MOROCCO TRAVEL GUIDE

THE PER­FECT WIN­TER GET­AWAY

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Sand­wiched be­tween the brood­ing At­lantic and the end­less sands of the Sa­hara, Morocco cov­ers an area the size of Cal­i­for­nia and Ne­vada put to­gether. Its 1,100 mile coast­line stretches from the Strait of Gi­bral­tar down to Western Sa­hara, and dot­ted along its vast coast­line are some of the best point breaks in the world. A long-time favourite with Bri­tish and Euro­pean trav­el­ling surfers, Morocco of­fers win­ter sun­shine, cheap ac­com­mo­da­tion and a choice of waves to suit ev­ery­one. It’s the ideal spot to end up on a long Euro­pean road trip in a van after sam­pling the de­lights of France, Spain and Por­tu­gal.

The cli­mate is sim­i­lar to that of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia: bak­ing hot in the sum­mer, com­fort­ably warm in the win­ter. Morocco is a Mus­lim coun­try and it’s im­por­tant to re­spect lo­cal laws and cus­tom. Vis­i­tors should dress mod­estly when walk­ing around towns and vil­lages. It’s fine to take pho­tos of the scenery but don’t take pho­tos of lo­cal peo­ple, es­pe­cially women, with­out ask­ing per­mis­sion first.

Many of Morocco’s best breaks are dot­ted along a 30 mile stretch of south­west-fac­ing coast around the fish­ing vil­lage of Tag­ha­zout, near Agadir. Dur­ing the win­ter months, big north­west swells march down the coast, wrap­ping and peel­ing around ev­ery head­land they en­counter. Thanks to the ge­ol­ogy of the area there are points and reefs al­most ev­ery­where you look. Within walk­ing dis­tance of the vil­lage are half-a-dozen notable spots. Killer Point, the fur­thest north, is a long right which will hold waves up to 15 feet, when it breaks way out to sea. The long walk and even longer pad­dle mean it rarely gets busy (while nearby An­chor Point can be mobbed). The crew in the lineup is a mixed bag of friendly lo­cals and ad­ven­tur­ous vis­i­tors. The break ac­quired its name in the ‘70s when a surfer sup­pos­edly spot­ted a pass­ing killer whale. At six feet, speedy 200-yard rides are the norm. Watch out for the rocks on the in­side.

There are so many op­tions in Morocco it’ll take years to surf the coast­line but here’s a sam­pler of awe­some places that can put you up, feed you and point you in the right direc­tion when it comes to scor­ing epic waves.

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