From Asilah in the north to Laayoune in the south, Morocco’s 1,000-kilometre Atlantic coastline is a succession of blue and white citadels, small fishing villages and wild, sandy beaches. Any Morocco holiday is complimented by adding a coastal experience to your personal itinerary. From Marrakech, one can easily add a few nights in either Essaouira or Oualidia (under 3 hours drive). From Fes one can either head north for Tangier or west to El Jadida, Oualidia or a bit further south Essaouira or the wonderful areas around Agadir. Even southern Morocco can be reached within a five hour drive from Agadir. Not to be missed!
Morocco's premier beach holiday resort and main fishing port, Agadir is a largely modern city. Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1960, Agadir is the place to go if you want clean beaches and first-class tourist facilities. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Agadir competes with the Canary Islands as a winter destination for sun-starved Europeans. Miles of sandy beaches offer windsurfing, sailing and water-skiing, as well as some of the best seafood in Morocco.
Dakhla is an ocean paradise on the edge of Morocco's far southern Sahara desert. Sun and sea-worshippers will love it (Saharan heat and water temperatures reaching 80 degrees year-round), as will surfers, kite-surfers and people who like to fish. A holiday to Dakhla won't leave you disappointed...
With its brilliant blue and white architecture, windswept beach and easy-going charm, Essaouira is a popular excursion for day-trippers from Marrakech. It’s also a great place to kick back and relax for a few days.
Probably the best-known coastal town of Morocco, Essaouira has been occupied over the centuries by the Carthaginians, Romans and Portuguese. Behind the 18th century sea walls are thuya wood workshops, artists’ enclaves and silent alleyways where cats sun themselves and veiled women emerge from studded doorways. The harbour is a photographer’s dream, with fishing nets laid out on the quayside, boats unloading their catches and the smell of freshly-grilled sardines and lobster in the air.
Despite a wave of development, Tangier still retains the raffish charm it enjoyed as an International Zone from 1912 to 1956. Its radiant light, picturesque medina and fine views over the straights of Gibraltar have attracted artists and writers from Matisse to Paul Bowles and the Beat poets.
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We had a fantastic time - thank you so much. We were so grateful that you recommended we do a bit of Marrakech and the Atlas - it was the perfect balance. We loved Les Deux Tours - didn’t want to leave and La Roserie though not as chic made up for it in other ways with such lovely staff, and as ...
Freelance travel writer, Fiona Dunlop, travelled to Southern Morocco with Lawrence of Morocco in April 2013, writing for the Independent.
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