Tamraght is a small town some kilometres up north from Agadir. It is quieter and less famous neighbour of the surfer's and hippie town Taghazoute. One of my favourite places to get some really good winter swell and nice and warm days during the European wintertime; everything packed into the fairytale-like ambience of Morocco.
Tamraght is a small town some kilometres up north from Agadir. It is quieter and less famous neighbour of the surfer’s and hippie town Taghazoute. One of my favourite places to get some really good winter swell and nice and warm days during the European wintertime; everything packed into the fairytale-like ambience of Morocco.
Some surfers and hippies came down to this area during the seventies and left their traces what are visible until today. Especially the town of Taghazoute is well known for its laid-back ambience and you can still find loads of Rasta and (wannabe-) surfer dudes. Easy to find accommodation here; good restaurants with different Tagines (the Moroccan speciality: long-time cooked veggies with meat or fish). You’ll also find surf shops and rental places here. A chill AND busy place.
For those, who like to be off the beaten tracks or just look for something quieter: head for Tamraght. The small village is only about 15 km north of Agadir (from here another 5 km to Taghazoute. You’ll hardly find any tourism activities or restaurants in this town, which makes the village so peaceful, original and quiet. There are a couple of guesthouses and rooms to rent and a surf-shaper, who makes the best repairs in the area (in case you ever smash your board on the reef or rocks).
My friend’s lodge, the “Villa Kahina” is a good place to hang out for some days and also to get information about where to surf, what to do, how much to pay for local products. Check out and contact Marcel on http://www.kahinasurf.com/. If you’re not in the mood to run around for dinner, Hassan will cook for you or organise a fish barbecue on the big terrace overlooking the beaches.
- What to do?
Surf, surf and surf! There are heaps of spots within only a few kilometres coastline around Tamraght. Depending on swell size, direction, wind and amount of people in the water, you just choose within the different spots. You like the reefs? Go for “eleven” or “twelve” next to the sheikhs huge property. The point breaks are numerous: “Bananas” (named after the “Banana-Village” nearby – you’ll know why, if you see it!), “Devil’s Rock” (go and eat the delicious fish plate @ Brahims Restaurant right next to the beach), “Panoramas”, the famous, speedy and real good “Anchor Point”… and up north the spots go on and on.
- Need a break?
Cruise up “Paradise Valley” (east of Banana Village) and chill in the lush and green banana and palm-tree groves. Have a cup of the very, very sweet mint tea (spectacularly poured into your glass) with the old locals hanging in the small cafés.
Go to the souk (the Moroccan market)! There is a small local souk every Wednesday, where you find fruit, vegetables, but also local products like leather sandals, pottery and more. A bigger market (but never as big as the one in Marrakech), you’ll find in Agadir. You might first check prices in a store like “Uni Prix” to get an idea about bargaining. And you MUST bargain! Always try to make the first price, instead of asking “how much”. Learn a few words in moroccon-arabic like “too much”, “how are you?”, “I’m from …”! That helps a lot. Always try to get about 50% off the price from what your dealer wants to get. Note on a piece of paper, what you want to get and compare after your tour through the souk – a good laugh!