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Kitesurf holiday in Essaouira

Morocco: Kitesurfing in Essaouira

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+ NEW in 2015: The KiteWorldWide Riad
+ Great atmosphere in the old town of Essaouira

+ High wind probabilty
+ KiteWorldWide Guide on site

+ Safe beginners spot with shallow area
+ Great for  wave beginners and advanced wave kiters, lots of different spots
+ Nice hotels for different budgets

New for 2015: The KiteWorldWide Riad! Live together with only KiteWorldWide guests in an unique atmosphere. On top we have set up new packages and have a KiteWorldWide Guide on site.

Lots of you have heard about surfing in Morocco. It’s kind of a tradition there. The epic wave spot “Moulay” started getting popular after a wind surfing movie. The first “real” kitesurfing competition was supposed to have been on the beach here in 1997. And people say that Pete Cabrinha and the Wipikas were there, too.

Anyone who would like to experience something else than the Canary Islands or Egypt, will be rewarded with a great wind statistic, an almost unbelievably long sandy beach without any obstacles or rocks, an awesome kitesurf infrastructure with an experienced, friendly team. On top of that, you’ll be able to visit around half a dozen other spots for different ability levels all within 30 min., experience Mediterranean-Arabian flair incl. great food and excellent accommodations all at affordable prices.

Also besides kitesurfing, Essaouira has a lot to offer. For instance the beautiful Medina with its smell of spices and thuya wood mixed with the smells of sea air. Next to that the sound of drums from the gorgeous souvenir shops and the hustle and bustle on the market… The Medina is full of color and character! Some even say this is the most picture perfect and quaint Medina in Morocco! And the best of all, no cars are around.

In this city, even Jimmy Hendrix partied it up and sang about his “Castle made of Sand”.

We’ll see you in Essaouira, ‘inshallah’!

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Kitesurf in Essaouira

Kitesurf Spot

The Essaouria Bay is the first destination for everyone—beginners and advanced kitesurfers alike! A huge, ca. 4 km long and up to 800 m wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach with wind from the right is the basic ingredient for a prefect kitesurf vacation. From April to October, the strong, dependable winds, strengthened by thermal effects, are accompanied by reduced swell and, therefore, smaller waves. During this period, the wind comes down out of the north and is side shore or side onshore. Since the bay is bent, it is especially safe, because you always end up back on the sandy beach without any obstacles. Further out you’ll find waves with regular intervals, so you always have time to prepare for the next run. It’s even perfect for wave beginners. And halfway up the bay is the KiteWorldWide partner kitesurfing center.

A little way south downwind is a river mouth with excellent conditions for freestyle.

About half an hour north, you’ll come to the wave spot “Moulay”. At high tide, this spot is only for experts. With powerful waves several meters high together which start on the cliffs, underwater reef and strong current, you should definitely know what you’re doing and be prepared for your kite not surviving if you drop it – we’re speaking from experience…

Sidi Kaouki – ca. 20 min. south of Essaouira – is another awesome wave spot. Very strong winds in the summer that are increased by a jet effect here will keep your 6m² kite in the air and hit the heart of the shaft groove. In between, before and after, are a number of other spots we would love to show you once you arrive.


KiteWorldWide Packages

Just like in many other KiteWorldWide Destinations, we offer you the no-worries packages for your kitesurfing journey to Essaouira.

Apart from “only” kitesurfing, many other services are included to make your stay just awesome.

Service includes:

+ Kite Course as booked
+ Accommodation as booked
+ Free use of SUPs and Surfboards
+ Moroccan Berber Dinner (incl. food and soft drinks)
+ BBQ Evening on the KiteWorldWide Riad Rooftop Terrace
+ Use of kite center and kite infrastructure
+ KWW Guide on site
+ Tourist Taxes

Kitecenter

Our partner kitesurf center run by Sara and Nasser, an English woman and her Moroccan husband, is right on the beach. Nasser has worked for a well-known kitesurfing school chain in different destinations for over a decade. But when the schools started losing quality due to poor management, he decided to open his own kite station in his home country.

You’ll meet lots of new people quickly and go out with them in the evenings for dinner and some fun. The kite and surfing instructors are up for anything and would love to show you “their” Essaouira. So, it’s not strange for you to go with the whole group to the market or out to eat in a traditional Berber “restaurants” where they prepare everything on the grill. Then, you’ll enjoy your meal on a balcony with a beautiful view of the historic district before you continue on. Either to a bar or right to bed – so you’re ready for the next day of wind and water.

Courses / Gear

Kitesurfing courses

The center is, naturally, VDWS certified and works according to international standards.

Kitesurfing gear

New equipment from the current season from North Kiteboarding and BEST as well as professional instructors guarantee quick progress.


Beginner Package

  • Accommodation in booked category
  • 12 hours beginners  course
  • Kite Equipment for the rest of your stay
  • VDWS exam and license
  • Free use of SUP’s and Surfboards
  • Moroccan Berber Dinner (Incl. food and soft drinks)
  • BBQ Evening on the rooftop terrace of the KiteWorldWide Riad
  • Use of kite centre and kite infrastructure
  • Launch and landing service
  • KiteWorldWide Guide on site
  • Tourist Taxes


Intermediate Package

  • Accommodation as booked
  • 8 hours intermediate course
  • Kite Equipment for the rest of your stay
  • Free use of SUP’s and Surfboards
  • Moroccan Berber Dinner (Incl. food and soft drinks)
  • BBQ Evening on the rooftop terrace of the KiteWorldWide Riad
  • Use of kite centre and kite infrastructure
  • Launch and landing service
  • KiteWorldWide Guide on site
  • Tourist Taxes


Advanced Package

  • Accommodation in booked category
  • 2 hours private lessons (twin or wave)
  • Kite Equipment for the rest of your stay
  • One kite trip (e.g Sidi Kaouki, Moulay or downwinder)
  • Free use of SUP’s and Surfboards
  • Moroccan Berber Dinner (Incl. food and soft drinks)
  • BBQ Evening on the rooftop terrace of the KiteWorldWide Riad
  • Use of kite centre and kite infrastructure
  • Launch and landing service
  • KiteWorldWide Guide on site
  • Tourist Taxes


Advanced Wave Kitesurf Introduction (1 week)

So, you know how to kite but want to learn how to kitesurf in waves on a waveboard? Essaouira is the place to be:

  • 2 hour Wave Kite Introduction Course – strapless and with current North Wave Board
  • Wave Board Rental for the rest of the week
  •  Storage in the kite center (so you won’t have to drag your stuff around all the time)
  • 1 Day Excursion to a different kite spot (depending on conditions, i.e. to Sidi Kaouki or Moulay)
  • Berber Dinner with all other students and the team

At only: 265 €

Extra Days (15 €) include storage and wave board rental


Rental

  • Accomodation in booked category
  • Kite Equipment for your entire stay
  • One kite trip (e.g Sidi Kaouki, Moulay or Downwinder)
  • Free use of SUP’s and Surfboards
  • Moroccan Berber Dinner (Incl. food and soft drinks)
  • BBQ Evening on the rooftop terrace of the KiteWorldWide Riad
  • Use of kite centre and kite infrastructure
  • Launch and landing service
  • KiteWorldWide Guide on site
  • Tourist Taxes


Basic Package

  • Accommodation in booked category
  • Free use of SUP’s and Surfboards
  • Moroccan Berber Dinner (Incl. food and soft drinks)
  • BBQ Evening on the rooftop terrace of the KiteWorldWide Riad
  • Use of kite centre and kite infrastructure
  • KiteWorldWide Guide on site
  • Tourist Taxes

Accommodations in Essaouira

Before we go into more detail here, we would like to explain what a “Riad” is. A Riad is an old Moroccan townhouse in which the wealthy used to live that has been converted into a hotel. Riads come in different price and quality classes. The houses we offer have all been beautifully remodeled in the last few years and will entice you with their stunning, artistic details and open courtyard and balcony with a breath-taking view over the whole Medina to the sea and the beach. So, you’ll be able to check out the whole area while breakfasting on the terrace.

All of the Riads are inside the Medina, the historic part of Essaouira, and, thus, only a few minutes from the beach. You can either take the short 10 min. hike from there to the kitesurf school on the beach, or grab a taxi for 5 Dirham (0.45 EUR).

Please understand that breakfast is French-sweet. Sausage and cold cuts are not eaten here, but instead there is excellent coffee, tea, fresh orange juice and (sometimes at an extra price) eggs.

KiteWorldWide Riad

We have been looking for quite a while, but now we finally found it. We present: The KiteWorldWide Riad.
The Riad has 6 rooms, which are exclusively reserved for KiteWorldWide guests. Live together with other kitesurfers from around the world, in a unique and familial atmosphere.
Together with you, our KiteWorldWide Guide also lives in the Riad. He’s there for you around the clock and and shows you the most beautiful corners of Essaouira.
Trips to the ancient city, bars, live music, oriental restaurants – Essaouira has a lot to discover.

In the KiteWorldWide Riad, you live just a couple of meters away form the beach. The markets, restaurants and cafes are reachable in only a couple of minutes.
Whoever feels like relaxing, just kicks back on the rooftop terrace. On the rooftop, we also have a weekly BBQ evening.

Riad Al Zahia

This beautiful middle-class Riad was purchased by a Spanish owner and completely renovated offers a total of 10 carefully decorated rooms. Apart from a common room and breakfast room, there is also a tea room with a fireplace for relaxing at the end of the day. The whole house has free wireless internet. Upon request, you can also receive a traditional Tajine dinner which you of course will have to eat traditionally (with your hands)!

Dar L’Oussia

The Dar L’Oussia is the alternative for those of you who don’t mind spending a little more money for some luxury. Here you’ll find 23 beautiful, spacious rooms in three different categories (comfort, luxury, suite). Apart from a restaurant and a bar in the courtyard as well as the must-see roof terrace with a direct view of the ocean, there is also an in-house spa (not incl.). You can even get free wireless here.

General Information

How to get to the Hotel/ Kitecenter?

Airport transfer (prices for a round trip per car) from Marrakesh or Agadir:

PersonenanzahlPreis pro Person von MarrakeschPreis pro Person von Agadir
1 Person140 €160 €
2 Personen70 €80 €
3 Personen47 €54 €
4 Personen45 €50 €
6 Personen30 €34 €
8 Personen25 €28 €

Airlines & flights

Airport: Marrakesh (RAK) or Agadir (AGA)

Various charter flight airlines from all over Europe fly to Marrakesh and Agadir for between €200 and €400.

From the UK you have many opportunities to get to Marrakesh or Agadir with Easyjet, British Midland (Sports equipment is free), Ryanair or RoyalAirMaroc. Most of the flights will depart daily.

One connection of these flights is for example with British Midland from London Heathrow to Agadir or Marrakesh. You can take your sports equipment for free and it will depart daily.

From France AirFrance, Royal air Maroc and Ryanair will get you every day to Marocco. From Paris you can get to Marrakesh with AirFrance.

From Italy you can fly to Marrakesh or Agadir with Ryanair and Sun Air. Ryanair will depart daily and goes for exmaple straight from Milan and Pisa to Marrakesh.

From Scandinavia you will have to take a longer journey into consideration, as there are no direct flights. Good connections are via Gatwick/London with Norwegian from Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm, continuing with with Easyjet. Other possibilities are via Germany. We know the best connections, so please ask.

From Marrakesh, it takes about 2 hours (from Agadir 3 hours) to get to the kite center, and you will be transported with a modern, comfortable cars or minivans with safe, english-speaking drivers.

Food and Beverage

In our mostly rather remote destinations, we put great emphasize on the cooperation with farmers, fishers and markets from the surrounding villages. Due to the use of regional and seasonal products, we ask for your understanding that specific diets can only be considered very little – such as lactose free, gluten free or vegan dishes.