Morocco : Oualidia
Oualidia is a lovely little coastal village set around a fishing port with a beautiful tidal lagoon. It is a great place to come and relax. You can swim in the lagoon and take boat trips across it to the coral spit where the Atlantic crashes in forming caves and rocky coves, and it is popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing among other watersports. The lagoon is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, particularly in the autumn and spring when migratory birds spend time here. Oualidia is famous for its local oysters and shellfish, and there are a number of oyster farms up the lagoon with excellent seafood restaurants.
L'Hippocampe is a small, friendly family-run hotel set in colourful gardens in a brilliant location overlooking the lagoon. Its terrace bar is a wonderful place to relax and watch the local fishermen and the boats on the lagoon. The 21 standard bedrooms are simple, built in bungalow-style, and though nothing special, are clean and comfortable, and more than made up for by the hotel’s location. There is a saltwater swimming pool and you are right on the beach so you can swim in the tidal lagoon. The nearby watersports centre offers various activities including kite-surfing and surfing lessons.