06 Mar Guide to Surfing in Taghazout, Morocco
Taghazout was once a sleepy berber fishing village on the outskirts of Agadir where people made their living off the sea as fishermen. As Agadir’s tourism industry gradually grew and attracted more people over the years, its outskirts got a little more attention and deservingly so. Taghazout was put on the map by few surfer pioneers who saw its potential and value. Over the last 10 years or so, surf schools, surf shops, guest houses, hotels, and everything that goes with a new hot tourist spot sprung up to life. Taghazout now is the fastest growing touristic destination in Morocco and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down yet somehow still feels raw, wild, and untouched.
Beginners can enjoy relatively small waves with little current and if they get confident enough they can always venture inside to catch more challenging waves. The closest airport to Taghazout is Agadir’s main airport, a medium size airport with flights to most major European capitals. From there, to get to Taghazout, you will have to get a Taxi which can be private or shared with other passengers (cheaper option).
For lodging, the best option seems to be going with an all-inclusive package that includes room, surf, and food. Accommodations vary from luxurious to Moroccan standard housing, which can be pretty rough for Europeans and Americans but is very affordable. Establishments such as Surf Maroc provide all-inclusive packages that vary go from $500 a person for 7 days and up. Their Amouage guest house has a pool, a hangout area, and the only bar in Taghazout. Amouage is not cheap but definitely worth the $$ if you can afford it. Surf berber is another establishment that offers all inclusive deals and their accommodations are in generally good condition. Another option for a more conservative budget is renting an apartment or a condo. Apartments and condos for rent are readily available on Airbnb and other booking websites. This is an ideal option fort for larger groups and families. Amenities however are limited and most likely you must arrange your own surf lessons and board rental with a surf shop which is fairly easy to do. A word of warning here, Moroccan standards for housing are quite different than American and European ones, when considering a rental make sure pictures are true representation of the actual place and ask for a video of the accommodation. A nice place we visited was Khalid’s place: Banana Surf. Banana surf’s house is a very well located house in the village of Aourir about 10 Km from Taghazout and very close to one of the most popular surf spots where surf house owner and instructor Khalid will make a surf pro out of you in no time.
Hotels and resorts are also available around the area though none are available in the actual village. Paradis Hotel and resort is a short 5 km passed Taghazout and as the name suggests is quite the paradise and advertises itself as a surf and yoga retreat. Hands down one of the best resorts I’ve been to, this place is very well thought out and designed where the service is top notch and the food is great. But what makes this place great is the staff; Just head down to the surf school and you’ll meet some of the happiest people that will certainly if anything make your day better. Another option is Sol House, a bungalow hotel type that sits at a beautiful section of the beach.
For surfing, you can’t go wrong with any of the surf schools there. Surf Maroc is well established and has very good ratings. Surf Berbere’s school has a very good reputation as well. Prices range between $35 and $25 for a day s lessons and all gear rental, $25 a day for surf guiding, and $15 a day for board rental. Email me for special discounts
For Dining, the menu seems to be fairly similar at all restaurants: Sandwiches, Pizzas, Spaghettis, Salads, and Moroccan Cuisine. Prices vary from $4 to $8 a plate. For a more economical version, there are few places where a tagine costs $2.5 and bowl of soup is less than a $1 and they’re not too bad at all.
Nightly entertainment, not much exists. Paradis has a really nice bar that hosts a surfers party every Tuesday. Amouage’s bar is open daily until 11Pm. Paradis Hotel has a nightly movie playing in open air every night.
Tips: Buy alcohol before you get to Taghzout, either at the airport or at a liquor store in Agadir. Most places have fridges so you will be able to keep your beer cold.
The surf stores in town are pretty well stocked and will carry most surfers needs but do bring your gear just in case.