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ESSAOUIRA KITESURFING HOLIDAYS

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Why You'll love Kite Surfing in Essaouira !

  • A culturally interesting place just waiting to be explored when you are not on the water
  • A great spot for confident sailors with strong winds and some waves
  • A variety of tailor made tours to see Morocco can be combined with a holiday in Essaouira

Essaouira Kitesurfing Holidays Overview

Essaouira is a very culturally interesting place, with masses of tradition still remaining throughout the un-spoilt Morrocan charm of the town, port, and beaches.

The fascinating culture combined with the reliable strong winds make Essaouira a great kitesurf holiday destination for both kitesurfers and non kiters alike. On the water the conditions are most suitable for the more confident kitesurfer as the wind is quite strong and there are waves in a many parts of the bay. Beginner and improvers are catered for but it can be that that some afternoons are too difficult at this level.

Planet offer tailor made tours in Morocco to combine the watersports with some of the cultural sites of the country. Please see our suggest tour itineraries for some examples or speak to an expert travel advisor for a personalised itinerary.

Essaouira Windsurfing Holidays Overview

Essaouira is a very culturally interesting place, with masses of tradition still remaining throughout the un-spoilt Morrocan charm of the town, port, and beaches.

The fascinating culture combined with the reliable strong winds make Essaouira a great windsurf holiday destination for both windsurfers and non windsurfers alike. On the water the conditions are most suitable for the more confident windsurfer as the wind is quite strong and there are waves in a many parts of the bay. Beginner and improvers are catered for but it can be that that some afternoons are too difficult at this level.

Planet offer tailor made tours in Morocco to combine the watersports with some of the cultural sites of the country. Please see our suggest tour itineraries for some examples or speak to an expert travel advisor for a personalised itinerary.

The Kitesurfing Spots In And Around Essaouria

Essouira is situated on 4 Km of slightly descending beach, allowing easy launching and learning. The long gentle waves are ideal for inexperienced wave riders.

Further down wind in the bay are bigger waves, measuring between 1 and 2 meters. For more wave spots it's an easy trip to visit Moulay or Sidi Kaouki, a mere 20 minute drive. There you will be confronted with big powerful waves, ideal only for experienced wave riders.

At the northern end of the bay is a flat water spot great for slalom, freestyle, and general speed freaks.

The Wind In Essaouira

The wind in Essaouira predominantly blows cross offshore from the right, directly next to the center, but due to the shape of the bay further downwind it will blow cross shore to cross on.. It is here where the wind and waves are best, and definitely worth sailing down to.

Between 9 and 11 in the mornings are the best time for beginners, and kids as this is before the wind has picked up, and in turn the sea is a lot calmer. After 11 the wind has really begun blowing and is when the more experienced kitesurfers begin to launch. By 12 o'clock the wind has picked up significantly and continues to blow stronger throughout the day, often until sundown, so make sure that a sundown sail is high on your list as Morocco has views of spectacular sunsets!

Activities In Essaouira

The waves make for great surfing in Essouira and at local wave spots.

The shopping in Morrocco is incredible, walking through the alleys you will discover beautifully crafted pots, rugs, glassware, materials, clothes, and much, much more.

Other options are Windsurfing, SUP'ing, boat trips to near by islands with bird sanctuaries, quad biking, excursions into the Atlas Mountains.

Nightlife In Essaouira

The enclosed, foot traffic only, town of Essaouira has alleys upon alleys of unique shops which stay open late into the evening selling beautiful crafts, all available at bartered prices.

There are lots of restaurants, ranging from small and simple ones, to fabulous restaurants offering fantastic seafood and the traditional Tagines (Casseroles). Filled with meat, vegetables, spices, all cooked together in a small clay oven for hours. Highly reccommended is Chez Sam, a seafood restaurant in the port of Essaouira, serving fresh seafood straight from the boats!

Being Predominantly Islamic, you won't be served alcohol with your meal, but you can find a few small bars.

Kids

Essaouira is not the most ideal place for young kids, mainly because of the minimal amount of activities they would be able to participate in. Although the accommodation standard in Essaouira is very good, none of the hotels offer kids clubs or a nanny service. It is a destination suited mainly for teenagers and adults looking to participate in the sports, and are interested in the traditional Moroccan culture.

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