Morocco is one of the most fascinating destinations in North Africa. The country’s borders stretch from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic coast. With 1835km (1140miles) of coastline, Morocco is a growing destination for European and international travellers and surfers. The coastline offers spectacular long white sandy beaches and dream waves for surfers.
From the Mediterranean Sea, down the West Atlantic coast, Morocco is a year-round holiday destination, and its legendary waves, laid back vibe and hippy atmosphere attract tourists from around the world. Going on a dream holiday on the Moroccan coast, there is plenty to try, from camel riding on the beach, ancient souk stroll, and traditional hammam experience to fresh food and aromatic drinks in boho choc cafes.
We have created a list of 10 best places on the coast of Morocco. Places full of charm, beauty, and laid back vibe, with plenty of activities to enjoy and time to unwind.
Tangier is the northernmost city of Morocco. It’s located at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Tangier has always been Europe’s getaway to Africa and a beautiful blend of cultures that made it a distinctly unique place. The historical mix of North African Berber culture combined with Spanish, Arabic, and French cultures makes Tangier an exotic and very unique place to visit. The city has plenty to offer for travellers – beautiful architecture, unspoiled beaches, and charming cafes with views of both coasts – Mediterranean and Atlantic. Tangier is a perfect summer getaway for families, international surfers, and artists.
Asilah is a quiet town on the northern coast of Morocco. The city has been a Spanish territory for a long time, hence its restaurant menus often consisting of typical Iberian food. Asilah offers perfect tranquil beaches and a relaxing atmosphere. With a wide range of budget accommodation and Mediterranean buildings with white and blue accents, Asilah is a charming coastal town with historical old Medina to explore. The best time to visit is spring or autumn, for perfect weather and to avoid summer crowds.
Essaouira is a perfect getaway to relax on the beautiful Atlantic Coast and hang out in artistic boho cafes. The city has been an important seaport for centuries, with a blend of cultures from different parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Known as the ‘small fortress’ in Berber language, Essaouira is an exceptional example of a fortified town with its ancient Medina. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading point, linking Morocco and Sub- Saharan Africa with Europe and the rest of the world. Essaouira is also an example of a multicultural centre as proven by the coexistence of diverse communities of Berbers, Arabs, Africans and Europeans. Today known for Jimi Hendrix favourite spot, Essaouira’s hippy and laid back vibe with its artistic touch attract travellers from around the world. Essaouira is also famous for surfing, film sets (Game of Thrones, John Wick) as well as the cuisine. Fresh Atlantic seafood at the local restaurant is a must do when visiting Essaouira.
4. SIDI KAOUKI
Located 20 minutes drive from Essaouira Sidi Kaouki is a charming bohemian town made famous by Jimi Hendrix. The towns’ popularity is growing rapidly, bringing international travellers and surfers to its deserted beaches and dream waves. Sidi Kaouki is also a great spot for kite surfers, as the winds are much stronger on the Atlantic coast south of Essaouira. With plenty of budget accommodation and cool vibe cafes located very close to the beach, Sidi Kaouki is a perfect coastal destination offering secluded beaches and plenty of activities from horse and camel riding to quad biking and yoga sessions.
Imsouane is one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets. Hidden by the mountains, around 80 minutes drive from both Essaouira and Agadir, the town is famous for surfing all year round. Imsouane is a dreamy village with unspoiled beaches and dream waves. The towns’ two famous surf spots (La Cathedrale and La Bay) are known for having the longest waves in Morocco, attracting international surfers all year round. This little fishing village offers fresh seafood each morning, to cook yourself or in a chosen local restaurant. Imsouane is a perfect holiday spot to relax in beautiful nature, surf the biggest waves, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets.
6. TAMRAGHT & TAGHAZOUT
Tamraght and Taghazout are small fishing villages on the hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Located 14km north of Agadir, both villages offer one of the best surfing locations in Morocco, attracting tourists from all over the world. Tamraght is much quieter and less touristy than Taghazout, yet both of the villages offers deserted long beaches and perfect surfing spots. Both villages are famous for surf accommodations and classes as well as yoga workshop holidays. Tamraght and Taghazout are both filled with traditional restaurants with delicious local food, as well as artsy boho vibes cafes offering local and European food. The most famous surf spots in the area include Anchor Point, Hash Point, Killer Point, Mysteries, and Panorama. Tamraghts, located south of Taghazout is also known for its banana plantations. Major surf points in Tamraght include Banana Point and Devil’s Rock.
Tiznit is located 100km south of Agadir. This quiet Atlantic town is famous for its secluded beaches, local food and traditional Berber jewellery. Tiznit lies between The Atlantic Coast and the Atlas Mountains. The town offers plenty of local restaurants, riads and budget accommodation. The city’ old walled medina is a centre for Berber jewellery and its souks offer a variety of silver arts & crafts. Tiznit is a perfect spot to relax on the beach, get to know the history of the old Medina and hike around the Anti Atlas Mountains.
Mirleft is a charming town on the Atlantic Coast offering beautiful secluded beaches and wonderful views of the ocean. Known for great weather all year round, Mirleft offers perfect spots for water and windsurfers. The town has also one of the best coastal accommodations south of Essaouira. Mirleft offers great views, hikes, untouched nature and great cafes in the town centre.
A short drive from Mirleft, a little coastal town of Legzira lies hidden between rugged hills and the Atlantic Ocean. The 8 kilometres long Legzira beach is home to famous stone arch. These naturally formed rock formations have been created after centuries of erosion. Legzira town offers a handful of local restaurants and cafes, while the famous long beach attracting para gliders and surfers from all over the world. Legzira is a perfect tranquil spot for the best holiday getaway.
10. SIDI IFNI
Sidi Ifni has been a Spanish enclave up until 1969 hence its Iberian vibe. Sidi Ifni is a relaxed charming town on the south Atlantic coast, with Mediterranean architecture, blue and white themes across the town. With its easy going vibe, long beaches, and local cafes, the town offers a perfect holiday getaway for a truly tranquil, relaxed time in nature and rugged hills around the town. Sidi Ifni is a perfect spot for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. The legendary waves and perfect weather attract travellers from all over Morocco and outside.
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