Just 20km north of Agadir, a small fishing village has transformed into a surfing mecca with numerous beautiful spots easily accessible by road, waves to suit all levels and a multitude of easy going ex-pro instructors to fill you with the confidence to catch some gnarly waves. Combine that with mesmerising cultural diversity and yoga verandas complete with sunset views and it’s no surprise the town attracts awesome chilled out people to spend family-style dinners with. This place will leave a lasting imprint on your soul it’s why those who leave, frequently return, or just never leave at all.
The area nestles behind a big cape and brings in persistently good swells and long righthanders. The best time of year for surf is the winter months but beginners will find chest height waves all year round at Anchor Point, Devils rock & panaorama point to name a few. The instructors will seek out the best swells suited to your ability each day and will get you back in time to enjoy a sunset yoga session or a cold beer.
If you’re looking for a place to suit all budgets where you will feel part of the family check out Berbere surf camp. You can combine accommodation with surf or yoga packages, or create a combination to suit you. Complete with their very own café KR; serving up local delicacies mixed with some more international dishes the communal style dining on the roof terrace makes this place a travellers dream.
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Alternatively check out Surf Maroc, a well-established surf and yoga retreat with unique interior design in each of their four stunning locations. Right on the waters edge, it is certainly designed to provide the perfect get away to suit your every need. Spend your day out surfing or relaxing by the infinity pool and check out the excellent yoga classes taking place everyday at 5pm at mandala villas ocean front deck.
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When you get a bit peckish after a great morning surf, check out surf Maroc’s very own restaurants: Café Mouja for excellent vegan and vegetarian options or enjoy their delightful tagine whilst admiring the sunset. L’auberge does Moroccan staples like no other and has a great atmosphere to relax. If you want to venture into the town try Food dar Josephine a charming café run by a French Woman serves great authentic cuisine with kind staff willing to share local knowledge. Be sure to swing by Westcoast for some of the best coffee in town.
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You shouldn’t go to Taghazout without taking a day trip to the beautiful palm lined gorge of paradise valley. 62km from Agadir you’ll find a well marked hiking trail along a river bed. If you are feeling really adventurous, hire a mule and explore until you find the perfect camping spot to stargaze the night away. A further 20km along the winding mountainous road you’ll find Immouzer des Ida Outanane a tiny village with breath-taking views. Go cliff diving at the cascades, enjoy the honey festival or purchase the areas unique argan oil at the souk (running every Thursday). Make sure you hike down the river to the foot of the falls or take the challenging scramble down the path from the back of Hotel des cascades.
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