Exploring Oualidia, Morocco

Oualidia MoroccoTucked away in a small sleepy fishing village, between the historic towns of El Jadida and Safi, sits a resort that “those-in-the-know” have been flocking to for years.

Oualidia (pronounced “Wa-lid-ee-ah”) overlooks an attractive natural seawater lagoon sitting against the edge of the Moroccan coastline. This Moroccan resort area contains a backdrop of contrasts between its shorelines of fine sand and majestic cliffs.

The lagoon remains serene and tranquil all year long. When compared to its counterpart, separated only by a sand bar, the wildest waves are exhibited by the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of surfers naturally amass to the ocean side paradise seeking to “hang-ten,” while families opt for the lagoon.

Oualidia is a perfect getaway retreat that is considered the optimum in North Africa for its temperate climate. The region enjoys approximately 320 days of sunshine each year. (more…)

Planning a Morocco White Water Rafting Trip

white water rafting paddlesYou’ve wandered the maze-like souks, trekked the sweeping Atlas Mountains, ridden a dusty camel and gorged on savory tajines. Now you’re ready to round out your Moroccan adventure with something completely unexpected: white water rafting. This guide will help you figure out what you need to know while you plan so that you can make white water rafting a safe, fun and unforgettable highlight of your trip to North Africa.

Where to Go

The Ahasanal River in the Atlas Mountains near Tiloguite is the most popular place for white water rafting and is only a few hours’ drive from Marrakech. Rafting trips are usually available in the spring (beginning in March and lasting until June) when the temperatures warm up and water runoff from the Atlas Mountains makes the river fast with class III and IV rapids. (more…)

A Day in Mirleft, Morocco

Beach in Mirleft MoroccoMost people Morocco travel to experience the richness of the culture, cuisine and natural landscape. But when thinking of surfing, Morocco almost never comes to mind. People’s jaws drop when they learn that Morocco’s southern coasts are some of the best surfing spots in the world.

Located on the southern Atlantic coast, Mirleft is a Berber town perched between sea and desert. It is known for its beautiful beaches, unusual rock formations and comfortable weather throughout the year. It is rare when you cannot go for a swim in Mirleft, even in winter. Mirleft, once the secret hideaway of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, is now attracting tourists from all over the world, particularly Europe. (more…)

Water Sports in Morocco

people on the beach moroccoFor many travelers, the epitome of a fun vacation is engaging in different forms of entertainment, including cultural explorations, local nightlife and even recreational water sports. Morocco is no exception.

This North African country sports two beautiful coasts—one fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the other framing the Mediterranean Sea. There is something particularly appealing to people who hope to escape the heat of this exceptionally warm country by submerging themselves in the cool waters at the beach. In the summer months, Morocco’s coastal beaches are flooded with tourists and locals alike.

Many local tourism agencies already understand that there is a market for water sports in Morocco. Thankfully, the country has plenty of great opportunities to engage in all manner of water activities, particularly non-team sports. (more…)