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Oujda is the largest city in eastern Morocco, with a modern facade that belies its millennium-old age. Despite its heritage, it receives very few foreign travelers. The reason for this is found on the map: it was once the busiest border crossing with Algeria, making it popular with traders and tourists alike. When the border closed in 1995, Oujda's economy took a major hit. However, recent tourism development along the nearby Mediterranean coast, and the consequent rise in importance of the airport, are having a positive knock-on effect. In addition, Oujda's university remains a mainstay of the economy and the city’s intellectual life.

Despite few attractions, it’s hassle-free so you can catch your breath after heading down from the Rif Mountains or before traveling on to Figuig and the Sahara.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Oujda.