Two things probably come to mind when you think of Morocco: the 1942 film that took place in Rick's Café Américain and the Sahara desert.
Two things probably come to mind when you think of Morocco: the 1942 film classic that took place in Rick's Café Américain and the Sahara desert.
You may think we’re pulling your sea legs when we say great seafood abounds in Morocco. But, Morocco is actually bounded by the North Atlantic Ocean to the East and the Mediterranean Sea to the North. The nutrient-rich waters around the country provide local markets and restaurants with fresh seafood all year long.
Moroccan waters are home to a wide range of fresh catches, including Saint-Pierre (John Dory), dorade (sea bream), merlan (whiting), sardines, crevettes (prawns) and homard (lobster).
Oualidia Lagoon is home to Morocco's small oyster-farming industry. It’s protected from the Atlantic tumult by a naturally formed breakwater. Fringed by golden sands, Oualidia Lagoon boasts the perfect conditions for fishing, sailing, surfing, and swimming. The sleepy village on its shores offers comfortable accommodations and fine seafood restaurants, perfect for short getaways.
Every coastal town has a fish market. If you’re lucky enough to be on the wharf when the fishing boats come in, you’ll find fish mongers cleaning the fish and offering it for sale tout suite (very loosely translated to “Gimme my fish straight from the source right now!”).
Next, we’ll explore what makes Moroccan seafood so famous: Its spice!