Essaouira | Morocco

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Essaouria Kite Morocco

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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TRAVEL ACTION

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EXPLORA

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THE LURE

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and situated at the top of Africa, Essaouira isn’t far away in terms of travel time from Europe, but in terms of ‘where’ it takes you culturally, it feels like a much further escape. There’s a bustling old medina by the harbour and this busy fishing village also happens to be known as ‘the windy city’ with a vast, sandy beach stretching for three miles. Essaouria Kite Morocco Essaouira Morocco Kiteworld travel

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 is 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), open water in the middle of the bay and waves and clean winds in the downwind corner. In the summer this is a great spot for getting in to waves. There are also some other fantastic spots close-by. Advanced wave riders head to Moulay Bouzarktoune and Sidi Kaoki, both just out of town. For flat water just south of the river in the summer there’s a super spot where some lessons also run.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The huge temperature differences in land and sea accelerate the summer northeasterly trade wind in the afternoon. Generally blowing from the north / northeast at 15 - 25 knots, during the summer months of July and August this increases considerably, up to 40 knots. Consistent winds from April – September. Out of the water it’s very warm when the wind drops. Constant water temperatures 17 – 20°C / 63 - 68°F, but with the wind it’s recommended you wear a wetsuit all year. Bigger waves in winter with the wind coming from the south. Conditions aren’t guaranteed then, but still good for about 60% of the time. Essaouira Morocco Kiteworld travel PHOTO / Fabrice FRANK

ACCOMMODATION

There’s a good range of choices 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 your own cook!

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com   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 / +44 (0)1273 921 001 / info@planettravelholidays.com   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 / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960 / travel@ion-club.net

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 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 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 /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com   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 / +44 (0)1273 921 001 / info@planettravelholidays.com   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 / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960 / travel@ion-club.net

NO WIND

The huge sandy beach is a great place to spend time when it’s not windy with beach bars and cafes dotted along it. 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 mountain biking, horse riding, quad biking and more. Essaouira Morocco Kiteworld travel Essaouira Morocco Kiteworld travel

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 ATMs and card payments outside the medina. Most people change money up on arrival. Taking Euros with you can be useful.

FOOD AND DRINK

There is an area with 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. There’s everything from supermarkets to pharmacies in Essaouira in general. Eating out is quite cheap and there’s a great selection of restaurants serving international cuisine. Hot tip for traditional food: Ramsess. This is a Muslim country, but Essaouira has adapted to tourism and you can find some good bars and restaurants serving alcohol. Essaouira is more about great days and good food than all-night parties, but there are a couple of clubs.

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 /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com   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 / +44 (0)1273 921 001 / info@planettravelholidays.com   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 / +49 (0) 881 92 54 960 / travel@ion-club.net

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