Kitesurfing in Essaouira in the wintertime

Altough we are just at the end of summertime it is always handy to check out possible holiday destinations for the winter or even book them well in advance. On the one hand Essaouira in Morocco is a good option to escape the cold. On the other hand you can stay very close to Europe. In less than 4 hours flighttime you can discover this fascinating place.

In the wintertime Essaouira turns into a chilled, calm place. The summer tourists disappear and the vibe in town is even more laid back than in the summer months. On the water there is not much difference. It’s usually quiet and calm. Therefore you will have lots of space to take your kite skills to the next level. The lagoon is an amazing place for experienced riders to practice your new freestyle tricks.

On the days that the wind isn’t strong enough to kite, the bay has a great swell. It’s the perfect spot to learn how to surf in the wintertime. A bit further along the beach, you will find larger waves for more experienced surfers.

For those who are seeking variety we offer trips to different spots, for example Sidi Kaouki. It’s an endless wide beach about 30 minutes away by car. On the beach itself there are rarely more than a few sun beds and the occasional camel. For surfing there is a good swell. Afterwards there is the perfect place to hang out or have a surfers lunch in a traditional, brightly coloured restaurant.

Imsouane, a small fishing village, is a superb place for surfing and only a 1.5 hour drive to the south. There are two great spots to surf: ‘The Point’ and ‘The Bay’. They guarantee for lots of fun, from beginner to advanced rider. For lunch you can have delicious fresh fish which is brought into the harbour every day. You can choose what you want at the market and go to a BBQ restaurant for it to be cooked for you. In addition to that you shouldn’t forget to stroll around the village to explore the hippie surf culture, cafes and surf shops.

Besides kitesurfing Essaouira offers lots of other beach activities. You can watch the sunset from a camel or galloping on a horse or relax doing yoga on the rooftop of the surf house. You can go quad or mountain biking and if there’s anything else you would like to do, we can probably arrange that too!

If you want to get away from the beach, no problem at all. You can learn how to prepare an authentic Tajine at a Moroccan cookery course with your new friends. You could also visit Argan Oil Co-Operative or experience a traditional hammam.

In the end, don’t forget to leave enough time to explore the colourful Medina and eat fresh fish in the shacks next to the harbour.