Popular culture has made us believe that nothing more exists in Africa other than deserts, sand, camels, merchants and cities. But the truth is, it also has gorgeous seas which bathe its shores. Namely, the Mediterranean Sea and The Atlantic Ocean which span Morocco’s coasts. The beaches of Morocco are very well looked after and suited to the peaceful swimming of tourists.
There are more than 200 beaches along the Atlantic coast between Tangier and Essaouira. The most crowded are those near to the cities and the least crowded are where you will find the environment is in its purest state. They are also where it is ideal and are the best beaches of Morocco for sports like Kitesurfing, Windsurfing etc to be carried out. More than 120 beaches can also be found on the Mediterranean coast between Tangier and Saïdia. Here, the sea is calm, crystal clear and the beaches are more intimate.
One of the most highly recommended areas and best beaches of Morocco is Essaouira. In fact, we are talking about a tiny city that is also one of the most worthwhile to visit in Morocco. It is where the beaches are full of smooth sand and there are hidden gems, places rich with natural value. It is situated on a small rocky platform which goes far into the sea as a peninsula. It’s worth pointing out that it is a fortified city but that this is not the most striking feature. Its interior is mapped out with streets that are orderly and linear which give it its unique and interesting character. The city has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the port, alongside views of blue boats and harbour activity, you can make the most of grilled and fried fresh fish, made on the spot. In the docks, boats made of wood are constructed using traditional methods. In Essaouira’s precious interior, the square of Mulay el Hassan stands out as the heart of the village, surrounded by cafes and terraces where you can delight yourself as the sun goes down. Also there is The Great Mosque, Siaguin Street, where the silversmiths work and is home to the famous café “L’Horloge” – a performance spot for street artists. You can discover Essaouira here.
Beyond Essaouira, Morocco continues to boast hordes of great beaches, where the nice temperatures and well-preserved conditions coexist to form an idyllic landscape. At the north of the country, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea we discover Martil Beach. What’s interesting about this place is its sheer size, starting at Cabo Negro and ending at Cabo Nazari, tracing along the Moroccan territory the value of relaxing under the sun.
Do you like waves? Then Mehdia is the one of best beaches of Morocco for you. It is located 30km from Morocco’s capital, Rabat, and the unique thing about it is that is it a site regularly visited by surfers from all over the world. This is because it produces such impressive waves! This, joint with the ideal temperature of the water and the safety of the location, makes Mehdia an incredible sporting settlement.
Al Hoceima and Saidia
Also belonging to the Mediterranean coast, Al Hoceima stands out. Here the sea is fresh and calm and the beaches are more intimate. We can’t forget to mention that beaches here are situated facing Andalusia and so can be crowded with Spanish people and university students out to party. An example is Saïdia, it boasts 6km of white sand is the venue for the annual SAIDIA festival. A flock of tourist boats filled with young people reach the shores as they celebrate finishing university – completing the summer by embracing Morocco’s warm September in a place that is bursting with the magnificent culture that captures the essence of the country. .
However, so far we have only spoken of the Mediterranean beaches, whereas the busiest beaches are normally those closest to cities – and that is to say, those on the Atlantic coast. As you travel further south, the beaches get hotter, until you reach Dakhla Bay, where the winds allow for board sports, such as kitesurfing, wakeboarding, surfing and jet skiing.
It is important to mention the beaches of Agadir, which are lucky enough to get the sun all year round. Yes, that’s right, even in winter. Have you ever heard of Father Christmas on a surf board? That’s what happens here! The temperatures don’t drop below 10 degrees all year and bearing in mind the coolness of the sea and the soft South African breezes, it the ideal place to enjoy a warm winter. Truly one of the best beaches of Morocco!!
Has this made you fancy a trip to the beach? Don’t worry about what time of the year it is, it’s always summer here! And with Unitrips we tailor to your travelling needs, so that we can offer you the most tempting opportunities that can be found online. More specifically, in Morocco we carry out 6 flexible tour routes available on several different days in order to provide you with the most exciting and interesting experience of your life. So, will you be joining us? We are waiting for you!
Translated by Nicola Foster