The 6 Best Surf Experiences in Agadir, Morocco

Ride the waves in Agadir
Ride the waves in Agadir | © John Seaton Callahan / iStock
Giulia Bottaro

Nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Agadir is perfect for a surfing holiday. The city has been popular with surfers since the 1950s, with water-sports lovers from all over the world now travelling to Morocco to ride its waves while also enjoying the local culture.

Many surfers follow the waves up north to Aourir, Tamraght and Taghazout, where the pace is more relaxed compared to the hustle and bustle of Agadir. These fishing villages were part of the Euro-African ‘hippie trail’ and have maintained a bohemian vibe to them. Here you will find traditional Moroccan venues such as hammams and restaurants where you can enjoy a tagine, but they might be next to a café serving healthy smoothies and vegan food. If the easy-going beach lifestyle is what you’re after, hop on one of the frequent buses from Agadir or share a taxi as the locals do.

Agadir Beach attracts sun lovers all year round

The 10km (6mi) beach is the city’s gem, attracting sun lovers all year round. But there’s much more to Agadir – it’s also home to one of the biggest souks in the whole of Morocco. You could spend hours here, haggling with sellers as you nibble on fresh fruit grown in the African sun.

The surf is best between October and March, when temperatures don’t go above 30C (86F) and the sea is relatively free of swimmers, as Moroccans tend to come for their holidays in the summer months. Whatever surf experience and location you choose, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about Moroccan culture.

Day-long lessons

The surf is best between October and March

If you want to have a go at surfing, but haven’t got much time in the area, book a day-long lesson with a local company. Swell Surf Morocco has its base on Agadir Beach but will pick you up at your hotel to drive where the best waves are, for sessions as short as two hours for groups or individuals.

Surf camp

If you want a relaxed experience, leave the planning for someone else and go for the full package, which allows you to make the most of your holiday through a curated schedule of surf lessons and visits to local attractions. A 20-minute bus ride from Agadir city centre will take you to Aloha Surf Camp, in Tamraght, where you will also get food and accommodation, and make friends along the way.

Surf guiding

Head to quality surf spots with a local expert

For those who already feel comfortable on the board but have never been in the area, Blue Waves Surf House offers surf guiding packages. A local expert will drive you to the best waves and give you guidance if you need, plus, you’ll get to taste typical Moroccan dishes on the beach when it’s lunchtime.

Surf and yoga

Find your Zen in Aourir

A long day on the board will call for some proper stretching, as encouraged by Zen Surf Morocco. The hostel is located in the village of Aourir, famous for its banana trees, and offers yoga lessons on the rooftop overlooking the beach.

Homestay

Unwind at the mesmeric Paradise Valley

If you are not a fan of big groups, a homestay will allow you to recharge on your own terms. Moroccan Surf Journey, also in Tamraght, offers surf lessons and trips to Paradise Valley or the local souks. You don’t have to stick to a timetable, however – you can figure out plans with the host as you go.

Women only

Surf Maroc’s women-only camp runs two or three weeks per month

Girls-only stays are available at Surf Maroc in Taghazout, which provides a surf and yoga package in a villa hosting exclusively women. The surf school is open to everyone, with the women’s camp running two or three weeks per month. Check out the schedule before booking flights.

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