“Live is good”
That is what we felt in Taghazout and with its wonderful and charming people. An amazing atmosphere to just let go. Breakfast by the beach, spending the day surfing and enjoying the sunset in the evening.
Taghazout-Argana Bay with its small fishing village Taghazout, is located about 20 km north of Agadir. The town that turned from a hippie secret into a surf mecca and it didn’t lose its charm. The village was famous in the late 1960s as a base for young adventurers for exploring southern Morocco. Sometime hundreds, that stayed in tents or came all the way down from Europe in their camper vans – get out and live in a van.
That’s what inspired us to go. The late 60ties and 70ties hippies to the modern-day hippies waiting for a good wave to surf. And here we go, after a long way touring around from Marrakesh via the Atlas mountain range to Ouarzazate and further to Agadir, we thought it’s time to “hang-out”. Experiencing the easy live of surfing, yoga and a couple mornings playing golf.
Taghazout is a village that offers all you need when in love with ocean, surfing, yoga, a green holiday, camping with international standards, a beautiful 18-hole-golf-course, small seaside cafes and restaurants with a fresh catch of the day, and a mix of Moroccan and Western cuisine.
The call for prayer still wakes you up in the morning and reminds you to get out to see the fisherman going out with their small fisher boats. Later in the day you will meet them at the local fish market when they return with the fresh catch of tuna, sardines, or seabream. All the fisher boats with their beautiful colors are now lined up at the beach front. People are playing beach football in the afternoon, dogs are strolling around, and cats are trying to get some fish from the fishermen. A very picturesque moment.
It’s a small town and thus it didn’t take us long to be known and our names were remembered. The people are amazingly friendly and open to meet or helping you. That’s another magic of this town. Rashid from Ali Baba Surf Shop is one of them … “Hey guys come have dinner with us this evening”. So later this evening we were welcomed at a local restaurant, with a beautiful view, having a family-style dinner for Ramadan with lots of other locals offering us food from neighbor tables.
Things to Do in Taghazout
Surfing and again surfing is the number one attraction here in Taghazout.
There is at least a dozen of surf camps to learn to ride the waves. All with local instructors, cool, and with passion to teach you, and when you are not tired yet from surfing, they will take you out experiencing the local culture.
Taghazout is famous for its waves. The breaks are world famous including Anchor Point, Panoramas, Mysteries, Devil’s Rock, K17, Hash Point (in front of town), Boilers, and La Source.
One can take you on a 2-km ride, from Anchor Point and ending at Panorama’s. It’s for sure an ideal place for all levels of surfing skills.
September to April are the months known for the best surf conditions and waves. The weather is great and the water is still at 21 degrees Celsius. From May to August the conditions are perfect for beginners to learn and to stand up on the board for the first time. The surf instructors will take you along the coast to make sure that you will find good waves also in summer, suited to your ability and will get you back in town in the afternoon.
It is probably because of the surf crowd, that yoga god so popular in Taghazout. Most of the hotels or B&B are offering very good packages combining surfing and yoga. Yes, and it is a great combination to start the day with a good yoga class before going surfing.
Travel up the Coast
Just follow the street up north along the coast line. The landscapes get more rugged and beaches are gorgeous and all for yourself. Further up you will get to the fishing village Imsouane. Very laid back and a good time to get your camera out for some pictures.
A day trip approximately 60 km out to the beautiful Paradise Valley is worth taking. Go hiking on a trail along a river bed or cliff diving into crystal clear pools formed by nature. We were told that some people spend a night out camping. And visit Immouzer des Ida Outanane a tiny village with breath-taking views and buy some of the famous argan oil at the local souk
Eat and hang out in Taghazout
Taghazout offers a relatively good selection of restaurants and cafes. On the seafront and along the main street, such as Cafe Florida and La Paix, Sunset Cafe, and Le Spot for pizzas and snacks. Some of the restaurants are offering traditional Moroccan cuisine and an great atmosphere to hang out.
Surf Berbere Café
with a beautiful view of the town, the beaches and the Atlantic Ocean.
across the beach front with a nice atmosphere, and a good selection of Moroccan and Western food. Nice to hang out after the beach for a bear or smoothie. BBQ on Thursdays with a yummy buffet on the rooftop terrace and live music whilst admiring the sunset.
excellent vegan and vegetarian options or a delightful tagine for at perfect relaxing afternoon after a good day of surfing. It’s run by Surf Maroc. The best time of the day to catch up with what’s happening in the world on internet and write your latest travel stories. Note: live music on Friday nights.
owned by a French couple, a Moroccan European restaurant that serves very delicious food for a very good prize
Where to stay in Taghazout
Salt House Morocco
Is a new established guesthouse, located in the heart of Taghazout Bay in the quiet village of Tamraght. The guesthouse is 3 levels high with a large shared kitchen and spacious living room. The rooftop terrace provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and mountains. Salt House serves you an outstanding Moroccan breakfasts and dinners made with 100% local ingredients.
Yazid has everything in place to ensure your stay is awesome. A guy with an amazing personality and a great surf instructor. We met him on a beach one day when he was teaching surfing. Claire is at hand for all your yogic needs having studied yoga in India and travelled the world experiencing various surf retreats.
Another well-known surf and yoga retreat is Surf Maroc. Well established on the water front with good interior design and a pool. A place to relax, surf and yoga classes taking place every day at the ocean front deck.
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