Essaouira | Morocco

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Essaouira sunset

WHEN TO GO

Peak Season: April – September

Avg Air Temp: 20 – 30°C / 68 – 86°F

Avg Water Temp:  17 – 20°C / 63 – 68°F

 

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: MAD34

Restaurant Meal: MAD170

Accommodation: MAD650

 

USEFUL CONTACTS

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ION CLUB

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+49 (0) 881 92 54 960

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TRAVEL ACTION

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+44 (0)844 811 8489

EXPLORA

Explora Morocco

www.exploramorocco.com

THE LURE

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and situated at the North of Africa, Essaouira is just a few hours flight time from anywhere in central Europe. Visually and culturally it feels like you’ve travelled much further, with its vibrant old medina and bustling fishing harbour. Known as ‘the windy city’, the vast, sandy beach that stretches for six miles offers you enormous space and freedom on the water.

 

You'll find kickers, flat water areas and plenty of wind in the main bay / PHOTOS: KiteWorldWide / Sabir El Mouakil / Explora

 

Kitesurf Morocco / Essaouira with KiteWorldWide

 

THE SET-UP

The best kiting is found towards the left side of the bay, away from the town, where the beach is less crowded and the wind more constant. The curved shape of the bay and cross-on winds make it safe and kite schools offer safety boat assistance. Protected by the Mogador Islands and harbour, cross-shore winds from the right offer ideal conditions for beginner to expert. Find flat water up close to the medina (where the wind is a little gustier as it comes over the town), open water in the middle of the bay and waves and clean winds in the downwind corner. In the winter there is also a flat water spot at the river mouth and in the summer ‘second beach’ can also offer a flat water area. This is a great venue for getting in to waves and there are spots close-by that advanced wave riders will love like Moulay Bouzarktoune and Sidi Kaoki. There are weekly downwinders from Moulay to Essaouira offered by Explora Morocco, which is an amazing way to see the coast and the medina.

Beach bars and cafes can be found dotted along the main beach and Essaouira’s ancient working harbour forms the hub of the local community alongside the busy medina markets. Tourism blends with the local community, and it feels very authentically Moroccan here, and long may it stay that way.

 

PHOTOS: KiteWorldWide / ION Club

 

Explora Morocco - Good Atmosphere 2016

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The huge temperature differences in land and sea accelerate the summer northeasterly trade wind in the afternoon and it blows consistently from April until September from the north / northeast at 15 - 25 knots. In fact during the summer months of July and August it can blow up to 40 knots on a few days. Out of the water the air temperature is very warm when the wind drops and water temperatures stay at around 17 – 20°C / 63 – 68°F. However when the wind is blowing strongly a wetsuit is recommended whatever the time of year. Bigger waves can be found in winter with the wind coming from the south and, although conditions aren’t frequently guaranteed at that time, it’s still good around 60% of the time.

 

PHOTOS: KiteWorldWide / ION Club

 

Morocco Essaouira - The Blast Kiteboarding Trip 2016

ACCOMMODATION

There’s plenty of choice from guest houses and apartments outside of the medina, to hotels and riads inside the medina, some of which can feel completely hidden away and yet are like miniature palaces. A wonderful experience in themselves and some come with their own cook!

 

Accommodation setup at Riad Zelaka, Essaouira / PHOTOS: Explora Morocco

 

For a broad range of accommodation options provided by Explora Morocco visit:

www.exploramorocco.com

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps.

www.kiteworldwide.com / info@kiteworldwide.com / +44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090

 

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

 

ION CLUB with 21 Wind - and Kitesurfing centres at 12 destinations, ION CLUB are one of the leading companies in this industry. Also offering Surfing, Stand Up Paddling and Biking. Sustainability is one of ION CLUB's core values as they believe that we have a real responsibility for the natural environment - the place where we practice our amazing sports - and for the local societies in which we are allowed to operate and play.

www.ion-club.net / travel@ion-club.net / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960

 

SCHOOLS

ION Club Lessons take place right in front of the ION Club centre. Instructors teach all levels all year and the Ocean Vagabond restaurant and bar next door takes care of hungry and thirsty kiters, plus there are sunbeds on the terrace.

Languages spoken by staff: English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German and Italian.

www.ion-club.net / travel@ion-club.net / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960

 

Semi private kite lessons / Ocean restaurant and bar / PHOTOS: ION Club

 

EXPLORA is a family run watersports centre open all year, teaching all levels and styles with safety boat cover. North and Best gear, storage and full package holidays offered: accommodation, transfers, guides, surfing, windsurfing etc. They also run trips to a wave spot called Tangnza, not far from Capsim.

Languages spoken by staff: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Italian.

www.exploramorocco.com / adventure@exploramorocco.com / +44 (0) 773 856 3883 / +212 611 475 188

 

Where the fun begins / PHOTOS: Explora Morocco

 

KITEMOROCCO offers courses for all levels every day all year on North and Ion gear. All instructors are IKO and FFVL certified. SUP, kayak, surfing, transfers, gear rental, pro camps with world champs and more. Full safety boat cover provided.

Languages spoken by instructors: English, Spanish, French and Moroccan.

www.kitemorocco.com / info@kitemorocco.com / +212 661 661 863

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps.

www.kiteworldwide.com / info@kiteworldwide.com  / +44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090

 

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com  / +44 (0)1273 921 001

 

ION CLUB with 21 Wind - and Kitesurfing centres at 12 destinations, ION CLUB are one of the leading companies in this industry. Also offering Surfing, Stand Up Paddling and Biking. Sustainability is one of ION CLUB's core values as they believe that we have a real responsibility for the natural environment - the place where we practice our amazing sports - and for the local societies in which we are allowed to operate and play.

www.ion-club.net / travel@ion-club.net / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960

 

NO WIND

There are bars and restaurants on the opposite side of the bay to the old town where the main kite spot is, making it a great place to hang out all day and it has everything from supermarkets to pharmacies. Essaouira’s working harbour forms the hub of the local community alongside the busy medina markets and so hasn’t just been created for tourists.

Activity-wise there’s SUP, mountain biking, horse riding, quad biking and more.

 

SUP and surf at the wave spots / PHOTOS: ION Club

GET AROUND

The kite spots are just a ten minute walk from town, but if you’re wanting to head elsewhere, or even if you have a lot of gear then hire a car (though you can’t drive into the medina). Taxis are cheap and reliable. Everything within town and the medina is walkable.

 

CURRENCY

Moroccan Dirham (MAD): £1 = MAD14 / €1 = MAD11 / US$1 = MAD9.

ATM withdrawals and card payments can be made outside the medina. You will struggle to get Dirhams outside of Morocco, so change your money when you arrive or take a few Euros with you.

 

FOOD AND DRINK

Eating out is quite cheap and there’s a great selection of restaurants serving international cuisine. Our hot tip for traditional food is Ramsess. Morocco is a Muslim country but Essaouira has adapted to tourism and you can find some good bars and restaurants serving alcohol but it’s more about great days and good food than all-night parties, although there are a couple of clubs.

 

PHOTOS: KiteWorldWide

 

AIRPORT

Marrakesh (RAK) airport is a two hour drive / taxi. Bus from the centre of Marrakech by Supratours of CTM cost around €10 each way. Agadir (AGA) is a little further. Transfers usually available with your kite schools or accommodation.

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps.

www.kiteworldwide.com / info@kiteworldwide.com / +44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090

 

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

 

ION CLUB with 21 Wind - and Kitesurfing centres at 12 destinations, ION CLUB are one of the leading companies in this industry. Also offering Surfing, Stand Up Paddling and Biking. Sustainability is one of ION CLUB's core values as they believe that we have a real responsibility for the natural environment - the place where we practice our amazing sports - and for the local societies in which we are allowed to operate and play.

www.ion-club.net / travel@ion-club.net / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960

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