Essaouira is a perfect destination for surfing – & even for kitesurfing actually, there were so many in the water…
You can easily reach the beach from the Medina by foot in about 15 minutes or if you’re too lazy – or too late – to walk, you can also grab a taxi at the city entrance, that will leave you at the beach a couple of minutes later for about 1€.
Essaouira beach is a safe place for surfing & great for beginners, honestly the main problem you’ll have is to avoid kitesurfers.
Plus you can surf all day long, not worrying about tides!
Keen to really improve our surf level, we took some lessons.
I emailed several surf schools before the departure & chose Explora as they seemed to be very professional & also they had great feedbacks on tripadvisor.
& I must say we weren’t disappointed at all!
We had great & fun instructors, we rented there our boards & they have a good equipment & they’re right on the beach.
On the first day the instructor even came to pick us up at our hotel (even though Explora is really easy to find).
They also arrange camels or horses rides on the beach, buggy adventures & surf trips.
And once per week they organize a dinner with all the people staying at the school.
Wanting to explore a bit more the surroundings, we also booked a day trip Sidi Kaouki on our second day in Essaouira.
Sidi Kaouki is a small village about 30 km from Essaouira. It’s really small & so much less touristic. I really liked it.
There’s a long sandy beach with good waves, it’s a good spot but more for intermediate surfers.
We enjoyed a good surf session in the morning, followed by a fish based lunch in one of the restaurants right on the beach & a walk on the shore.
After lunch hubby – who has now become a huge surf lover!! – & I were ready to be back in the water again, but the people who were with us were scared of the stronger waves of Sidi Kaouki & insisted for coming back to Essaouira. Which actually was not a big issue, as we jumped again in the water as soon as we reached Eassouira beach!
We surfed there all the rest of our stay & we really enjoyed it! I wish I could go back so badly right now!!!
On our last day we had previously booked a horse ride on the beach, but we were so
enjoying surfing, that we eventually cancelled it & took another lesson instead. The guy from Explora was so kind that he didn’t even charge us the additional cost as our trip to Sidi Kaouki was shorter than planned.
I can’t really recommend enough Explora if you’re in Essaouira & you’re looking for surfing, kitesurfing lessons or rental equipment or if you’re up for any kind of adventure!
Another great thing about surfing Essaouira is the view. I don’t know you, but, apart from good waves, I really enjoy surfing in a beautiful spot. One of my best memory is a session in Etretat, Normandy, where we surfed at sunset surrounded by those wonderful cliffs…
In Essaouira you can surf looking at the old city on one side & Mogador island on the other 🙂
Not bas as a view right ? 😉
We didn’t only surfed in Essaouira btw, we also ate. A lot. Surfing make one hungry right? And it’s a high calories burning sport… ;p
Anyway, I have a couple of yummy adresses for you, I’ll tell you more tomorrow! 😀