Oujda is the capital of eastern Morocco, and it deserves to be visited f rom reasons different than other Moroccan cities of about the same size: there are few typical monuments here, but the the activity level, the friendliness, and night life give it a distinct different feel. And not to forget that it also is free from hustlers of any type.
Most of Oujda is new, and owes both its existence and form to the arrival of the French early in the 20th century. At first it was built as a military camp that was involved in controlling the eastern part of Morocco. The city grew up along the roads staked out by the French, and it now houses near half a million inhabitants.
Saïdia is one out of a handful of resorts designed for Moroccans on holiday, but it is a good destinations even for foreigners.
The beach is first class, and as clean as it gets, the city lively, and people easygoing. But with the present situation in Algeria, and with the border no more than few hundred metres away, Saïdia has lost much of its attractiveness.
There is little to see around here, but the traditional folk music festival of August gives the city a distinct attraction, which every year entices a good number of foreign tourists. But by September, the city empties so drastically that you almost can feel the absence of the summer visitors.