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OCEAN

DISCOVER THE WILD SHORES OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Morocco is the westernmost country of North Africa and is hence blessed with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coast, stretching some 3000km in total. Much of our focus is the Atlantic, where a handful of fishing villages and small ports offer practical and picturesque places to stay to explore the surrounding coastal regions. The coast is wild in nature, with waves for surfers, and, in places, wind for kite surfing enthusiasts. Essaouira is one of the country’s jewels, Oualidia has a unique character and a touch of Cornwall about it, the Agadir area is a surfing Mecca, and Mirleft and Sidi Ifni are among our personal favourite places to relax in Morocco. Dakhla completes our coastal choices for adventurous visitors who are looking for an off-the-beaten-track wild coastal desert experience.

MIRLEFT & SIDI IFNI

Situated just a kilometre off Morocco’s Atlantic coast, south of Agadir, Mirleft is a friendly and fairly lively blue-and-white village with an interesting souk – the main attractions, however, are the amazing beaches, great surfing opportunities and stunning, wild views of the ocean. Come here to relax on the beach, to make the most of the outdoor activities on offer and to explore the coast or neighbouring Sidi Ifni – a Spanish colonial town with a hint of art-deco. The region is conveniently combined with Tardouant and the Anti-Atlas Mountains and works well for those flying in and/or out of Agadir.

DAKHLA

Just 22km north of the Tropic of Cancer, Dakhla is set on a sandy peninsula on the Atlantic coast. This sunny, southerly outpost offers great aquatic sports such as kitesurfing and windsurfing and has a laidback, welcoming feel. A place to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Accommodation comes in the form of beachside cabins – one of the only places in Morocco where laid back and convivial accommodation spills over onto the beach. The region also boasts white lagoon-side dunes and wild scenic spots where pink flamingoes bathe in the crystalline waters.

EL JADIDA

It’s El Jadida’s old Portuguese medina – a Unesco World Heritage site – that sets this coastal town apart in Morocco. Massive stone ramparts and winding alleys invite visitors to explore and discover centuries of history and current daily life here. The history – coupled with the beautiful beaches – make this an attractive and relaxed destination in Morocco. The walled city and the excellent Iglesia Hotel make a worthwhile overnight stop en route between the cities of Casablanca and Rabat and the coastal gems of Oualidia and Essaouira. A very scenic, well-preserved and atmospheric spot !

OUALIDIA

Oualidia is one of the Atlantic coasts most tranquil retreats. Set around a coastal lagoon and home to some of the country’s finest beaches, Oualidia makes an ideal choice for those in search of peace and quiet, excellent seafood and sublime coastal landscapes. Here the activities tend to involve nature, the beaches and the lagoon, and we would recommend exploring the area and its oyster beds by boat, engaging one of the many boatmen who line the seafront in the village. It is possible to be taken to the far side of the lagoon, where you can relax, picnic and sunbathe, and to arrange to be collected later in the day and taken back into the village, where a seafood barbecue can be set up for you on the beach. Paradise!…

ESSAOUIRA

With its stunning coastline, wide sandy beaches, working fishing port and historic old medina, Essaouira is an incredibly attractive destination in Morocco. Laid back and unhurried, this port town is a great choice for those who want to both relax and rest on the beach and also to explore and experience Moroccan culture and daily life. The town’s street offer un-rushed shopping opportunities and the ever-growing number of good restaurants and bars make it an excellent place in which to wile away the hours. The town’s ramparts afford views over the wild and inspiring Atlantic and the fish market and port are lively, atmospheric places to visit.

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