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Taghazout surfhostel is located in the surf village of Taghazout 30kms north of the coastal city of Agadir in Morocco.
Please see Directions section.
All visitors to Morocco require a valid passport but visitors from the following countries do not need to obtain visas before arrival and they can stay up to 3 months:
Schengen member states, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain,Brazil, Canada, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Republic of Congo,Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Libya,Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Niger, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea,Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela
For guidelines on how to obtain a visa, visit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Morocco#b
The currency here is the Moroccan Dirham. Roughly: 1 Euro = 11Dirham. You can exchange at the airport and at some ATMs. You can withdraw from most ATMs if you have standard debit/credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, etc. Credit cards are generally not accepted as a form of payment, so you need to exchange before you get to Taghazout as there are only ATMs in the neighbouring town.
You can use it if you have roaming. Otherwise, you can purchase a local simcard for about 30.00 Dirhams at any shop or at the airport.
We have Wifi 24/7 at the hostel and various restaurants in town have Wifi.
There’s surf all year round, but it really picks up over the winter months from Nov-Feb. The sun shines for 300 days on average in a year, so it’s sunny! The weather in summer is hot with temps averaging around 27 Celsius, but with some days going into the high 30’s. The water is also warmer, so a thin wetsuit is all you need or just a rashy and boardies if you’re hard core. In winter, the average temp is around 20 Celsius, so still not cold. It gets chillier in the mornings and evenings and the water is decidedly colder, so a wetsuit is a must, unless you’re super hard core.
We rent a range of long boards, short boards, mals, mini-mals, and foam-topped long boards for beginners. You are welcome to bring your own if you have as well. All types of boards can be used here as there are so many different reef, beach and point breaks.
Taghazout has many restaurants, surf shops, surfboard repair places, a pharmacy, a Laundromat, a butcher’s, various little mini-markets, and once a week a traditional market. There is also wireless access at some of the cafes and a bus to Agadir every half hour from 10am-8pm for only 7.50 Dirhams.
Yes, there are and you can buy anything from boardies, rashies, bikinis to surfboards, equipment, towels, sandals, etc.
You’ll need mostly summer beach clothes such as shorts, t-shirt, singlets, bathing gear, sandals. Bring a pair of jeans and a jumper too for the evenings. A towel (we don’t supply these), passport, camera, hat, sunnies. You’re sorted.
If you are on the all-inclusive option, you will get a hearty breakfast with local breads, preserves, cream cheese, yoghurts and some days, even crepes! For lunch you will get a baguette with the filling of the day plus mineral water and fresh fruits. For dinner each night, we dine on traditional Moroccan cooked by our local in-house chefs. their delicious dished range from tagines, couscous, Moroccan, meatballs, BBQ and many other specialities.
Yes, we do. Just let us know when you are booking.
No, we don’t, so remember to bring one. If you are staying a while it may be better to bring two towels – one for the beach and one for showering.
Taghazout is a dry village, meaning that it does not sell alcohol. You can, however, buy alcohol at various places in Agadir and it is allowed to be brought into the hostel. It is not, however, allowed on the streets and you’re encouraged to be sensible about the amount you consume so as not to offend the locals in this tiny Muslim village.
In the evenings, we are usually exhausted from a day of surfing, so spend our time chilling on our balcony, chatting, watching surf movies/comedy/movies, playing cards or dice games and just relaxing. On Wednesday nights is the weekly BBQ and on Fri or Sat nights, we sometimes head into Agadir to party at the clubs and pubs there.
If you’re surfed out, you can tan on the beach and take a camel or horse ride or shop in the local curio shops. You can go hiking in the surrounding areas to beautiful caverns overlooking the bay. You can take a trip to the local souk market in Agadir or hang out at the Marina there. You can go to the traditional Hammam (bathhouse) and get a massage. You can rent scooters and cruise up the coast or go to Paradise Valley (40mins drive away) and swim in the rock pools up there. Most of all, this is a place to relax and recuperate.
The voltage in Morocco is usually 220 V, and outlets will fit the two-prong Europlug. This is the plug used primary in Europe and many other countries with two round prongs.
American and Canadian appliances, which are made to use with 110 V may be damaged if pluged into a 220V socket, even if you use an adaptor. If your appliance is “dual-voltage”, it should be fine (it’s designed for both 110 and 220 V). If not, you’ll need a power converter as well as an adaptor.
Moroccans drive on the right, so if you are used to this you should be fine. Just remember that most Moroccans treat the rules of the road as guidelines, so watch out for the taxis.
Medical facilities are good in Agadir but comprehensive health insurance and travel insurance is advisable. If you are unable to pay or are not insured you may be refused treatment. The village of Taghazout has a pharmacy run by a qualified pharmacist. We also have a small first aid kit for minor injuries in the van and in the hostel.