Grab your board and get ready to ride the waves – on heavenly, vast empty beaches. I am going to show you why Morocco should be on every surfer’s bucket list.
Morocco is a fascinating, magical and unique country. After all, there’s the colourful Marrakesh, the vast desert and… oh, Morocco, the surfers’ paradise?! I bet you weren’t thinking that, were you? However, there are actually some really cool surfing hotspots in Morocco! Of course, I had to take a closer look and see for myself so I could tell you more about all of this. Who knows, some of you might be passionate surfers? It has always been a dream of mine to get on a surfboard and ride the waves but enough about me, let’s head to North Africa, where it’s all about the oriental surf vibes.
Arabic and Tamazight are spoken in Morocco. However, French is also spoken as the trade and official language throughout the country and English is usually spoken in the coastal regions and in the large cities. You will need your passport to enter Morocco and your travel documents must be valid for at least six months at the time of travelling.
Morocco is a fairly short flight from the UK and it’s best to head for Agadir airport as this is in the centre of the coastline meaning all the surf camps and spots are easily accessible from there. There are even transfers from the airport.
Morocco’s gems – so much to discover
I love countries where there is so much to experience. Countries full of hidden gems. Morocco is a very special country situated in the north-west of Africa, just a few kilometres away from the European continent. It borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. A small fishing village in the south of Morocco called Taghazout is arguably the most popular surf spot in the country, which is just 19 km from the nearest airport in Agadir.
Surfing in Morocco
A warm temperature of 20 degrees prevails in the winter months, providing the perfect conditions to get out on your board and conquer the waves. So while the temperatures are generally cold in Europe at this time, Morroco is the perfect place to escape the European winter. Taghazout is considered a real secret tip for surfers and is on par with some of the other top surfer hotspots of the world! Every year, surfers from all over the world come to the world famous point breaks in Morocco like Hash Point, Anchor Point and Killer Point. Here, beginners, as well as more experienced and professional surfers, can have a great time.
There are lots of surf camps in Taghazoutand Tamraght, in other words, special accommodation for surfers in the form of hotels and guest houses. The surf camps are generally very cosy, family accommodation, which is very affordable, and many camps offer different packages – some of which even include yoga classes. There are surf courses for everyone who wants to learn how to surf, including for more experienced surfers who want to improve even more.
The Surf Spots
There are plenty of surf spots along the coast of Morocco, however, not all of them are suitable for everyone. But don’t worry, I’m going to tell you which spots are best depending on your level of experience. I can promise you one thing, though: every surf fan is bound to find something suitable here.
Surfing for beginners:
Panorama Point is great for beginners as the waves here are perfect for practising. For the more experienced among you, these waves might be a bit too small and calm.
Banana Point is also suitable for beginners as the waves are not so big here.
Beginners can also try Banna Reef. For some beginners, the waves are just about small and calm enough to get to grips with everything.
Surfing for more experienced and pro surfers:
Killers Point, Hash Point and Mystery are the best places for experienced and pro surfers because the reefs create amazing waves. As you can imagine, the waves here are huge and anything but calm! It’s also recommended that you wear foot protection in these places.
Airline conditions for travelling with a surfboard
I have looked up a few popular British airlines that fly to Morocco and their conditions for transporting surfboards. However, if you are unsure about anything, it’s always best to check with the airline on their website, when booking or via the phone.
Easyjet: is one of the most popular budget airlines in the UK and flies directly to Agadir from London Gatwick. With Easyjet, all sports equipment must be itemised separately to the regular hold luggage and you have to pay a small fee to add it to your flight reservation. Easyjet classifies surfboards as “large sports equipment”, which is allowed to weigh up to 32 kg, but limits passengers to just one piece of sports equipment. You can, however, combine the total weight of any hold luggage with the weight of your sports equipment as long as no item exceeds 32kg.
Thomson Airways: this holiday airline company also flies direct to Agadir from London Gatwick. However, there’s not much chance of booking a last minute trip if you plan on taking your surfboard with you. To add sports equipment to a Thomson Airways flight, you will need to call them at least 2 months in advance to pre-book your surfboard onto the flight.
British Airways: although they don’t fly directly to Agadir, our flag carrier and the largest British airline in terms of fleet size, does fly to Marrakesh and a few other cities on the coast of Morocco. Britsh Airways allows you to take surfboards as part of your checked baggage provided that it doesn’t exceed the weight restrictions of 23kg, is no bigger than 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) and is packed in a recognised bag or case to protect it from damage. If it exceeds the weight or size, you will have to pay extra and your item might have to be shipped.
Morocco is an ideal surf destination because…
….there are lots of empty beaches in Morroco
….it has the perfect weather conditions. Feel good weather in winter!!
….Moroccans are very friendly people.
….the cost of living here is very cheap – for a good meal, you can expect to pay a converted price of around €3 in Morocco.
….it’s international. You’ll meet surfers from all over the world here!
So, what about you guys? Have you already been surfing somewhere and can recommend some great surf spots? Or maybe you’ve already been to Morocco to go surfing? I’m excited to hear all about your experiences!