You would’ve heard of Taghazout if you’re a surfer. Otherwise, this is most likely the first time you’re hearing about this place.
The vibe is backpacker town with a surf flavor – hostels, surf schools, and board rental shops peppered along the main road and occupying the clusters of houses between the road and the beach. Stretched along the coast is a string of restaurants and cafes perched on the rocks, some nearly protruding into the ocean, offering traditional Moroccan dishes in varying degrees of shabby and chic interiors.
There are two coworking spaces in that area – one a proper cowork with call booths and the other a restaurant with a sort of a coworking lounge in the back – a beautifully designed space where you can get your work done without missing out on the vibe.
A few steps away from the coast is the OG of Taghazout coworking and coliving – Sundesk. They were fully booked when I was there so I didn’t get to test it.
Windy Bay and World of Waves are very nice but if, like me, you need a quieter place away from the hustle and bustle of the town, head a few meters uphill to the Adventurekeys Surf Camp and Cowork. The space was absolutely lovely – quiet, well equipped, with stunning views of the ocean and town below, and friendly staff.
Watch the REEL to get the feeling of what it’s like to be here.
If you’re not into the backpacker vibe, I discovered a few higher end more design forward spaces in the town.
The Seaside Boutique Hotel features beautifully designed rooms, an indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge complete with a pool. It’s stylish, quiet, and you can gaze into the endless blue of the ocean from the comfort of a nice lounge with a cocktail in hand. It was my oasis from the busyness and dust of Taghazout.
Taghazout Villa by Surf Maroc is a design hotel and restaurant offering a more refined vibe without compromising the surf vibe. The also offer yoga classes, breathwork sessions, and host various events. They also own the nearby Amouage Hotel.
How does it feel to be in Taghazout as a female traveler?
Well it’s very different from the more traditional Moroccan places due to the high number of foreigners. So as a woman you won’t need to cover yourself as much since the locals are used to Western women in short shorts and such. I have observed beautiful women in beach clothes walking all over town without attracting any negative attention.
Locals will hustle you to buy stuff – which is normal – but again, there is no feeling of aggression anywhere.
Because this is a Muslim country, Taghazout is not really a big party town. Yes you can have a cocktail at a few places and I’m sure people party in their hostels and apartments but because there are no bars and clubs, the evening vibe is very chill and safe. To be honest, it was very nice to see people sipping mint tea on terraces enjoying the sunset, having a stroll along the beach, or having a quiet cocktail instead of the hard party atmosphere of places like Tulum, Albufeira, etc.
What I disliked about Taghazout was the dirtiness and complete lack of any kind of paved streets and roads.
The town is essentially a construction site in a maze of concrete houses of varying degrees of cleanliness and disrepair which eventually spills out onto the town beach with fishing boats, camels, surfers, people playing volleyball, families strolling, vendors selling stuff and a myriad of stray dogs and cats. And flies. They’re everywhere, even in the posher places. A fly trap business would do well here.
The moment when you feel some sort of a magic or a vibe is the sunset when everyone comes out to the rocks and the restaurants on the coast and this entire crazy place is bathed with the golden light of the setting sun – chaos put on pause to take in beauty.
In terms of things to do and how long to spend there, if you are a beginner surfer, this place is perfect as you have very easy waves walking distance from the town where you can practice daily. The beach is quite large so while there are a lot of people on the waves you still have room.
If you’re a more advanced surfer, you may want to rent a car to go up and down the coast to other spots. Get in touch with the guys from Coworksurf to get their tips.
If you’re not a surfer there is absolutely nothing to do in Taghazout beyond the first couple of days. We spent a week there, my friend was surfing while I caught up on work at Adventurekeys.
If you’re curious to explore the area on foot, you can take a beautiful beach stroll towards the next town, Tamraght. You’ll pass by several high end hotels and residences with their beach bars and beautiful landscaping. The beach is glorious and magically the number of street dogs and flies reduced by like 80%.
These were my impressions from the two weeks of travel around Morocco.
It’s a curious place.. the vibrancy of Marrakech with its art deco glamour woven into the traditional Moroccan aesthetic, the layers of textures, colors, aromas, and meaning all playing out as if on stage, flirting with the senses… Juxtaposed against poetic mountain landscapes and traditional towns with their no sidewalk streets, calls to prayer, men and women in tunics, and tagines cooking on every corner.. it’s a multi-layered experience and I feel that I have only scratched the surface of it. I’m looking forward to exploring more of this intriguing country and understanding its flow, soul, and essence.