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As you enter El Oualidia you'll see salt pans at the end of a lagoon. This town is famous for its oysters, and if you visit the oyster parks, you can sit right down and eat them after learning how they're cultivated. (Oyster Park 7 is best.) Turn right in the center of town to reach the beach. El Oualidia's bay must be one of the most beautiful places on Morocco's entire Atlantic coast. The fine sand is gently lapped by the calm turquoise waters of the lagoon, and in the distance you can see the white breakers of the sea. The beach is surrounded by a promontory to the south, a gap where the sea enters the lagoon, an island, and another promontory to the north. Around the corner is a beach that seems wholly untouched: sandy bays and dunes bearing tufts of grass alternate with little rocky hills. The summer months see a large influx of travelers and beach campers here, and thus far less tranquillity.
There aren't many "sights" in El Oualidia, but if you have a car, it's worth taking a drive south along the coastal road from El Oualidia to Essaouira, which has magnificent views, especially in spring, when the wildflowers are out.
El Oualidia at a Glance
Elsewhere in The Northern Atlantic Coast
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