For the past few years, Morocco has faced an increase of its number of tourists and more and more vacationers looking for heat and change of scene invade the country and its beaches. But move away from beach resorts overrun by tourists; enjoy the numerous wild beaches, you will be surprised by their authenticity their variety of breathtaking landscapes.
Elected most beautiful beach of Morocco in 2013, the Dragon Island in Dakhla yet escapes mass tourism and you can enjoy its great dunes, its stretches of white sand and turquoise water in peace. Named after its shade – indeed, viewed from the air it looks like a dragon lied flat – it is common to see dolphins, sea tortoises and even flamingos. Excellent spot for water sports enthusiasts (surf, kitesurf…) because of the power of the surrounding sea, it also attracts hike and geology lovers with its beaches edged by shells. Accessible on foot at low tide, however, you will have to take the boat to go there when the tide is high.
In Nador, the Three Forks Cape is home to many wild beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs and volcanic stones sinking into the Mediterranean. Geographically isolated, these beaches and the villages in the area around could keep their authenticity. You can enjoy the Charrana beach to bathe, the Cara Blanca beach to dive and do not forget to visit the fishing village of Tibouda! Little known by tourists, no hotel complex has been built in the area but some guest houses will allow you to spend the night on the spot and to fully enjoy your day.
The Legzira red beach at Sidi Ifni is named after the ochre color of its cliffs, carved out over the years by the tides. Although it is not wild strictly speaking, moving away from this zone will be enough to enjoy the peace of the spot. Before that, the beach was mainly frequented by surfers, attracted by its waves rolls or hikers exploring the crevasses and the caves revealed at low tide. The great arches overhanging the area sublimate the beauty of the place by their majesty and the contrast they create with the color of the sky. However, if you decide to go there for a walk, do not go there before the sunset, as the ochre colors of the cliff are enhanced at this time of the day.
While visiting Essaouira, you will certainly go past the Sidi Kaouki beach, the most famous of the region if not of Morocco. Don’t stop there now! Further south of Essaouira, the beach of Diabat will seduce you thanks to its picturesque and historic side: indeed, she is home to the ruins of the Borj el Baroud castle, built in the 18th century, and those of an old bridge, both accessible at low tide. Nowadays, it is frequented by surfers, the beach was once a hippie landmark: Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens stayed there and it is said that the famous hit Castles Made of Sand was inspired by Dar Sultan, a palace in ruins sanded up since then. After enjoying the beach, don’t forget to visit the Berber village of Diabat where you can drink a coffee or even stay the night.
Agadir is one of the most touristic sea resorts of the country but you can find many gorgeous and well less crowded beaches around a few kilometers: it is the case of the Taghazout beach, half an hour away from the city. Located near a picturesque fishing village, it attracts more and more surfers and tourists each year. Nonetheless, local businesses are threatened by the building of huge touristic resorts that encourage mass tourism and harm the appeal of the spot.
The example of Taghazout illustrates well the consequences of mass tourism which has been increasing for some years in Morocco. If by boosting the economy and generating jobs tourism can be a factor of development, excessive tourism has a lot of drawbacks: degradations of the sites (tons of waste are found on Moroccan beaches each year), multiplication and dominance of large chains at the expense of locals (hotel complexes, restaurants…), the sites are saturated, thus they lose their charm and their picturesque spirit etc.
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