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Morocco: a premier kitesurfing destination

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

The Moroccan coast receives year-round trade winds, which are enhanced during the summer by a thermal effect. Between April and September, the winds are the strongest and most consistent.


Journey Morocco designs a custom itineraries tailored to suit the most discerning travelers and kiteboarders, so any time of year is an excellent time to go kitesurfing there.


Stay in a beachfront riad in the historic city of Essaouira and enjoy endless wave downwinders along the bay, or take a weeklong kite and road trip between Essaouira and Dakhla to explore undeveloped beaches, lagoons, and traditional villages. You can also learn to kitesurf or enroll in a freestyle camp in the world-famous Dakhla lagoon.


A great playground and kitesurfing and surfing haven with 3200 kilometers of coastline, Morocco is approximately 14 km from the southernmost point of Europe.


Although Dakhla, Morocco's southernmost city, has recently become a kiteboarding destination and is well known to many kitesurfers globally, there are many other unique kitesurf places in the country that only locals and serious kite trippers are aware of.


Kitesurfing in Tahaddart, Morocco


The mouth of the Tahhaddart river (Oued Tahaddart), which is 20 miles south of Tangier and 8 miles north of Asilah, provides an excellent flatwater lagoon for free-ride and freestyle kiteboarding. Journey Morocco is known for coordinating incredible trips to this lagoon for kitesurfing lessons and free-riding from Tarifa.


If you like, you can also take a bike or walk to the sandbank's edge to access the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean's swell-surfing waves.

There are far fewer windy days in the winter. Therefore spring and summer are the seasons when the spot is most likely to experience winds (thermal, front). You can utilize nearly any wind direction to ride the lagoon; however, avoid using Eastern offshore winds to go out to the wave location.

Remember that there is no surrounding infrastructure for safety, especially outside of the summer, so it is important to come prepared and knowledgable, and with a hand-selected, local expert kite-surfing guide, chosen especially for you, by Journey Morocco.



Kitesurfing in Moulay Bousselham, Morocco


Moulay Bousselham is a little community that primarily comes to life in the summer as a popular beach holiday destination, located roughly halfway between Tangier and Rabat.


The settlement is found at the river mouth of the Merja Zerga Natural Park, Morocco's most significant wetland region and a well-known spot for birdwatching, close to the beach. On the beach side, there is both a sizable, shallow flatwater lagoon and a wave spot.


You get to ride through a protected natural setting while observing birds. Most of the time, there won't be any kiteboarders in sight; instead, you'll mostly only see a few sporadic surfers on the estuary's ocean side.


Kitesurfing in Tangier, Morocco


Due to the Strait of Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains, the northern section of Morocco experiences a lot of wind during the warm month. In both the Mediterranean and Atlantic regions of the region, there are kitesurfing sites.


When the primary Eastern wind is blowing, the same Levante wind as Tarifa, which is only a few miles farther North from this location, you can catch some wonderful freeride kiteboarding sessions despite the scorching days.


If you only have a short time in Morocco, this may be an excellent site to kitesurf. However, if you're driving, you should be able to find parking during the off-season. Just be careful not to leave anything noticeable or priceless in the car.


The primary urban beach in Tangier is located directly along the city's waterfront, to the east of the port and Marina. Even though there aren't any signs specifically prohibiting kiteboarding in the summer, the area should be avoided because of the high volume of beachgoers and swimmers.


Kitesurfing at Cap Spartel / Akachar, Morocco


Morocco's westernmost point, Cap Spartel, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is about 10 miles west of Tangier's city center, close to where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.


In addition to kitesurfing, Cap Spartel is worth the spectacular drive from Tangier over the lush highlands and down the road with breathtaking views of the sea.


Right at the base of the cape is where you'll find the kitesurfing area (South). The sandy, long beach is known as Achakar. Although there is a parking area, getting to the sand will require quite a bit of walking.


The beach faces almost entirely west, making kitesurfing safe in winds from the north, northwest, and west (i.e., Tarifa's Poniente, which is entirely onshore there). Due autumn and winter North Atlantic surges, the area transforms into an excellent wave destination in the fall and winter.


Strong winds of up to 25 km can occur. Weekends are relatively quiet at the location. Accommodations are available nearby Cap Spartel in small hotels, B&Bs, and private rentals.





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