Oujda and around

Founded in the late 10th century, and capital of the Zenata tribe for nearly a century, Oujda then largely disappears from the history books until the 19th century, when it was twice occupied by the French. Then, in the 20th century, Oujda was developed by the French as the capital of Maroc Oriental. The city has a distinctive feel to it, more relaxed than the Rif towns to the west, and with a university and some light industry. Until the border with Algeria was closed, Oujda used to have a flourishing hotel trade. And although there have been moves to reopen the border in recent times few people expect it to happen soon. Oujda has few sights, but it makes a convenient stop before moving on to Spanish Melilla, or planning to journey southwards to Figuig, in the Sahara.

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