Oualidia Hotels & Holidays

Once called ‘Morocco’s best-kept secret’, Oualidia is a fishing village spread around a sheltered, sandy lagoon. There are no sights to see and no souvenirs to buy: Oualidia is a place to swim, sunbathe, birdwatch and commune with nature.  Read more...

 

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Hotel l'Hippocampe Hippocampe Oualidia Morocco beach holiday
5 nights from £ 709 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers   info

A little gem of a hotel in a small fishing village with its feet in the water...

Hotel La Sultana Oualidia Morocco
3 nights from £ 969 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Luxury in a very simple setting on the lagoon of Oualidia.

Holidays in Oualidia in Private luxury house Lagoon Lodge hire Morocco
7 nights from £ 805 per person Based on 18 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers   info

Stunning private house for hire, overlooking the lagoon of Oualidia. Total privicy and relaxation in a luxurious home with full staff.

Villa La Diouana Oualidia Morocco
7 nights from £ 706 per person Based on 10 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers   info

Overlooking the beautiful lagoon of Oualidia on the Atlantic coast, Villa La Diouana is the perfect place to unwind.

Auberge Oualidia Dream
5 nights from £ 731 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers   info

A small, modern and clean hotel offering a stunning view across the lagoon

Surfland Kids holiday Surf Camp in Oualidia Morocco
nights from per person Prices from £375 per child per week (Full board - No flights incl.)   info

Send your kids away to this French run surf camp (sponsored by Quicksilver) for a great holiday for both you and them..!

Quad Biking on the beach in Oualidia Morocco

Quad biking on the beach

£ 14 per hours rental

Take a ride on a quad bike along Oualidia's lovely empty beaches...

Horse riding in Oualidia on the Atlantic coast of Morocco

Horse riding In Oualidia

Enjoy a well run horse riding stables with good horses, equippment and teachers on the sandy beaches and dunes of Oualidia.

Restaurant L'Initiale Oualidia Morocco

Restaurant L'Initiale

Oualidia, Morocco
From £ 15 per person

Fish and other non seafood restaurant near the fishermans beach in the lower area of Oualidia village.

Restaurant L'Ostrea

Fishing, Oualidia, Morocco

L'Ostrea is a seafood restaurant at an oyster farm on the edge of the lagoon in Oualidia.

Restaurant La Sultana Oualidia Morocco

Restaurant La Sultana

Oualidia, Morocco

Oualidia's most luxurious hotel offers its restaurant to non-residents for lunch or dinner.

Surfing holidays in Oualidia Morocco

Surfing Day in Oualidia

From £ 37 per person

Learn to surf waves in the lagoon of Oualidia

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With its mild year-round climate and peaceful beaches, Oualidia is an antidote to the heat and dust of Morocco. The shallow waters of the lagoon are ideal for swimming, surfing, wind-surfing or water-skiing. You can hire a kayak or pedalo or simply hail a pleasure boat to take you for a promenade down the lagoon. Among the marshes and wetlands you’ll spot curlews, flamingos, sandpipers, plovers, stilts and many other migrating species.
Keen walkers can follow the clifftop path for miles above deserted grottoes and beaches. Oualidia is also the centre of oyster production in Morocco. You can sample the oysters, as well as locally-caught crab, sea bass and sea bream, at one of the many waterside restaurants.

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Freelance travel writer, James Stewart, travelled to Oualidia with Lawrence of Morocco in November 2012, writing for the Independent and easyJet in-flight magazine.


It only takes a morning to realise Oualidia isn’t your usual Moroccan resort. Though only three hours from Marrakesh or Essouaria, there are no entreaties to admire craftshops, no big-eyed requests for “un dirham, monsieur”. I almost had to hustle a couple of fresh oysters (the local speciality) from a fisherman.

So, it’s hard to believe Oualidia – a spread of white and blue houses hooked around a lagoon – is currently being touted as Morocco’s St Tropez. Sure it’s a favourite weekend escape for smart Moroccans and in-the-know Europeans. And yes, there’s a frision of French Riviera in summer when holidaymakers sizzle before the breakers on Grande Plage. The arrival of small five-star hotel La Sultana has also introduced boutique luxury (and then some).

Nevertheless, Oualidia is no St Tropez. Not unless that’s the fishing village before Bardot changed everything. Instead it is a coastal escape for connoisseurs, especially out of high season. You’ll do nothing more complicated than eat in fine seafood restaurants and swim; maybe potter down the lagoon in a boat or kayak to spot flamingos, go horse-riding or try surfing the small waves which break in the lagoon.

Personally, I could’ve passed my entire stay on the terrace of L’Hippocampe. Family-run, perfumed by flowers in its garden and the sea directly in front, the small hotel makes up in utterly charming staff and waterfront location what it lacks in luxury compared to La Sultana. There’s a small pool and petanque court but for me the best entertainment was the view from that terrace, especially over breakfast. As manager Muhammed brought warm croissants, eggs dusted with spice, baguettes with jam, fresh juice and coffee, I lost more then one morning simply watching the golden sandflats materialise and vanish with the tide, filling the air with vast drifts of gulls.

That view, those long langurous breakfasts seemed to capture something of the essence of Oualidia. It is a resort to remember how to relax; a place where plenty holds your attention but nothing – and, as importantly, no one – demands it. One morning Muhammed told me he had not left in years. Now that I could believe.

The pearl of Morocco's coastline... Oualidia is a dreamlike place to relax in...