What do you do for holiday if you are single and away from your family? During the Easter break, I was craving sun, sea and sand. I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf and I just love yoga. So instead of sitting around and stuffing my face with chocolate, I challenged the stigma of traveling alone and took the plunge into a solo adventure.
After a bit of research on surf camps and yoga retreats, Surf Maroc was a no-brainer choice. Direct flights from London to Agadir are less than 4 hours, no time difference and average temperature 26C, plus by far the best value for money option.
Surf Maroc is Morocco’s leading surfing holidays company, incredible service at stunning beachside locations in one of the world’s greatest surfing destinations - Taghazout. It was founded 10 years ago by two Englishmen with “5 surf boards and a few old wetsuits”, nowadays they run over 5 properties and manage a very friendly and efficient team.
- L’Auberge: Just meters from the beach, in the heart of the little village, it offers clean and cosy rooms at an amazing price. You do have an early rise as the sounds from the local fisherman fill the open rooms from 6am. However, surrounded by the best of the basics and a lovely team to paper you, the noise melts away into the background setting the scene for an authentic holiday.
- Taghazout Villa: Located on the water's edge on Hash point, it has nine bedrooms with a cool and beachy deco. The spacious terraces provide the perfect setting for watching stunning sunsets and immediate relaxation.
- Villa Mandala: It is the big and charming sister of the other properties, located on Banana beach with its own dedicated Yoga Centre. The modest surrounding conceal the oasis that awaits you inside the ground. The beautiful terraces, pool looking over the beach and calming atmosphere will make it easy for you to forget the world outside.
You can also try the Killers Bay and Taghazout Apartments in case you are looking for a more private and independent accommodation.
I practically landed on a surf board! As soon as I arrived I was taken to the beach and just after 2 hours of coaching by a very passionate and fun instructor, the charismatic Karim, I was able to stand up on the board. It is a such a fun and thrilling feeling!
I also learnt that the Tagahzout region is blessed with a multi aspect coastline which means on any given day a wide range of waves can be found to suit the whole spectrum of abilities. Luckily 99% of the time there is always somewhere to surf, with multiple options what ever the conditions.
During the winter months ( October - March) the waves that have made Morocco famous come to life and world class surf and leg achingly long rides are a everyday occurrence.
Surfing and Yoga have so much in common: the art of balance and the importance of being present are essential in both practices. The interesting thing is that for both activities from the moment you let go of your fears and stop thinking and start feeling everything flows better.
At Surf Maroc the yoga lessons come with complementary ocean view and it is more of a gentle class suitable for all levels with specific stretches that are a welcome restorative relief after a long day of surfing.
Freshly prepared, local and delicious.
Breakfast consists of fruits, eggs made to choice, Moroccan delights, bread and crepes - sadly they lack of gluten-free options, but my packed lunch respected my wheat-free and dairy-free requirements and all the salads were really yummy with a lean protein ( eggs, chicken, tuna).
Supper was the best meal. Huge salad buffets and generous portions, a real feast! Special mention to the barbecued sardines and chicken, apricot and almonds tagine - which by the way inspired me to bring this special Berbers pan in my hand luggage!
When I could not wait until dinner, Cafe Mouja was my choice for tasty afternoon snack. I brought my own almond milk and still dreaming about the avocado, dates and banana smoothie they made for me.
I love exploring new places and interacting with a different culture. My suggestion if you need a break from surfing is to take one day to visit Paradise Valley and the Agadir Souk ( transport and guide are at an extra cost but totally worthy it)
- Paradise Valley: Unique landscape and impressive gorges. It is a palm oasis beside the Tamraght River in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. After 3 hours of hiking, the rock pools and waterfall looks like a mirage. It is a breathtaking setting!
- Agadir Souk: The best place to source local goodies with a good price. You could spend hours there, but I recommend to stay focused and make sure you buy Egyptian dates; Raw Cactus Honey ( natural medicine, excellent to treat coughs and chest infections); Amalu (the Moroccan Nutella: almonds, honey and Argan oil - its so yummy) and of course Argan Oil for salad dressing and cosmetic use. Look for Youssef, by entrance 2, this is the website http://www.ozlimbio.com and email address firstname.lastname@example.org
I really enjoyed the 5 days I spent in Taghazout, mainly due to the hospitality of the SurfMaroc staff. Special mention to:
- Stephan, the handsome manager of L’Auberge in charge of making things happen, from keeping the cats away to booking last minute day trips, nothing seems to trouble the guy.
- Ellyas, a brilliant surf instructor, who taught me how to have fun surfing, very professional and caring, I will make sure I take his advice with me wave after wave
This was the first time I travelled on my own and I didn’t feel alone as I meet genuinely nice and interesting people and was always busy going from one activity to other. Definitely a destination to revisit!
For more details and prices check out www.surfmaroc.com
Happy & Healthy Holidays!