Located 50 km from the Mediterranean coast and near the mountains of Beni-Snassen, Oujda is a crossroads of civilization between Europe and North Africa.
Persecuted by the Romans and the Visigoths in the early Christian era, many Jews settled in the region. From 682, Oujda is occupied by the Arabs.
Oujda is dominated in turn by the Umayyad dynasty, the Almoravids, the Almohads, the Zianides, Merinid and Saadian before being occupied by the Ottomans in 1790, and in 1907 by the French that were installed five years later a protectorate over all the Kingdom of Morocco .
Oujda retains many monuments that really deserve the attention of tourists such as the Medina which covers an area of 25 hectares.
Starting the visit of the medina of Oujda we will look first to its doors as the Bab Sidi Abdelouahab, the “Gateway to the heads” when the Makhzen was hang the heads of the enemies of the city, the Bab Oulad Amran overlooking the street of Marrakech , Bab Ahl Jamel overlooking the Boulevard Mohammed V and the Bab Gharbi.
Inside the Medina protected by its walls you will discover the Kasbah, the souks, the Dar Al Makhzen, Dar Al Bacha, mosques Djamaâ El Kebir, and Djamaâ Heddada Djamaa Sidi Okba, the ancient Medersa Oujda was built in 1335, synagogues and many gardens surrounding these buildings.
Al Jamaa Al Kabir or Djamaâ El Kebir, the Great Mosque, is one of the main monuments of the city of Oujda, built by Sultan Abu Merinid Yaâcoub Yussuf in 1298. Near the Great Mosque admire the Three Fountains.
Near the Medina you will discover the Park Lalla Aïcha an area of 20 hectares. Created in 1935, is a place to relax and meet the people of Oujda.
One of the places most frequented by the inhabitants of Oujda is the oasis of Sidi Yahya with his sources that supply blood to the gardens of Medina, palm trees and oleanders, and the mausoleum of the Marabout Sidi Yahya Benyounès, revered by Muslims and Jews.
Oujda is known for the healing qualities of its thermal waters and we will discover many sources such as the oasis of Sidi Yahya Benyounès or Benkachour source located inside the city, or the source of Al Aagreb 12 km west of Taourirt, the source Fezouane north of the mountains or the Blessed Snassen Source Zaouiat near Sidi Hamza Jerada.
All these sources are known for treating skin diseases, rheumatism and even liver and kidney diseases as is the case for the source Fezouane.
Your stay in Oujda you can bring back some memories from locola crafts such as rugs, blankets, djellabas, caftans and dresses Oujdi.
Tourists can go to Oujda from Europe by landing on Oujda International Airport – Angads located 10 km north of the city.
The city of Oujda in Morocco is twinned with several French cities, Aix-en-Provence, Jouy-le-Moutier, Lille and Sevran, and the Belgian city of Molenbeek.