We went to Morocco and more specifically Taghazout, just north of Agadir, which is where we flew in to from London, Stansted.
We surfed with Surf Taghazout / Maroc Surf Camp
These two websites appear to be for the same company. As a Digital Marketer I can see the sense in that, rank for different keywords, etc, etc.
They are both are owned by Mohcine Ababssa, who is of Moroccan origin and Maria Teles de Silva, who is Portuguese and met Mochine, her now husband, on a surf camp some 7 years ago.
The package we opted for was c€430 each, of which we paid an initial deposit by Paypal of about €165. We were a little dubious of the security of this, but we needn’t have been. The rest of the money was paid in Euros on our second day.
Our accommodation was a two bed apartment, with a double room and twin with a bunk bed in it. We also had a basic kitchen with gas hob that never worked, though the constant smell of gas lingered in the air, a sink and a refrigerator. We had a perfunctory bathroom, a lounge area with TV that we never used and a balcony with sea views, which was wonderful. The door leading out to the balcony also had a shutter. At night the door remained open, with the shutter closed, except for the last few inches. We could hear the sea at night. I miss that now I’m home. All I get now is the bin men dragging the wheelie bin off the curb at 6:30am.
Included in the price we received 7x breakfast, 5x lunch, 7x dinner.
All meals are served about 200m away at Cafe La Paix.
“Breakfast Complete” as it is known consists of:
- English tea or coffee- you’ll have to ask for cold milk
- An omelette or fried eggs – though he fired eggs are a little on the runny side, so we consistently opted for omelette
- A basket of fresh French bread served with butter, jam and an a uniquely scented honey, which we believed to be eucalyptus
- Fresh (the freshest) orange juice – super sweet
Lunch, as we understood it, could be taken from the cafe in the morning, but this was never necessary for us, as a packed lunch was provided every day on the beach.
- Large, round, flat white bap filled with salad and alternations between chicken, sausage, egg and tuna
- Fresh fruit – oranges, bananas, watermelon, pomegranate
For dinner, we could choose from the menu at La Paix.
- Bread and olives
- Salad for a starter – these were varied including tuna fish salad, carrot and cumin salad and eggplant salad, consisting of fried, battered aubergine
- Main – Anything from the menu excluding lobster. There was a large variety of dishes including pizza, tagine, kebabs, paella, couscous and sandwiches
- Drinks – Anything but alcohol, this isn’t on the menu anyway
Surfing was scheduled as 5 hours for 5 days, with a day off when we wanted. As the week we went (week commencing 3rd September) was right at the start of the surf season, there were no other guests surfing with us. It would have been good to meet some other people, but the local boys were so much fun, this wasn’t a concern by the end of the week. The absence of other surfers in our group meant that surf times were a little more flexible.
Apart from being picked up promptly at 9:30am each day, everything else was quite relaxed, though every day did also start with a run up and down the beach, followed by some old school stretches.
Usually after at least 2 hours in the sea, we would break for lunch. Dependant on the afternoon surf, we would either return to the sea for surfing in the afternoon or read, swim, play bat and ball or just sunbathe. I know Surf Maroc were getting up for 7am surfs, but I enjoyed our ad hoc day. It gave us a little more freedom. However, if you’re going solo, Surf Maroc is probably advisable as you will meet other people. From my understanding they have more British tuition and all eat together. I don’t think we would have changed our holiday though.
We returned to our apartment between about 4pm and 5pm most days. On our day off we went to Agadir.
Other useful information about Morocco
- The native language of Morocco is Arabic, but most signs are also in French. Most people we encountered also spoke some English, but having a basic grasp of French is useful.
- At the time of writing the exchange rate was c11 Dirhams to the Euro and 12.95 Dirhams to the GBP.
- However, you might find it difficult to get Dirhams in the UK. Take some Euros. There are some cashpoints where these can be exchanged for Dirhams and most banks will also exchange them, but you’ll need your passport to do this.
- Though informed that I could withdraw money from my credit and debit cards abroad (Mastercard and Visa Debit respectively), this actually proved to be problematic. The only bank that I seemed to be withdraw money from was the General Societe, in Agadir.
- There is no cashpoint in Taghazout. Get your money out at the airport
- You can barter pretty much anywhere, in the Souk (market), on the beach, in shops. Never accept someone’s first price.
- They drive on the right hand side in Morocco. I found the driving entertaining (I’ve driven in Kenyan), I think my companions found is terrifying.
- If Moroccan’s offer you tea, it’s usually a sweet tea made from dried citrus, mint and apple. It is very refreshing and aids digestion.
- A strict Muslim country, we found it difficult to find alcohol. We bought ours in duty-free before we left. We probably bought a little too much.
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