Taghazout: Taghazout Surf Hostel
Get There: Taghazout Centre, 9 behind West coast restaurant on the left،
Cost: 3080MAD for an all-inclusive week’s package; 133MAD for a night’s bed and breakfast
Free Breaky: Yes
Free Wifi: Yes
Taghazout Surf Hostel is tucked away in one of the tiny alleyways just off the main road of Morocco’s dreamiest surf town. Waves are great all year around but you’ll find the best ones during high season from November until March. The comfortable temperatures of around 20°C at this time make Taghazout a top destination for a sunny getaway from winter in Europe.
This backpackers is one of the budget-friendliest options for a surf trip. An all-inclusive package includes an airport pick-up, accommodation in a dorm, all meals, surfboard and wetsuit rental, surf lessons, two yoga classes a week and a trip to a public hammam. Surfers of all levels, ages and nationalities come here to enjoy the countless breaks in the area. Some of the best surf spots are walking distance (or a camel) from the hostel.
Unlike other surf camps Taghazout Surf Hostel keeps it cozy and only has three bedrooms with the capacity to host 16 guests. The rooms are basic dorms with an ensuite bathroom containing a hot shower and a not always working toilet. Luckily the super friendly staff repair the toilets daily, but if you are really desperate to flush the remains of last nights’ dinner, there’s nothing you can’t fix with a ol’ bucket of water.
The roof terrace with comfy couches and pillows is a perfect place to hang after a long day of surfing. Breakfast and dinner are served here overlooking the ocean. It’s also a great spot for BYO sunset drinks or a cup of coffee or tea (free all day long!). The food is a good mix between western and local dishes: baguettes and pastas for breakfast and lunch and Moroccan delicacies for dinner. Hours before dinner the smell of tajines and taboulehs fill up the staircase and it won’t disappoint – it is truly delish!
Other activities in the area include a trip to the Souk (market) in Agadir, a camel or horse ride on the beach, a visit to the coastal town Essaouira or to Marrakech and a daytrip to Paradise Valley, a lush oasis with waterfalls and cliffs. As for partying: there’s not much of it in Taghazout. On Tuesdays there is a party at Paradise Plague, about 10 minutes out of Taghazout. On Thursdays Solhouse has a generous happy hour with two-for-one draft beers and a bonfire. Head to Agadir for some serious nightlife if hookahs and hookers are what you’re after.
Hobo tip: Don’t forget to stock up your favorite liquor from the duty free shop at the nearest airport – Agadir; Taghazout is a dry town. Take out enough cash at the airport for a week (3500MAD); everything is paid for in cash and the closest ATM is a 15-minute drive away.