Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 2, 2013 5:16 AM Last Post By: jbarte
Jul 29, 2013 10:58 AM
Fishing villagesPlanning a trip to Morocco, end of August.
I'm looking for of small fishing villages on empty beaches which offer little to the package tourist. where there’s nothing to do apart from swim, eat and sleep. Little cafes, restaurants, fish grills... Preferably on the Mediterranean coast, but I'd go any where on the Atlantic side for the right place.
Any suggestion is very much appreciated.
Jul 29, 2013 1:43 PM
1Hi, well theres lots of places that have not yet been set up for package tour tourists
- wat they don't inundate is often inundated with locals who tend to love the beach too.
but anyway I like the beaches up and down the Atlantic coast - with miles of coastline theres numerous small beaches and villages along the way. I have Norwegian/Moroccan friends who come from Norway for the summer each year and they spend most of their time heading off to spend their days at small beaches along the coast - by catching grande taxis that go and up and down the coast road.
- for example Immousouane which we visited a couple of months ago which is a major fishing village (with small huts/housing for the fishermen to stay in) hardly changed (a few more holiday houses but no one on the beaches) since last there a few years ago. the village has 2 beach sides to it which attracts a lot of surfers but its quite a way off the main road so not a lot of people reall get there and theres a lot of space to move. and with lots of fishing boats going out each day the small shops there have seafood and small cafes.
theres also tafadney which is a long stretch of beach but still a locals fishing village - totally undeveloped.
Even walking along from Tagazhout you can walk away from people and the busy village there to be on your own and theres lots more small beaches along the way
bear in mind a lot of rubbish has gone into the water system over the years that has washed up along the coast too. Moroccan beaches are not the cleanest of places though many communities are more conscious of this with their own clean up drives.
ARound Essaouira theres the same thing with long stretches of beaches that haven't had any development. Moulay Bouzektoun is one small village about 20mins north of Essaouira that just has a few houses own by foreigners, a few locals, a surfboard shop and a café/restaurant come small auberge. popular with kite surfers for its excellent waves and not much population
South of Agadir is similar. even down at very lovely Legzira beach where people head to see the hole in the rock theres a complex going up but hardly anyone on the beach when we got there around sunset. One or two small restaurants on the beach.
Aglou is popular but you can make your way along in the northern direction of the fishermans cave huts or south away from much else.
these beaches open to the ocean can be at risk of rips and undertows though so you have to be careful if swimming.
Jul 30, 2013 4:33 AM
2Kiwi, that complex being built near Legzira is so ugly and out of place.
I'm expecting that it will sit empty forever. Very stupid planning.
I would love to go somewhere, anywhere, but it's Ramadan and I think I need to just stay put for another 10 days or so. Weather at Sidi Ifni is lovely right now.
Jul 30, 2013 9:58 AM
3Oued Laou on the Mediterranean coast would meet your criteria. And then further east towards Al Hoceima which is the lovely capital of the Rif region. Take a look at posts #3 and #4 at http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/showthread.php?t=304
Jul 31, 2013 4:29 AM
Jul 31, 2013 10:26 AM
5Thank you Kiwibabe and Tim for your recommendations. They all meet my criteria, and definitely are off the beaten track. So thank you for sharing all this valuable knowledge.
Since I'll stay solo there, Tafdna and Moulay Bouzerktoun seem a little too small.
Now I'm debating between Imsouane and Oue Laou.
Also I'm thinking of Azemmour or Larache. What are your thoughts on those two places??
Thanks again for all your wise advise.
Jul 31, 2013 11:11 AM
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Aug 1, 2013 5:06 PM
11Hi had my first proper visit to Azemmour 3 weeks ago - we passed a stream of locals heading to the beach of Haouzia, which we had stopped to look at on our way up from El Jadida.
A friend of mine bought a house in Azemmour so I guess something mustve got her wanting to splash out there and make that home away from home. Its an old fortress town beside a river with a bit of distance on the other side to the open sea. Lots of old doors around the medina and art around the walls from the annual art festival (much like Asilah).
Do you have the DK eyewitness guide David. I first went to Tafadna/Tafadney a few years on the mention in that guidebook on small places to visit along the coast. don't think theres anywhere to stay there though other than maybe some rooms in fishermans huts.
but Immousouane is lovely.
Aug 2, 2013 5:12 AM
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