Morocco Diaries: Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley were to be the final stops on our adventure, and were definitely two of the places I was most excited to visit in Morocco.

As a lover of the outdoors, sometimes more so than big cities, I was very excited to hang out in the hippy town of Taghazout. I had visions of a low-key, friendly surf town with a real vibe. It was like that.. a bit. But not really to the extent I imagined and from the way others online had spoken about it. Some even describe it as Morocco’s best kept secret, but maybe times have changed.

Granted, the biggest issue was all of the building work going on everywhere. Hotels are cropping up left, right and centre along the beach nearer the town but unfortunately, at the time of our visit, it meant dust everywhere and noise.

I sort of feel sad that I hadn’t visited Tagahzout earlier because these huge hotels along the beach will change the hippy surf town forever.

However, that being said, the main town area is still quaint and ultra chilled and we had a great few days there.

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is, as the name suggests, pretty damn beautiful and just about a 45 minute drive from Taghazout and makes for a lovely day trip. Read on for my guide to this Moroccan surf town and Paradise Valley below!

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley – How to get there

The nearest main town and airport to both is Agadir, and your best option is to charter a taxi for the 40 min – 1hr drive to Taghazout. It should cost about 200 dirham (£16) and is by far the most convenient transport method.

However, you can also travel South from Essaouira, or even drive through from Marrakech and if you do end up doing this, you might find my guides to these places useful.

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Top Things to Do in Taghazout

Surf!

Surf, of course! There are waves suitable for all levels along the coast as well as right in the centre of town. There are so many surf schools to book lessons with and together with the surf hostels, many offer ‘surfaris’ involving a full day outing of surfing and multiple stops.

Don’t worry if you’re not a surfer, there’s plenty to do otherwise. Although if you do surf, the lines are beautiful and the sea pretty warm.

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise ValleyYoga

The next most popular activity in Morocco is yoga, with many retreats opening up offering sessions and amazing views!

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Explore the village

It’s small but has a great selection of cafes and bars as well as surf stores. A wander around the town gives a wonderful glimpse into the locals’ lives.

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Horse Trekking

A great way to explore the surrounding area and scenery is by horse, and your accomodation is likely to be able to organise this for you.

Visiting Paradise Valley

Easily the most popular day trip in the area, and for good reason. Just about a 45 minute drive from Taghazout along a hilly road, meandering through small Berber villages and beautiful scenery brings you to Paradise Valley.

Extremely popular with local Moroccans as well as tourists, it gets absolutely packed each day and especially at the weekend. Moroccans flock here with picnics in huge, huge groups to spend the day by the water. I couldn’t recommend more arriving before 9am to enjoy it to yourself for a bit.

Parking is a bit adhoc and there’s no entry fee, but it’s a bit of a precarious walk/climb/scramble to get the main pool. I tried to look cool as Moroccans went by me carrying huge cooler boxers and babies with no worries, as I edged my way along 15cm wide ledges. It’s amusing to say the least and if you do stumble, it’s not high up, it’s just that you’d get wet feet.

A little disappointing was the sheer amount of grafitti everywhere and quite a lot of litter. Really such a shame as it detracted from the beauty slightly.

We enjoyed some time jumping into the pools and exploring for about an hour until the crowds descended and we decided to head off but we really loved exploring this area. It was so different to anything else we saw in Morocco!

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Where to stay

There’s no shortage of cool surf retreats and hostels in the town to stay in whilst in Taghazout, not to mention Airbnbs. We loved World of Waves and then upgraded our stay to Sol House Taghazout for the last night.

World of Waves was in the heart of the action with a brilliant vibey terrace and seriously, the very best food in town!

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Sol House Taghazout is (for now) one of the two main brand hotels around, and we had a pretty nice stay here. It’s pool is lush and the sunsets were cracking!

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

Visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley

As I mentioned earlier, I think the area is changing and sadly, may lose its cool hippy vibe. I would recommend visiting soon.

I do really hope this post has been useful for anyone visiting Taghazout and Paradise Valley! Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below!

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13 Comments

  1. May 15, 2018 / 2:54 am

    I loved Morocco so much when I was there! Taghazout looks so pretty and you took some excellent photos too. Would love to return one day,

  2. May 22, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco and your photos are just fanning the flames of that desire! I was married in Gibraltar and we planned to take the ferry across, but AirFrance lost our luggage and the wedding trip was almost as much of a disaster as the marriage turned out to be, so I never did make it to Morocco. Maybe next time…

  3. May 22, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    All your photos are so beautiful and enticing! I tried surfing once on Costa Rica–not that I was any good at it.

  4. Monidipa Dutta
    May 23, 2018 / 1:03 am

    I had heard about TAGHAZOUT from a traveller friend of mine. I love sea, i love water so I loved those water and sea pictures. The place no doubt looks beautiful…

  5. May 23, 2018 / 11:50 am

    I have never been to Morocco but I always wanted to visit. Such a wonderful place.

  6. May 23, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Your post has elaborated beautifully on Morocco travel. Photographs are stunning. I love all. Though I am yet to travel to this wonderful country but your write up is tempting me to visit now.

  7. May 23, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    You look like you had an amazing time. Was the trip and activities expensive. Can you include tips on your next trip

  8. May 24, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Looking at your pictures and reading your inspiring descriptions one can easily understand why this place is called “Paradise Valley”!! Simply amazing!

  9. Karin
    May 24, 2018 / 9:56 am

    Your pics are amazing and make me want to go. Great tips too..

  10. May 25, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Never heard of Taghazout before, but I would love to visit Morocco. I know I would love it. And your photos are beautiful 🙂

    XOXO Fiona • fionadiaries.com

  11. Esme Sy
    May 26, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Wow, incredible. The place just looks like a part of heaven that came down to earth. Plus, I love the name for some reason! I’ll definitely bookmark this one.

  12. Elizabeth O
    May 28, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Oh wow this place looks like a perfect paradise like its namesake. Your photos are truly beautiful

  13. June 5, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    These photo’s are so breathtaking I need to go on holiday.

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