The trade winds bring year round winds to the Moroccan coast which are accelerated by a thermal effect over the summer months. The strongest and most reliable winds come between April- September. Any time of year is a good time for a kitesurfing holiday in Morocco which offers a trip itinerary for every style of traveller and kiteboarder. Learn to kite or join a freestyle camp in the world famous Dakhla lagoon, stay in a beachfront riad in the ancient city of Essaouira and enjoy endless wave downwinders along the bay or venture on a week long kite and road trip between Essaouira and Dakhla explore untouched beaches, lagoons and traditional villages.
Pros and Cons
+ High chance of wind the entire year
+ Amazing flat water and wave spots
+ Suitable conditions for both advanced and beginners
- Not much nightlife
- Limited alternative activities
- Wetsuit needed over the winter
What you need to know about kitesurfing in Morocco
Fascinating culture combined with year round winds, flat water and waves should put Morocco (Western Sahara) at the top of your “Places to go Kiteboarding” list. The endless Atlantic Coastline draws surfers and kiters from around the world year round with small towns and villages connecting beautiful beaches and flat water lagoons.
Enjoy a relaxing holiday in a beachfront bungalow right on the Dakhla Lagoon or stay in a traditional riad in downtown Essaouira to experience true Moroccan (Western Sahara) culture. Travel and explore small Moroccan towns and villages experiencing empty lagoons and incredible waves along the coast on an unforgettable road trip from Essaouira to Dakhla. Wave camps, freestyle camps and beginner kite camps are a popular way to experience Morocco.
Conditions are suitable for both beginner and advanced riders. Experience amazing flat water conditions in Dakhla’s massive flat water lagoon and find flawless waves all along the Atlantic Coast.
You will find kite schools in various towns along the coast, the main ones being Dakhla, Essaouira and Agadir. Find gear rentals, lessons, spot guidance or join a kite camp in any of these towns. Accommodations are available within walking distance from the kite spot in any of these destinations.
Kite camps are one of the most popular ways to enjoy kitesurfing holidays in Morocco. Beginner-advanced kiteboarding camps are offered from both Dakhla and Essaouira which usually include a combination of the following services: accommodation, lessons/coaching, transfers (downwinders or to different spots, airport pick up etc), breakfast/meals and equipment rentals.
Lodging and Accomodations
Choose from a variety of accommodation options to suit your travel style. Stay in a riad (a traditional Moroccan house) in the ancient city centre just a 10 minute walk to kite beach or a beachside surfhouse. Alternatively book a room in a quiet beachside village just 20 minutes outside the city.
Morocco has amazing learning conditions with consistent, reliable wind and calm waters. Dakhla is home to one of the worlds largest kiteboarding lagoons with endless flatwater and wind the whole year. Stay in a beachfront bungalow where you can sit back, relax and watch the dolphins from a windless terrace. Spend your evenings mingling with other campers and travellers who have come from all over the world to experience Dakhla’s world class conditions.
Essaouira is also a great beginner spot with great wind and a flat water lagoon. Experience true Moroccan culture while staying in a traditional riad in the old town (la Medina). The town is about a 10 minute walk from the kite spot with everything you need accessible by foot. Spend a week learning to kite and exploring the old towns art galleries, markets and trying local cuisine.
Agadir is another one of Morocco's best kiteboarding destinations. It is mainly a wave spot, though there is a secret flat water spot and beginner camps are offered here. Stay in a hillside cottage with an ocean view in the town of Tamraght, with easy access to multiple kites spots in the Agadir area. Experience local cafes and restaurants nearby as well as accessible shops for everyday needs.