This May, I made my first (and definitely not last!) trip to Morocco – to a sleepy little fishing village called Taghazout. From the beaming recommendation of a good friend, I knew I had to see this little gem of a village for myself. So I flew from my home in Toulouse, France down to Agadir, Morocco and then took a taxi 45 minutes north to Taghazout.
I booked my stay with Taghazout Surf Hostel and chose their 7-day all-inclusive option. My stay included 7-nights’ accommodation in a 4-bedroom dorm, all meals included, two yoga classes, wetsuit and surfboard rentals, transportation to and from the daily surf breaks, and a day trip to nearby Paradise Valley in the Moroccan High Atlas mountains.
Honestly, my week in Taghazout was nothing short of amazing. From the kindred spirits and gentle souls I met along the way to the knowledge and awareness I gained about Morocco’s rich culture and history, this was undoubtedly one of my most special travel experiences. So, from one travel girl to the next, here are five of my top suggestions for anyone taking a trip to the wonderful village of Taghazout. Enjoy!
1) EXPLORE AND UNLEASH YOUR INNER PHOTOGRAPHER
Wandering around town while taking in and capturing the bright and beautiful colors of Taghazout will turn even the least photo-savvy of travelers into bona fide pros! Walking through the sleepy streets of this little village and quickly winding up on the tranquil beach as the town’s fishermen were bringing in their fresh catches of the morning will forever be etched in my mind. I personally preferred cooler and less-populated early morning strolls to wandering around in the hot and sometimes-crowded afternoons.
2) ENJOY A BREAKFAST SHAKE AT A BEACHFRONT CAFE
Exploring sleepy Taghazout first thing in the morning definitely builds up a little appetite, so when I stumbled upon the adorable patio at World of Waves Surf House, I just had to stop for a healthy and refreshing shake. My choice? The delicious Avocado Milk option mixed with avocado, banana, dates, and milk. Okay, YUM. Good-sized shakes and smoothies run for about 25 dirham (equivalent to around $2.50), so you really can’t beat it! Admittedly, a good portion of my trip’s budget probably went to these tasty little devils, and I’m certainly not complaining!
3) TAKE A TRIP TO PARADISE VALLEY
You can’t come to Taghazout (or anywhere near Agadir) without making a trip to Paradise Valley. The hostel I stayed at, Taghazout Surf Hostel, takes it’s guests once per week, and I can honestly say that it was one of the top highlights of my trip. I’ll admit, when I heard the name “Paradise Valley,” I thought to myself that it wouldn’t be all that great – maybe something kitschy, if anything. But, oh my – how wrong I was! It seems like it should be classified as a wonder of the world or the ultimate hidden gem of sorts. After a 30-minute van ride with the other guests, we hiked for about 20 minutes into the interior valley and were ecstatic to stumble upon the most majestic hidden pools nestled comfortably between rocky cliffs.
Normally, hostels in Taghazout have the option of making a visit to Paradise Valley but if yours doesn’t, it’s such a laid-back town that you could probably pay a few dirham to tag along on another hostel’s trip (space permitting, of course!). Just check with the staff at your own hostel about potentially going with another group.
A few extra tips on making a Paradise Valley trip:
- If you’re a rock and cliff-jumping aficionado, this place is literally your paradise.
- Bring lots of water to stay hydrated. It can get rather hot in the valley!
- If you have an underwater camera, bring it. No questions asked.
4) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SURF AND SAND
Whether you enjoy full-on surfing, or simply wading out into the water, the beaches in and around Taghazout do not disappoint. Sandy bottoms and not many rocks means there’s less to be worried about in the water. My personal favorite surfing beaches were Panorama, which was a 5-minute walk from the main street, and Banana Beach, which was a little bit south of Taghazout by car.
5) SAY YES TO BUYING THAT COFFEE OR MINT TEA FROM THE VENDOR ON THE BEACH
For 10 dirham (approximately 1 USD), you can’t go wrong with this deliciousness, especially after a good surf. Try a traditional Moroccan mint tea sweetened with your choice of sugar or honey or a cozy coffee with the option of milk and sugar. Just thinking about it makes me happy and excited to return!
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