Essaouira & The Atlantic Coast

Why Visit

The Atlantic coast adds a whole new dimension to a holiday to Morocco. Combined with the culture and colour of Marrakech, the jagged peaks and mountain villages of the Atlas or the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara, a visit to this wild and windswept coast peppered with white washed towns and villages makes a wonderful addition to any trip.

Perfect if you want to soak up the sunshine, do some walking, cycling, windsurfing or horse riding.

About The Atlantic Coast of Morocco

Essaouira is a Mediterranean-style fishing port and is located just a few hours west of Marrakech. This delightful fishing port has a wide sandy bay of crashing Atlantic waves and an intriguing network of dusty whitewashed houses, shuttered blue with a myriad of narrow alleyways and secret doorways which occasionally open out into the hustle and bustle of a tiny square.

South of Essaouira is Agadir. Although not to everyone’s taste this busy port does offer a pleasant base for a few days of sun, with sheltered beaches and a spacious seaside promenade that comes to life in the evenings.  

Further north along the coast lies Oualidia, a seaside town set on a picturesque lagoon. Popular with the locals the bay here is famous in food circles for its oyster beds.

  • Spend time exploring the maze of white washed streets in Essaouira
  • Spot flocks of pink flamingos on the lagoon in Oualidia
  • Soak up the views of Agadir from nearby the hilltop Kasbah
  • Take a camel ride on the beach
  • Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, 7th largest in the world and a beautiful building

Beyond the obvious

Head south of Agadir to the Souss Massa National Park. With a landscape of sand dunes, farmland, woodland and coastal steppes this diverse region is a haven for wildlife and birdlife. For true off the beaten track Morocco continue even further south to the coastline bordering Mauritania and the sandy peninsula of Dakhla where kite surfers rule, flocks of migratory flamingo congregate and the scenery is wild and remote.

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