Oujda, lying almost against the northeastern border with Algeria, makes a relaxing destination to be in this part of Morocco. Those going here will find that Oujda makes a quieter alternative when visiting from down the Rif Mountains or before travelling on to Figuig and the Sahara. Those interested in visiting here can fly to Angads Airport, a port of entry located about 12 kilometres north of Oujda.
Once used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Forces, this airfield had been a busy area during the North African campaign of the World War II. Its location has made it a suitable airfield with an elevation of 1,535 ft above mean sea level. At the end of the war, scheduled passenger services are operated here, which allowed for more convenient travel services in the region, as well as international locations to Europe.
What to see & do
When in Oujda, one will find a number of cultural attractions starting from the picturesque medina with its souks filled with local crafts. Towering fortifications of its kasbah can also be found here, as well as the old medina on the eastern side, which allows visitors to go through an impressive Gothic-style gate called Bab Sidi Abdel Wahab. One will also find in here a mosque that was built at the end of the 13th century, with fountains set against its walls to the right of the mosque's main entrance. Food stalls and street cafes are additionally visible here, making the medina a bustling, but not overly traditional, area of the city.
Those going around can also venture to Central Oudja where there are a few deco buildings left on the side streets. The southern side along Blvd Mohammed V, for instance, features the 1930s clock tower, a fine sandstone mosque, and an impressive structure with French and Neo-Moorish Banque al-Maghrib, before arriving at the Church of St Louis. Those who want to check out some parks will find a pleasant example in Parc Lalla Aicha, a beautiful park to visit. A swimming pool is open here during the summer. In the premises are also a cafe and enough room for tennis and horseriding.
Those going around the area will also find that the Mediterranean Coast and the Rif Mountains makes a lovely destination. Northern Morocco has a beautiful coastline with a mountainous hinterland. Tangier makes a fascinating introduction to Africa. This city is divided into an old walled city or medina, with various medieval alleyways, a kasba, the walled fortress of the sultan, and other historic areas. The Grand Socco is especially amazing, an impressive square with a central fountain.
There is also the Kasbah Museum, which was established in Dar el-Makhzhen, the former sultan's palace. The focus here is on the history of the area from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Some of the highlighted displays here are pre-Roman tools, a sculpture with scenes of a Bacchanalian feast, some pieces of 16th-century jewellery, and more striking artefacts. The Tangier American Legation Museum is an important place to add to the itinerary, as it is the only US National Historic Landmark on a foreign country. Those going here will find a wide range of paintings that will let one view the past of the Tangier through the artists. One of the highlights here is the painting of Scotsman James McBey, who has a hypnotic painting of Zohra, a servant girl, who was then called the Moroccan Mona Lisa.
How to get around within Oudja
Limited information can be found about commercial transport services in Oudja. Those going here, however, can look for rental cars for convenient transfer between the cities, towns, and remote areas in the region. Those who want to take chances can do as the locals do. Buses might be available here, with the times of availability can be regular or erratic, depending on the operators involved in the area of Oudja and the surrounding towns.
How to get there
Those going to Oudja can visit the area via Angads Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Mediterranean, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Jetairfly, Privilege Style, SATA International, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Air Maroc Express, Ryanair, Saudia, Transavia.com France, Travel Service Airlines, and Travel Service Slovakia.
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