Holidays to Essaouira and the Coast: an Overview

Just 60 miles to the west of Marrakech is the charismatic coastal town of Essaouira, where a working harbour sits alongside the golden beach.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The near-permanent wind means this is not somewhere to sunbathe, but it's ideal for long (five miles, anyone?) blustery beach walks and kite-surfing.

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Meander along narrow alleyways past busy stalls and donkey carts loaded with oranges, chocolate or the day's catch of fish. Original Travel consultants visit the town on a regular basis to keep tabs on new riad and restaurant openings, so we can suggest the best.

The coast here is also blessed with some of the finest kite-surfing conditions in the world and this hugely popular new watersport is surprisingly easy to pick up. With an enormous beach and a consistently powerful wind, Essaouira offers the perfect environment to learn, and Original Travel has sourced the finest English-speaking instructors, and the latest equipment.

For surfers of a non-kiting persuasion, the break at Sidi Kaouki - just half an hour away - is one of the best on Africa's Atlantic Coast. We can arrange board hire, lessons and transfers.

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