You don’t have to be Australian, a sun-bleached “dude”, or even a surfer to enjoy this quiet little gem. Most people, including me, go to Morocco for the deserts, the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh or to visit some of the romantic (sounding) cities of Casablanca or Essaouira. Some may venture south to the resort-town of Agadir, which unfortunately feels more Costa Del Sol than Arabian dream. Few, though, will visit Taghazout, a small, quaint village 20km north of Agadir on the main coast road.
There’s not a great deal in Taghazout, and that’s just fine. Surf Maroc’s charming little guesthouse offers idyllic sunsets, gentle waves lapping on the beach below and a bohemian backdrop of white walls, Moroccan rugs and comfy cushions. Book onto any number of the surfing sessions run by the owner. Classes cater for all experience levels, ensuring you are in safe and friendly hands throughout. To unwind, join a yoga class which takes place every day on the beach or do what I did for a few days: read, relax, play board games, take walks along the beach and chat to the like-minded and sociable guests and staff.
In the evenings there are long tables to perch at, while staff serve local and European dishes. Settle in with the other guests and share or listen to stories of “awesome ankle busters” and “surfaris” – I didn’t know what they were talking about then and I don’t know now – but it all sounds rather fun (dude!) Whether you’re a surfer or not, it really doesn’t matter… This place is chilled with an unassuming capital C.
When to go: Autumn is the best time to visit; September is ideal. Accommodation will be cheaper, the beaches almost empty and there will likely be a gentle breeze blowing across the eastern deserts. Always check when Ramadan is taking place – you don’t want to turn up when Morocco’s closed!
How: Fly cheaply to Marrakesh and rent a car, the best way to explore Morocco as roads outside of the cities are easy to navigate and often empty. Don’t waste time in Casablanca or Agadir; spend a night in the desert east of Merzouga, take in Marrakesh for a couple of nights, trek the Atlas Mountains if you’d like and wander the streets of Essaouira – all before looping south to Taghazout for a few nights. If you have time, then the northern town of Chefchaouen with its European feel is also worth a visit.
Most European countries have direct flights serving Marrakesh (book via skyscanner.net).