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Kitesurfing in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is located on the Northeast coast of Morocco and is known as the ‘Wind City in Africa”. The strong summer winds detour the hordes of tourists travelling down the coast leaving Essaouira rich in tradition and culture. Though the winds scare off most tourists, Essaouira has become a popular spot for kiteboarding with strong wind and any conditions from flat water to waves just a few hours flight from Europe. The medina with local shops, hotels and restaurants is only 10 minutes walking from kite beach making everything easily accessible without a car.



Wind and Weather


The trade winds blow through the whole year and are strongest in the summer months starting April-September when the thermal winds kick in and the accelerate the trade winds. The winds are generally between 15-25 knots but sometimes climb to 40 knots in peak summer. The air temperatures reach 30 degrees C (86F) in the summer with water temperatures sitting around 17-20 degrees (62-68F). Though the water is fairly warm, a thin wetsuit is recommended, especially when the wind are blowing strong.


Kitesurfing in Essaouira Bay Morocco offers both flat water and waves. The water is flat until about 100m out where the waves start to form. The best wave spots in the area are Sidi Kaouki and Moulay Bouzerktoun.



kiteboarding in Essaouira, Morocco

Getting ready for wind in Essaouira



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.



Kite Camps and Trips: Beginner-Advanced


Kite camps are suitable for both beginner and advanced riders and are an amazing way to learn kitesurfing as well as progress your skills as an advanced rider. Essaouira is a great place to join a wave or beginner camp. Camps are pre-organised and include a variation of the following services: accommodation, breakfast/meals, kite lessons/coaching, transfers and equipment rentals. Join in on a surfari to kitesurf and explore alternative beaches or sign up for a kite and yoga camp for the ultimate adventure/relaxation holiday. Downwinders are popular in the area so be sure to contact a local school for suggestions and transportation.






No Wind Activities


If the wind stops for a day or you just want a day off kitesurfing, there is a variety of alternative activities to enjoy. Sign up for a yoga class, go stand up paddle boarding, try windsurfing or wakeboarding, go for a horse riding safari, mountain biking or camel riding. Get a professional massage, take a cultural tour or play a round of golf.



Kite and Surf Road Trip


Don’t miss out on an unforgettable trip between two of Morocco’s best kitesurfing spots: Essaouira to Dakhla. Along the way visit and stay in small, ancient villages enjoying the local culture and cuisine. You will experience world class wave riding and flat water lagoons with non-stop wind and empty beaches.


Experience traditional Moroccan culture and ride some incredible kitesurfing conditions along the coast. Learn to kiteboarding on a week long kite camp or hone your wave riding skills on a kites surfari while exploring various spots along the coast. Learn how the locals live: sleep in a traditional riad in the ancient city and shop at the local markets for Moroccan tea and rugs. Being just a short flight from Europe makes kitesurfing in Essaouira, Morocco a perfect getaway.




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