9 awesome things to do in Taghazout
Last Updated: 15 October 2021
Looking for things to do in Taghazout? These are the 9 most awesome adventures and activities that you can experience in this iconic town.
Ahhh… Taghazout. The surf capital of Morocco and a paradise for people with a preference for going right. We love this wave-rich region with the passion of a thousand burning Moroccan suns for so many reasons.
From the epic experiences that it offers to the captivating landscape and legendary locals, you won’t be bored in Taghazout if you’re open to new adventures. In this article, you can find information on surf lessons, yoga classes and riding camels on the beach, among other activities.
So get ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime – these are the 9 most awesome things to do in Taghazout, Morocco.
1. 4×4 adventures in Taghazout
If the waves are flat (unlikely) or you’re seeking some adrenaline on dry land, there are a bunch of different tour companies that can arrange 4×4 adventures in Taghazout.
You will need to wear safety protection if you go quad (four wheels) or motorbike riding, but the experience will be one for the memory bank. You’ll visit some of the more secluded beaches and scope out the best sand dunes. From there’s it’s just a matter of pulling back on that throttle and cutting loose.
In addition to the rush that you’re bound to get from riding a bike across steep dunes or deserted beaches, you’ll also get to drink in some pretty impressive views. To say 4×4 adventures in Taghazout are Instagram-worthy is an understatement.
This will be a totally new experience for many of you and well worth the cost of admission. Just remember to take care of that helmet hair before you get your shot.
2. Eat all the food
Taghazout might be a surfer’s paradise, but it’s also foodie nirvana. Inexpensive, fresh and hearty, the local cuisine will either put you in a food coma or fill you up after a big day of chasing waves.
Either way… you win.
In our opinion, the best restaurants and eateries in Taghazout combine Moroccan cuisine with an international twist and a trendy vibe. Think tagine with curry and antipasto dishes plus the odd hamburger and fish meal.
Oh, and don’t forget about the delicious bananas. Our surf camp in Taghazout is called Banana Village after all, which means you’re never far away from one of these delicious fruits. As for our pick of the best restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, Morocco, here are a few places we recommend you check out:
- Cafe Mouja
- L’Auberge Restaurant
- Cafe La Paix
- Let’s Be Healing Food
3. Hike Taghazout and surrounds
Surfed your brains out or need to burn off that massive breakfast? Then taking a walk around the Taghazout community is a fantastic way to get moving and see some sights.
Go for a walk along some of the more chilled beaches, such as Banana Beach or La Source (pro tip: there’s an awesome cave at La Source – just wait for the tide to go all the way out and you can explore).
There’s also a kickass viewing spot on the hill behind Panorama Point and Panorama Beach. From here you can gaze out over both of these breaks and admire the views down the coast.
On a clear day, you can see for kilometers and really get a feel for the lay of the land. For us, this is a special little spot if you want to do some light hiking in Taghazout, Morocco. But after hiking around the countryside, you might need to stretch out your tired or cramping muscles. And what’s the best way to stretch out the pain?
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4. Try yoga lessons with a certified teacher
Surf and yoga go together like bananas and pancakes.
Yoga has deep roots within the broader surfing community, and the physical and spiritual benefits you get from your on-mat practice translate well into the water.
It gives you a clearer mind, so you can focus more on applying the right technique to every wave you take. It also facilitates a better sense of balance, allowing you to stand up faster. And with a stronger body, you can handle bigger waves. Even breath control plays a role in both yoga and surfing.
In short, it definitely helps surfers.
What’s more, we offer a daily yoga class (run by a certified and highly knowledgeable yoga instructor) at our Banana Village surf camp. The advantage to this is that it’s really convenient since you can incorporate yoga into your daily surf routine without having to look around for a yoga class in town or travel in order to undertake a session.
Another thing to consider is the fact that yoga will help you recover quicker.
Surfing for the first time or jumping back on a board after time off can be stressful on the body. Yoga classes help by stretching your arms, back, legs, shoulders, neck and wrists – reducing the risk of injury and getting you back in the waves.
5. Visit the Taghazout skatepark
When the waves are flat or you just feel like mixing things up, it’s good to know that you can also visit the Taghazout skatepark.
Located just off the National Route 1 highway above the township, SkatePark Taghazout is an epic place to hang with friends, check out the sights and rip around on your skateboard. It’s famous for being an inclusive spot to skate. It’s also been designed by world-class skaters from around the world, so the layout is legit.
Most tourists opt to simply watch the locals tear it up, but you’re welcome to try your hand at skateboarding too. Just remember to go easy if it’s your first time. The last thing we want is for you to bang yourself up while skateboarding and miss out on some epic surf days.
If you’re a pro though, you’re going to love the cement ramps, quarterpipes and rails here in Taghazout. If only for the fact that it’s a cool spot to meet new people.
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6. Surf the best cluster of pointbreaks in the world
You can opt to visit Taghazout for a yoga package or sample any one of the area’s many restaurants. You can even explore the Moroccan High Atlas mountains if that’s your jam. But one thing you absolutely must do while you’re in this region is take surf lessons and check out the country’s iconic pointbreaks.
Taghazout, Morocco, is known for its waves after all. And many people come here purely to ride its beautiful pointbreaks, beach breaks and reefs. From Banana Point to Anchor Point, Killer Point and Boilers, the sheer volume of decent surf spots is mind-blowing.
There are also waves for every skill level.
Seriously, perhaps you’ve never held a surfboard before or visited the open ocean. You can still book a stay with us and go from whitewater warrior to confident surfer. All it takes is the right attitude (and some expert guidance).
As for intermediate or experienced surfers, you won’t be disappointed. Taghazout, Morocco, is a world-renowned destination for waves and our surf team knows exactly how to put you in the right spot at the right time.
If you want to tap into local surf knowledge, all you need to do is ask. We offer daily surf travel tips and surf guiding for intermediate and experienced surfers who want to discover a new challenge.
7. Go horseback or camel riding on the beach
Both camels and horses have played an important role in the history of Morocco.
Whether riding through the main street of Taghazout, the narrow streets of the city souks or in the unspoiled countryside, the experience of riding a horse or camel is one to treasure for years to come. The best horseback or camel riding day trip though involves riding along a pristine beach.
By doing so you can see the coastline from an entirely new perspective. You can also cover more ground than if you were to embark on a hike. From the back of a horse or a camel, you gain insight into a way of life that has existed for centuries.
Sure… you can surf, explore Taghazout village or hang around the ocean. But imagine a camel riding trip at sunset while on the beach or a horseback ride across the dramatic Moroccan landscape – it’s one of those other activities that take you off the beaten track.
Join experienced guides on a solo day trip or saddle up with a group of friends. The guides will provide all of the security, support and help necessary to make you feel comfortable on your very first horse or camel ride.
8. Take a trip to the famous Paradise Valley
The High Atlas mountains are a mountain range in central Morocco.
The highest point of the Atlas Mountains, the High Atlas rises in the west at the Atlantic Ocean and stretches in an eastern direction to the Moroccan-Algerian border. Perhaps the most famous place in the whole of the High Atlas is Paradise Valley.
Located in the foothills of the mountains, Paradise Valley is a hidden oasis that’s been created by thousands of years of erosion. The result of this gradual weathering is a peaceful, tranquil valley for truly adventurous souls looking for something fun and interesting.
There are cliffs on both sides of the valley plus pools that offer a welcome respite from the searing heat. You can go swimming in these rock pools or simply lounge about on the rocks and get a tan.
One of the best things about Paradise Valley is the waterfalls that fill each pool and run from a source deep within the mountains.
If there’s one day trip you need to do (between surfing and eating delicious Moroccan cuisine), it’s a trip to Paradise Valley.
9. Shop for authentic Moroccan handcrafts in Taghazout
In addition to the restaurant and cafe scene (complete with outstanding coffee might we add), Taghazout also has lots of small boutiques with locally made handcrafts.
These handicrafts are a mix of artworks, pottery and trinkets. All of which have a distinctive style influenced by Arab-Muslim and Amazigh civilizations. Clothing shops specialize in leather while jewelry stores sell earrings, necklaces and pendants. These are often made from copper, silver, colored glass and even amber.
Better yet, the sellers of these products and the shops that host their wares are incredibly cool. You can really lose yourself in the fragrances and the sights as you wander around looking for that perfect keepsake.
For more information about the shopping in Taghazout, please talk to the team at our surf camp.