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Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country located in North Africa. It has a population of nearly 32 million and an area of 710.850 km². Morocco has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Spain to the north (a water border through the Strait and land borders with three small Spanish exclaves, Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera), Algeria to the east, and Mauritania to the south.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco holds vast executive powers, including dissolving parliament. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Assembly of Representatives and the Assembly of Councillors. Parliamentary elections were held in Morocco on 7 September 2007, and were considered by observers as mostly free and fair; although voter turnout was estimated to be 37%, the lowest in Moroccan political history. The political capital is Rabat, and the largest city is Casablanca; other large cities includes Fes, Salé, Agadir, Marrakesh, Tangier, Meknes, Oujda and Tetouan.
Go Surf Morocco is located in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Bananabeach village is a unique spot on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 45 min from Agadir international airport it’s a short hop ( 2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.
EU passport holders with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist purposes. If you hold a passport from outside the European Union we strongly recommend that you check with your nearest Moroccan Embassy.
Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised child care facilities.
Absolutely! Spend Christmas or New Year on the beach in the sun and surf some great waves. Each year we throw a Christmas party and a New Year’s party at one of the venues with all our guests invited. New Year is fancy dress. 09'/10 theme is Tropical.
Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good. There are an abundance of public phones (coin and cards) in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap. There is free wi.fi available. There are also broadband internet cafés.
Absolutely! At all of our locations the services are run at the same high standard with the same friendly hospitable staff, new vehicles and state of the art surfing equipment.
Morocco is an all year round destination for great surf and great weather. Go Surf Morocco is open all year. The summer months (April - October) see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches and reefs on the more exposed north west coast. This is a great time for anyone looking for fun, uncrowded warm water surf. There are some bigger days during this time for those looking for something more challenging. During the winter months the waves, that have made Morocco famous, come to life. There is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco. There are not many places like it in the whole. The region has something for everyone, from ideal beginner waves to challenging reef ledges. Intermediates and those new to the sport should not be put off or worried. Due to the nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, and those looking for something challenging won’t be disappointed. Morocco is blessed with well over 300 days of sunshine a year. Between the months November to February there is a small chance of rain, although statistically it is unlikely. Typical wave size and temperatures.Your choice of wetsuit comes down to personal choice and tolerance. The best all rounder is a 3/2mm full suit.
There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout. The are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well stocked pharmacy. There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection. Alcohol can be bought in Agadir not Taghazout.
There are a few surf shops in Taghazout. They now stock a fair bit of hardware: leashes, wax, deckgrip etc. The surf board and clothing selection is also growing. Most of the shops offer board repairs, they are often great value and of good quality.
Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimming costumes and bikinis are normal on the beach but it is advisable to cover up your arms and legs a bit when walking around town. Shorts, tees and flip flops are the norm. Trousers and jumpers are sometimes needed particularly in mid winter when the evenings can be chilly so warm clothes are a good idea during that period.
Bath towels but not beach towels are available for your stay and you will need to bring your own beach towels.
We understand that some people have special requirements. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need. All guests should be aware that we are in Africa and not all ‘specialized food alternatives’ are available.
It’s really up to you. You can dine on one of the terraces overlooking the surf and enjoy a drink under the stars, get comfy in the salon and watch a film, go and have a mint tea in the village and checkout the scene in this bustling little fishing village or we can arrange taxis for those who fancy checking out Agadir’s night life!
Taghazout and the surrounding area offer a whole range of other activities. If you feel like a break from surfing or for those of you who don't surf then horse and camel riding and quad biking are all close by and easily organized. For those who’d like to relax there are miles of empty golden sandy beaches to discover or you can sunbathe and chill out in the privacy of the villa or your apartment. The souq's of Agadir provide the quintessential Moroccan shopping experience. Two day trips to the ancient city of Marrakech can be organized. The beautiful seaside town of Essaouira is only two and half hours north and is a popular one or two day trip. There is a great market (souq) in Agadir which has all the stuff you would expect in Morocco: an abundance of leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, rugs, carpets, jewellery and clothing. Non threatening haggling is part of the fun! There is also a small market in Taghazout’s village square that sells local wares.
Morocco is on 220 volts with two-pin round plugs.
You can arrive at any time. It is not always possible to have your place ready before 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your room isn’t immediately available, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on whatever service you have chosen. Check out is officially 12pm, but if you would like a later check out, let us know and we’ll do our best.
(Independent Surfer and Apartment stays) We provide airport transfers to and from the airport. From then on you have a hire car at your disposal for the rest of your stay. Please ensure you have the original of a valid EU driving license which must have been held for at least one year. The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and you must not use your mobile phone whilst driving (a fining offense). Police and Gendarmerie checkpoints are based every few kilometers along the routes. Minor infringements will result in your having to make an on-the-spot payment. In Morocco, as in Europe driving is on the right. The main roads around Taghazout are good. In addition, when driving in Morocco, we advise you to drive slowly and carefully as the roads are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please bring roof straps if you have them.
No vaccinations are required for visitors to Morocco and anti-malarial precautions are not necessary. We have first aid equipment along with staff trained in administering first aid. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals and clinics in Agadir. Medical charges will apply according to the treatment received so make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive. There is a well stocked pharmacy in Taghazout which is open everyday.
Among our surf destinations, we have camps catering to different surf ability levels. Whereas some surf camps are suited to first-time and intermediate surfers, other surf trips are exclusive to advanced surfing abilities. for more information, simply contact one of our surf travel experts
Yes, we only work with professional, fully licenced and qualified surf instructors. Nothing is more important to us than your safety in the water. Therefore, we only work with qualified surf instructors who are with you in the water for all of your surf lessons.
Intermediate courses are design for those that have done a beginner course before, have some surf experience and want to improve their skills or simply want to enjoy surfing in a group and in maximum safety. Our instructors will evaluate your current skills and pick up from there... No need to repeat exercise if you don’t need to. Our main concern is safety and that you do progress your surfing skills whilst having a lot of fun!
Water, sunscreen, and towels are the only supplies you will be responsible for on the day of your lesson. Our surf school will provide boards and wetsuits for all of our surfers except for professional surfers who booked for « surf guiding package » ,should certainly bring there own material .