Morocco's 10 best beaches

Female surfer and camels at the beach of Essaouira, Morocco, Africa.
With thousands of miles of coastline, Morroco offers a slew of lovely beaches © Kasto80 / Getty Images

With thousands of miles of coastline, Morocco, a country known for dunes and The Sahara, offers up some pretty lovely coastal landscapes great for a day at the shore. Here are Morocco's 10 best beaches.  

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Plage Sauvage

Two-and-a-half miles south of Mirleft is this truly wild beach, accessible down a set of steps, featuring caves, cliffs and crashing waves great for surfing. There's an outpost of Spot-M here for board and wetsuit rental and Biscou Surf School also brings students here. But the beach is gorgeous and ocean relatively mild, whether or not you're riding a board.

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Palm Beach

A relaxed private beach in Souss Valley with showers, toilets and a kids' play area. Seclusion from the main beach means a more serene visit for those seeking a little more privacy.

A pair of people ride on camels on the beach in Essaouria, Morocco at sunset
Essaouria Beach is a fantastic destination for a day playing in the surf © Posztos / Shutterstock

Essaouira Beach

Essaouira’s wide, sandy beach is great for walking and kitesurfing, but sunbathing and swimming can be difficult when the winds are strong. For swimming, stick to the town stretch, as Plage Safi to the north has dangerous currents. Beach soccer is a popular weekend activity and camel owners ply the sands to the south. 

If you want to take a walk, head south across the Ksob River (impassable at high tide) to see the ruins of the Borj El Berod, an old fortress and pavilion that’s partially covered in sand. From here you can walk inland to the village of Diabat or continue along the sands to the dunes of Cap Sim.

Marabou Beach 

Bisected by a massive, imposing boulder, this beach is petite compared to its neighbors, but the waves are no less intense at this Southern Atlantic Coast locale. Avoid swimming at high tide, but sunning and strolling can be just as nice. 

Scenic View Of Sea Against Sky
Sidi Ifni Beach is never overrun with crowds © El Hassouni Jaouad / EyeEm / Getty Images

Sidi Ifni Beach 

The beach is big and rarely busy. While frequently rough waves make swimming inadvisable, its position beneath dramatic cliffs – as well as its significant length – invites sunset strolls. The odd construction just offshore is the remains of an old land-sea conveyor, which was used to take cargo from ships to the old Spanish port.

Playa de la Ribera 

Ceuta's urban beach is jam-packed during summer with nearly nude Spaniards and fully clothed Moroccan women. The beach is lined with cafes and bars perfect for whiling away an afternoon with a cerveza.

Plage Sfiha 

A short retreat from the city, wide horseshoe-shaped Plage Sfiha looks out on the Spanish-controlled post-colonial relic, El Peñon de Alhucemas. A couple of other Spanish islands are also visible to the west. The beach is well maintained and lined with umbrella seating and restaurants during the summer. Pedalos and jet skis are available for hire.

Long stretch of golden sand stretches for miles as bright blue water pushes up against the shores. In the distance you see the city of Tangier.
Enjoy the salty sea air at Tangier Beach © Saiko3p / Getty Images / iStockphoto

Tangier Beach 

The wide city beach is well maintained and a fresh corniche (beachfront road) works well for a seaside stroll, with parks, playgrounds and fancy glass elevators that lead down to the sand. Certainly worth an afternoon, if not a whole day, at the beach.

Sidi Mghayet Beach

Around nine miles from Asilah – including 2.5mi down a dirt road – Sidi Mghayet is one of Asilah’s more remote beaches and one of the quietest. During July and August, its golden crescent is lined with chiringuitos (simple food stalls); the rest of the time it’s often blissfully deserted. You’ll need a taxi to get here.

Playa de la Ensanada de los Galápagos

Nestled below cliffs and the towering fortress walls is the secluded beach of Playa de la Ensanada de los Galápagos, open from June to September (with lifeguards on duty), though children can be seen diving into the turquoise water year-round. Find your spot on the picturesque seashell-laden beach by entering through the tunnel across from La Pérgola.

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