5 of the best coastal resorts in Morocco

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Thoughts of Morocco inevitably turn towards Marrakech. But there’s a lot more to Morocco than the hectic, land-locked Ochre City. Here are five of the North African Kingdom’s best coastal resorts.

Thoughts of Morocco inevitably turn towards Marrakech. But there’s a lot more to Morocco than the hectic, land-locked Ochre City. Here are five of the North African Kingdom’s best coastal resorts. Our featured image by geographyalltheway.com.

Café Hafa, Tangier, Morocco
Café Hafa overlooks the Bay of Tangier, a favourite of Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Photo by alerumi

Tangier/Tetouan – for artists and surfers

The likes of Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg and Matisse have all hung out and taken inspiration here. The laid back, chic downtown is only a 30-minute drive from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the west (surfers flock to the impressive waves found off Cape Spartel), and the Mediterranean to the east (crystal clear inlets and tranquil beaches are found beyond the Cap Malabata). Small traditional boats sit on the Oued Laou beach, while the Cabo Negro is deservedly renowned for scenic horseback rides.

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View across Dakhla, Morocco
View across Dakhla. Photo by David Stanley

Dakhla – for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies

The bay of Dakhla remains one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets. The region surrounding this little fishing port – known for its sublime blue lagoon and immense sand dunes, ideal for observing migratory birds, seals and dolphins – is slated to be protected as a national park. The predictable winds and constant water temperature of 25°C (77°F) make Dakhla a paradise for wind- and kite-surfers.

View of the city from the port - Essaouira, Morocco
View of the city from the port – Essaouira, Morocco. Photo by AG Gilmore
A market stall in Essaouira, Morocco
Some of the souvenirs on sale in Essaouira. Photo by BernhardFotoAlbum
Shops in Essaouira, Morocco
Shops in Essaouira, Morocco. Photo by hellykelly

Essaouira Mogador – for culture lovers

Essaouira’s seaside citadel and medina are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The sustainably designed, high-end Mogador resort makes an ideal base from which to explore this ancient city.

Mediterrania Saïdia, Morocco
Mediterrania Saïdia. Photo by skilledmoroccan

Mediterrania Saïdia – for families

The next-generation resort of Saïdia, situated right bedside the Algerian border, is known for its beautifully maintained beaches, protected natural environment and shaded parks. The wide-open spaces, long sandy beach and calm waters are ideal for families looking for a mix of relaxation and excitement.

Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca. Photo by palindrome6996
Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco
Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca. Photo by 401k Limits
Prayer room in the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco
Prayer room in the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Photo by kenfeisel
El Hank district, Casablanca, Morocco
El Hank district, Casablanca. Photo by nguy1
Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca street. Photo by mararie

Casablanca – for city slickers

Sleepy beach resorts aren’t for everyone. Enter Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca. Why visit here? Glorious Art Deco buildings; pavement cafes dotted along the palm-tree lined Boulevard d’Anfa; the hustle and bustle of Aïn-Diab Corniche, the city’s premier meeting spot. Pristine golf courses, luxury hotels and yachting are all found in Mohammedia, a short drive along the coast.

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5 of the best coastal resorts in Morocco was last modified: June 6th, 2016 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.