15 things to do in Taghazout, Morocco
1- Stroll the narrow streets of Taghazout after your trip
15 things to do in Taghazout : You’ve just arrived at Agadir airport and you’re wondering what to do in Taghazout without getting too tired? This Moroccan village is so small that you can get the most out of it in just a few hours. Taghazout’s narrow streets are an invitation to stroll. They are intriguing not only for their size, but also for the beauty of the houses that line them. So don’t hesitate to take a stroll down them, as they’ll help you quickly discover what’s worth seeing.
As you stroll along, take the time to get to know the locals. Even better, you can sample local dishes or drink a real Moroccan tea or dish to combine discovery and indulgence.
2- Surf in one of Taghazout’s famous spots
Taghazout and surfing are inseparable. It’s the number-one activity on offer on its many beaches. Many experienced surfers and beginners come to this remote Moroccan village just to test themselves against the waves. Taghazout has around ten surf spots. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an amateur or an experienced surfer.
You can even learn to surf at one of the many surf camps open in Taghazout village. These establishments also offer accommodation solutions for those who don’t want to stray far from the ocean.
3- Take a stroll to the skate park a few minutes from Taghazout for some great photos
Still in the spirit of gliding, you can head to the skate park located on a nearby hill in Taghazout after taming the waves. The site is very welcoming, as are the youngsters who play there. They can teach you how to skateboard if you don’t know anything about it. You can also sit back and admire the view from the top of the hill. You’ll appreciate the splendor of the dunes as far as the eye can see, and the natural scenery so common to Morocco. For exceptional photos, this is the place to visit at sunset. The last rays sublimate all the surrounding spaces.
4- Relax and take photos on Taghazout’s beaches
15 things to do in Taghazout: Taghazout is one of Morocco’s most popular destinations. If you’re packing your bags, it’s probably to enjoy its beaches. Farnienter is one of the most popular activities in this part of the country. Even the locals and inhabitants of Agadir spend their vacations along the coast.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches to visit, as there are several to choose from. However, the main one is just opposite the village. You can walk there in just a few minutes to enjoy the joie de vivre, kindness and hospitality of the Moroccan people. They won’t hesitate to invite you over for a game of impromptu beach volleyball. You can also sunbathe, swim or take part in other activities such as boating or photography.
5- Join a Dune Buggy Tour from Agadir or Taghazout after a good night’s sleep
The Dune Buggy Tour may not immediately spring to mind, unless you come across other tourists doing it. This activity allows you to discover the desert from another angle. The tour can start from either Agadir or Taghazout, with a slight difference in price depending on your choice. Some offers include a transfer from the hotel to the departure point and back.
In a buggy that you drive yourself, you’ll wind your way through the dunes and Berber villages. A guide will show you the way throughout the adventure. He’ll also introduce you to driving a real buggy before you set off. With this activity, an adrenalin rush awaits you every step of the way.
6- Take a day trip to the Sahara desert from Taghazout
15 things to do in Taghazout: A safari in the Sahara desert is a must during a stay in Morocco, especially in Agadir or Taghazout. Take a cab to Agadir, just a few minutes from your hotel, apartment or hostel.
A number of local operators organize Moroco tours to discover the splendor of the Sahara Desert. Moroccans also offer to guide you on your escapade, which can sometimes lead to Dakhla, another tourist site. The choice depends on you and your budget, and you can opt for a safari in a Jeep or 4×4. You can also experience the journey on the back of a camel or dromedary.
7- Visit Sus-Masa Nature Park with a guide
For nature lovers, a visit to the Sus-Masa nature park, located 1 hour from Agadir, is a must. The tours on offer allow you to meet Saharan animals, as well as migratory birds for the lucky ones.
A guide will accompany you to explain the nature of each plant and tell you anecdotes about each species encountered. As for activities, the adventurous can opt for a walking tour along specially prepared trails. You can also opt for a 4X4 excursion for greater comfort and distance. Photographers beware! Get your camera ready, for dreamy landscapes await you: cliffs, dunes and beaches.
8- Discover Paradise Valley and at least one natural swimming pool
15 things to do in Taghazout: Paradise Valley is another must-see for nature lovers. It’s considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in the country. From Taghazout, you can get there in just 30 minutes. You can go there on a half-day or full-day excursion. In either case, you’ll enjoy an exceptional landscape. A veritable haven of peace awaits you in Paradise Valley.
Palm trees as far as the eye can see, cliffs, streams and a natural swimming pool are just some of the things that will brighten your day. You can sip a cup of Moroccan mint tea in the shade of a palm tree while enjoying the view.
9- Take an excursion to Essaouira from Taghazout
For a change from the beach and the activities offered by the starred hotels on site, why not take an excursion to the town of Essaouira? It’s over an hour’s drive from Taghazout, but well worth the detour.
One of Morocco’s most romantic cities offers a multitude of activities, starting with a visit to the Medina. The alleyways of this exceptional place allow you to quickly soak up the typical Moroccan atmosphere. You can also visit the city walls of Essaouira, built in the 17th century, and the fishing port. And don’t forget the famous souks, where you can buy handcrafted souvenirs for your loved ones.
10- Go to a hammam or spa to recharge your batteries after a walk by the ocean
The hammam is also one of the must-do activities during a stay in Taghazout or any other region in this part of Africa. There are several addresses close to the village, including one 4 kilometers away. You can get there on foot or by cab. Hammams also offer cab services to pick you up and bring you back.
The principle of the hammam is to relax in a healthy steam bath. It’s a great way to soak away the stress of the day and recharge your batteries for future excursions. For a small extra charge, you can also enjoy a massage for a complete relaxation session.
11- Yoga at one of the hotels in Taghazout Bay, Morocco
Taghazout Bay, a seaside resort in southern Morocco, is a must-see during your stay in the country. It boasts a magnificent backdrop of sand, beach and swimming pool. Here you’ll find a number of Michelin-starred hotels for a luxurious family vacation. These establishments offer a wide range of activities, including yoga. Like the hammam, yoga is a relaxing activity for body and mind. You can recharge your batteries by signing up for aerial, Vinyasa or power yoga classes.
12- Eat local specialities in Taghazout
Whether you’re in Taghazout or Agadir, experience the exceptional taste of typical Moroccan dishes, starting with tagine. This is a Berber recipe consisting of vegetables, meat and sometimes fruit stewed in a dish called tajine. There are also meatless versions for vegetarians. In addition to tajine, you can also order couscous, pastilla or msemen, dishes that are representative of Moroccan culinary culture.
13- Take advantage of activities offered by Michelin-starred hotels
Have you booked a room in one of the region’s Michelin-starred hotels? If so, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of your hotel when the weather is bad or the Taghazout beach is too crowded. What’s more, Michelin-starred hotels generally offer a wide range of activities to keep their guests happy. The swimming pool is a great option for early-morning or late-evening dips. Depending on the establishment, you can also relax in a spa or attend a few yoga or zumba sessions.
14- Visit the souk in Agadir
For your last day in Taghazout, take a trip to the souk el Had in Agadir. It’s set apart from the rest by the modern structure of the building surrounding the market. More than 3,000 shops, in an 11-hectare area, await you for a full day’s visit. Here you can discover the beauty of Moroccan textiles, jewelry and other handicrafts. The visit could be an opportunity for you to find souvenir gifts for your loved ones.
15- Stay in a Riad instead of an apartment or hotel
As everywhere in Morocco, staying in a riad is an immersive and interesting experience. For the duration of your stay, you live in a former Arab palace transformed into a hotel. The decor of the buildings is atypical, with earthenware and statues on the walls. Majestic rooms overlooking an inner courtyard are also on offer, as are dining areas serving local specialties.
15 things to do in Taghazout: Learn to surf
Yes, the quality of the waves here is exceptional, and there’s something for every level: from ultra-pro to beginner. With 300 days of sunshine, the weather is beautiful ALL the time, making it the perfect place to learn to surf! There are over 200 surf schools in the region. Whether you’re looking for a week-long course or just a day lesson, you’ll find what you’re looking for, depending on your budget. If you’re interested, I’ll tell you all about it in this dedicated article where I tried out learning to surf in Morocco!
Strolling through Paradise Valley and the Honey Road
The region isn’t just about surfing, it’s also got a magnificent backcountry! For example, there’s a mountain trail called the Honey Route, which takes you through the Paradise Valley. Basically, you arrive in sunny oases, pass through mountain villages and fields of fruit trees. In short, you’re in for a real treat! Paradise Valley is a bit of a getaway when the Taghazout swell doesn’t promise big surf sessions. But you’ll also come across a lot of locals out hiking.
It’s about an hour’s drive from Taghazout and Agadir. To get there, you can rent a car, go on a guided hike, take public transport, or rent a scooter!
If you’re a sporty type, you’ll be disappointed, as the Vallée du Paradis is a 30-minute baby hike… not enough to risk a muscle strain, but still worth it, regaaaarde :
15 things to do in Taghazout: Eating well
Yes, Morocco is all about good food! So here, you’ll be eating mostly fish… you have to admit, the ocean is right next door! But that’s not all! As the region becomes a little more touristy, some pretty trendy addresses are springing up. So yes, you can eat avocado toast with mint tea! Or break out the umpteenth couscous, but drink a Chaï Latte for dessert! There are also plenty of small, typical and really inexpensive places where you can enjoy a good tajine for 5€… That’s Morocco! Generosity on the plate!
Panorama, TAMRAGHT: Small beach restaurant facing the sea. The dishes are typical Moroccan, it’s not great cuisine, but the food is good and the view is magnificent!
Dfrost Almugar Surf & Yoga Villa, TAGHAZOUT: Superb bar with a lovely Moroccan decor: all cushions, colors and pretty carpets! We come here at the end of the day to drink mint tea overlooking the sea and the sunset!
Les vagues, IMSOUANE: A great little restaurant that’s really cheap (6€ a menu) and has the freshest fish you’ll ever find! It was caught a few hours ago and bought at the market just a few meters from the restaurant!
Munga’s Kitchen, TAGHAZOUT: A pretty hotel restaurant with a gipsy/bobo decor. Great pizzas, salads, pasta… nothing very Moroccan, but perfect if you want a break between 2 couscous/tajines! The plus? The bar where they serve beers and cocktails (quite rare).
Let’s be healing food, TAMRAGHT: A safe bet for healthy eating, the dishes are as beautiful as they are good, and very generous! Tacos, pancakes, bowls, tartines, omelettes… once again, we’re a long way from Morocco in terms of food, but it’s healthy and highly Instagrammable (yes, I can see you coming).
15 things to do in Taghazout: Practical info
2/3 things to know before you go:
15 things to do in Taghazout: Language: We’re in Morocco, but practically everyone speaks French or even English! No language worries here. But it’s nice to arrive knowing a few Moroccan basics: Bonjour/Salam – Au revoir/Bslama – Svp/3afak – Merci/Shokran
Water/food: I didn’t get sick the whole time I was there, but we don’t drink tap water…
Weather/season: the region enjoys a pleasant, sunny and dry climate most of the year. For surfing, the best time to come is in winter, when the surfing season is in full swing in Taghazout and (indeed) all along the Moroccan coast. You’ll find good waves from November to February if you’re experienced! For the rest of us, conditions are good all year round… except maybe July/August, when there’s little swell and temperatures rise!
Prohibitions: As everywhere in Morocco, the Muslim religion is very present. So be careful to respect customs and prohibitions: dress modestly, avoid being drunk in public. Alcohol is heavily taxed in Morocco.
Documents: So close, yet so far… and no, we’re not in Europe anymore! Remember to bring your valid passport, or you’ll be refused entry! No vaccinations required, however.