Taghazout: Morocco's Epic Surf Destination
s this year I spent a week in Taghazout, Morocco surfing, I could easily imagine why this place is by many considered their beloved surfing spot. Popular, but not yet overcrowded. Surprisingly, as it could easily contend to “surfers’ little heaven on Earth” title and was listed by National Geographic as one of the best surf towns in the world.
Back in the 60s it was a stopover for many hippie travellers heading towards the south of Morocco. Nowadays, it is still a laid-back fishing Berber village that is home to many wanting to catch a good swell. You can head here any time and any season, as the sun shines here almost 365 days per year. Same applies to waves that you can catch in Taghazout all year long. Die-hard surfers should come here in the peak season, which is December-February and go for the Killer Beach for an ultimate Taghazout surfing experience. Beginners are rather advised to head to Panoramas.
While perfectioning my paddling and standing-up skills, I met many Western Europeans, especially the Dutch, Germans and British that easily mingle here with the locals, who either work as surf instructors, run surf shops, or sell Moroccan handcrafted gems, such as carpets or dishes. All that forms a perfect mix in this surfers’ sanctuary.
There are many surfhouses in Taghazout, but there are few that offer more than just a bunk bed. Surf Maroc is one of them. I did not stay there this time, but was tempted with hot beverages from their Cafe Mouja. Almost every morning I strolled there for a cappuccino or espresso.
What makes it even more special is wonderfully blended surfer hipster style with a Moroccan twist and a bit of luxury. Surf Maroc consists of 5 beachside accomodations, where you have a choice varying from classic hostel rooms to a villa with an outside swimming pool. This year they plan to open a new one, more spacious, boutique-style building that will go under the name Amouage. Do not miss their restaurant L’Auberge, one of the most popular dining places in town, with its Moroccan salon and bougainvillea-sheltered outside seating.
At Surf Maroc you can sign up for surfing lessons, or just hire an equipment, do some yoga, spend your last dirhmas at the clothing shop, or simply cherish an easy morning in a mentioned cafe with a view over the ocean, or join Mexican-themed evenings with music. I highly recommend their delish homemade cookies and cakes and uber healthy salads.
A few meters away from Surf Maroc Cafe Mouja and surf shop another surfhouse – Dfrost Almugar Surfhouse – is located. It does not have its own cafe and restaurant, but can be definitely recommended for the travellers looking for something more affordable and low-key. It also feels very local, as the employees are mostly Moroccan and dinners composed of typically regional dishes.
On the terrace you can also join a sunset or afternoon yoga, but do not overestimate your ‘downard-facing dog’ skills after an active day, especially if you are a beginner – a day of paddling and constant falling into the water and getting back on your board can be very exhausting. One of Dfrost’s high points is its hot tub on the terrace, where you can chill and have your drink after a long day spent in the water.
Written by Asia Trzeciak