About Atlantic Coast
Morocco's Atlantic coastline is stunningly beautiful, stretches for hundreds of miles and is for the most part totally undeveloped. Agadir in the south is the only resort as such, although the beaches at Essaouira and Oualidia are large and impressive too. We have personally selected hotels and riads in Agadir and Essaouira plus the smaller, more off the beaten track, destinations such as Oualidia, Mirleft and Sidi Ifni. The cities of Rabat and Casablanca are also on the Atlantic Coast but they are described in detail on our Imperial Cities pages.
Agadir is the perfect holiday resort, boasting many great value and luxury hotels along the beach; its famous micro-climate provides a minimum of 300 days of sunshine a year, and has all you need for great seaside holidays. Further north you will encounter the traditional seaside towns with great fishing heritage such as Safi, El Jadida and Essaouira, each of these also has a historic town to explore and a wonderful beach and a small selection of fantastic riads.
To the south there are many miles of pretty much undeveloped coastline with just a few small resorts such as Mirleft and Sidi Ifni; unspoilt and beautiful - perfect for exploring on a fly-drive holiday or simply a short break away from the crowds.
In the north we would recommend Asilah, an old Hispano-Moorish town surrounded by ramparts dating from the Portuguese period. Since the 1970s, the town's cachet has attracted many artists including several Moroccan painters. Many of their works can be admired directly on the town's walls. Oualidia is a very peaceful location on Morocco's Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Essaouira with a bit of a reputation for oysters and lobsters; relatively deserted outside summer season, perfect for secluded walking, sun bathing or peaceful boat trips.
Where to visit
El Jadida lies on the Atlantic shore in the shape of a fortress (UNESCO 2004 - Cultural Heritage), offering a mild climate and attracting history enthusiasts and beach lovers.
Agadir is Morocco's premier resort with golden sandy beach sweeping for miles, lapped by the Atlantic. A dazzling array of boutiques, cuisine and activities makes Agadir very cosmopolitan.
Asilah is a small, former Portuguese town with a Bohemian atmosphere. The enticing medina is surrounded by 15th Century ramparts, rugged rocky coastline and a beautiful beach.