroccan life.


In spring and autumn, Oualidia is a haven for birdwatching, its lagoon and tidal wetlands teeming with migrating pink flamingos, waders, storks, egrets, avocets, stilts and warblers. Be sure to book a birdwatching safari around the lagoon’s shallow waters for a front-row seat of this truly fabulous spectacle of Mother Nature.


Walk the quarter-mile loop around the mesmerising lagoon, looking out for local oystermen and the ruined summer palace of King Mohammed V, or head into the calm lagoon waters for sailing, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding. On each side of the breakwater sits a safe, sandy beach, a perfect base from which to enjoy water-sports such as windsurfing and surfing – a professional surf school caters for all abilities, including beginners and children. Otherwise, opt for an exhilarating outing on horseback to explore Oualidia’s golden beaches and rugged countryside.


Oualidia is blessed with a sun-kissed climate for most of the year, though the hottest months are July and August when temperatures can rise to 30⁰C. November is classed as the rainy season, while January tends to be the coolest month, with temperatures ranging from 8 to 19⁰C.

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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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