Traveling to Oujda in Morocco is a worthwhile trip. Not only will you be next to Algeria, but also you’ll be able to compare the city to other regions of Morocco, such as the Imperial Cities of Meknes, Fez, Rabat, and Marrakesh.
Like most cities that were apart of the French protectorate, there is a medina (the old city) and the ville nouvelle (the new city).
Each section has its own charm. The better hotels can be found in the new city. The main entrance is called the Bab El Ouabab, which is where a fall festival occurs each year after the plentiful harvest of olives. The French rebuilt the medina, so it’s not as maze-like as the one in Fez, a World Heritage Site.
Exploring the city of Oujda could take the better part of a day and it is recommended to begin near Souk El Ma, which is Arabic for Water Souk, or water market.
Water in the city used to be sold from the irrigation system that can still be seen today.
Now, however, you won’t have to pay for your water, but the area around it, along with covered market, near Place El Attarin is worth seeing.
Getting to and from Oujda is quite easy, by train, plane, or even grand taxi. Oujda is worth a visit, and you will soon realize that its location and distance from other major cities in the country have made it such an important yet distinct part of Morocco.