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Morocco's best hidden-gem beaches

Would it surprise you to learn that Morocco has a sandy coastline that’s about 1,200 miles (nearly 2,000 km) long?

It punctuated with laid-back port cities and resort cities like Agadir like Essaouira.

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While some are the perfect respite from the bustle of Marrakech, others kick it up with adventure sports. And then others are just beautiful to look at!

Morocco has more than its fair share of stunning beaches, but many tourists are originally drawn to the nation by fantasies of treasure-filled bazaar and moonlit nights nights in the Sahara Desert. There are two coastlines to select from: the laid-back Mediterranean, with its secure swimming beaches and warm water, or the windswept Atlantic coast, with its wild beauty and legendary culture.

Sidi Kaouki Beach, Sidi Kaouki

Sidi Kaouki, a tranquil beach village, is located 25 kilometers (about 15 miles) south of Essaouira. With the same strong coastal winds, this beach is an ideal remedy to Tagharte when the crowds at the larger beach make the waves too crowded.

It is a less crowded, wilder version of Tagharte. Sand dunes, long expanses of sand, and basic amenities like beach chairs and surfboards for rent are available.

Here you can also find the usual horse and camel touts. At low tide, take a stroll to the beach's north to find intriguing rock pools, or continue south to a tiny river where wild flamingos are frequently seen in the winter. If you choose to stay longer, Sidi Kaouki is renowned for its first-rate lodging and authentic Moroccan cuisine with a local flavour.

Martil Beach, Martil

On Morocco's far northern Mediterranean coast is a place called Martil Beach. It is the main draw for the village of Martil and a well-liked weekend escape spot for tourists from Tangier and Tetouan, two adjacent cities. It is a popular destination because of its picturesque promenade and vibrant array of beachside restaurants, stores, and cafés.

In the summer, when tourists from Morocco and Europe visit to take in the carnival atmosphere, the beach is busiest. Come in September or May when the crowds have thinned out but the weather is still warm for a more laid-back experience.

Anywhere you go, the expansive bay will impress you with its white sand beach and views of the mountains, while the warm, tranquil seas are perfect for swimming. 

Taghazout Beach, Taghazout

The unpretentious fishing community of Taghazout, located just north of Agadir, has developed a reputation as one of Africa's top surfing locations. The beach's numerous breaks offer opportunities for novice and expert surfers, including prominent locations like Anchor Point, Boilers, and Immesouane (touted as the longest ride in Morocco).

Don't worry if it's your first time; several surf schools, camps, and businesses offer relatively inexpensive courses. The best surfing season is from September to April, although in the summer, families and travelers alike are drawn to the beach because of the calm atmosphere and safe swimming.

If privacy is important to you, make travel plans as soon as possible because a sizable resort is on the way that will undoubtedly boost tourism.

Legzira, Sidi Ifni

Venture to southwest Morocco and on the shores of the Atlantic; you’ll come across Sidi Ifni. However, it is an atmospheric city in its own right – full of peaceful vibes, Spanish art deco flair and artsy murals- the beaches captivate. They're just lovely and far from commercialized and perfect for long walks. And the rocky cliffs above them are the ideal outpost for admiring a dazzling sunset and the reddish glow of the rocks.

But it’s a brief walk down the cliffs that showcases one of Morocco’s most unique stretches of sand. The magnificent thousand-year-old rock archway formed from years of erosion. Historically, there were two natural stone arches.

While one collapsed in antiquity, the largest still stands tall, as if encouraging visitors to gaze in amazement. You can walk under the arch during low tide and enjoy splashing around in the waves.

Dragon Island Beach, Dakhla

For daring vacationers, the secluded Dragon Island is arguably the best beach location. It is situated in a beautiful lagoon off the Western Saharan peninsular city of Dakhla, which is a disputed region that Morocco now governs.

The island is abandoned and unspoiled by people, a picture-perfect spit of land with white sand shores that plunge out into the azure waters of the Atlantic.

The quickest way to get there is via a two-hour boat trip with Dakhla Attitude, a Dakhla-based tour company. Spend your day exploring, tanning, or searching the seashore for rare shells.

The lagoon is renowned for water sports like kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling. This location hosted the 2018 World Kiteboarding Championships.

Saïdia Beach, Saïdia

Sadia, a vacation town, is situated close to the Algerian border in northern Morocco. Although it's a bit off the usual path for foreign tourists, savvy Moroccans come here in the summer to enjoy the Blue Flag-awarded Sadia Beach.

It is one of the longest beaches in Morocco, clocking in at 8.5 miles (14 kilometers), and thanks to its Mediterranean location, the water is constantly warm.

The weather is generally lovely, even at the height of summer. Work on your tan, swim, or prepare a picnic to eat among the mimosa and eucalyptus groves surrounding the area. While Sa'dia itself has a complete complement of amenities, including a marina, an 18-hole golf course, and a variety of 5-star resorts, Moulouya National Park is located to the west of the beach.

Tagharte Beach, Essaouira

Tagharte Beach, the principal beach of the well-liked vacation destination Essaouira, is situated on the central Atlantic coast of Morocco. It has 6 miles (10 kilometers) of stunning golden sand and is recognised for its cleanliness and water purity by the Blue Flag. Even during peak season, there is room for everyone because there is so much area.

Although there are better swimming beaches on this list and the water is relatively cold, Tagharte has few competitors for fast-paced water sports. Strong winds at Essaouira are well known for providing ideal conditions year-round for kitesurfing, windsurfing, and surfing. Enroll in a lesson, rent a board from a surf shop nearby, or play beach football with the locals. Rides on horses and camels are also available.

Paradise Beach, Asilah

Paradise Beach, also known as Rmilate Beach or Playa de las Cuevas, is the go-to spot for relaxation for visitors visiting Asilah, a fortified seaside town. It is situated at the end of an unpaved road, 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) south of the town center.

Trust Diamond Transfers and Tours to get you there safely. Paradise Beach is worth the effort for its unspoiled, undisturbed beauty, even if there are closer beaches (including Asilah's own town beach); getting there is also part of the adventure. Beach shacks offer cool drinks and seafood tagines during the summer, and renting umbrellas offer shade from the sun. In the off-season, you might be pleased to discover privacy and peaceful solitude. 

Sidi Abed Beach, El Jadida

Consider traveling to Sidi Abed Beach if you're seeking a more uncharted advanture. The closest large city is the port city of El Jadida, which is 40 minutes away by car - Diamond Transfers and Tours knows the way and would be pleased to take you. There are no stores, cafés, or vendors on the beach.

Instead, only a few wooden fishing boats are anchored in the sand and the soft crash of the deep blue Atlantic crashing against the golden shore. There, it's likely that you'll be the lone tourist. Since the beach is so far away, you must, of course, be entirely self-sufficient. Remember to bring lots of water, sunblock, and an umbrella. In one of the few local eateries in Sidi Abed hamlet, you may purchase reasonably-priced authentic Moroccan food.

Oualidia Lagoon, Oualidia

A crescent-shaped lagoon shielded from the Atlantic by two rocky promontories and an average of 320 days of sunshine a year are two of the many blessings the Oualidia enjoys.

Families can paddle, swim, and play all day long on the big swaths of sand that line the lagoon. Additionally, fishermen anchor their colorful boats here, and in the evening, you may try the local catch in one of the village's charming eateries or opulent inns.

The Oualidia Lagoon is also well known as one of Morocco's top birdwatching locations. In the spring and fall, migratory birds from Europe to Africa pause here to rest and feed, and guided boat safaris may provide opportunities to see hundreds of flamingos (amongst other species).

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