Almost midway between El Jadida and Safi, Oualidia has abundant natural beauty and is a restful sort

of place, except in July and August when Moroccan tourists descend on it in their hordes. New

holiday bungalows are beginning to cascade down the hillside but for most of the year it remains a

chilled haven. Named for the Sadian Sultan el Oulalid, who built a kasbah there in the 1630s, the

town is best known today for its oysters and its restaurants. There are caves, a lagoon, safe

swimming and ample amusement for bird watchers, as the inlets and beaches are much

appreciated by migrating birds in autumn and spring. It is also popular with surfers, and, increasingly,

kite-surfers, who ride the calmer waters in the lagoon.