Essaouira is an old medieval walled town located on the Atlantic approx 180km from Marrakech. It is a mix of the old and the new, with the original town and markets against the backdrop of the newer town with the more modern hotels and shopping precincts. It is a lovely town, with medina’s and old, traditional shops located in a network of streets that really does hark back to the old days. You can get everything here from little touristy trinkets to traditional furniture to classic Morrocan crockery and all a short walk from your hotel.

As you explore the city you will discover that the choice of places to eat is phenomenal. One unique and very good restaurants is El Khaima (the tent) in Chrib Attay square. As the name suggests, you dine in a large tent with a very traditional & tasty menu, all with very competitive prices. There is such a large choice of eateries though that you will find your own favourite with every budget & taste catered for here.

Further down, in the cobbled streets and an explore away are the fish and meat souks. These are frequented by locals, so the prices are cheaper here. You can choose your fish and it is grilled right in front of you, you cant get any fresher and its amazing value.

The weather in Essaouira is pretty consistent throughout the year. The wind blows cross offshore from the right. The best time for beginners is in the morning, as it is for children. The wind then starts to get stronger until by 12 it is really best that the more experienced kitesurfers are out on the water. If you do get a day that is not so windy (and they do sometimes occur) then a trip to other beaches may be the answer. Other spots such as Moulay Bouzerktoun are a 20km drive away and can be organized on the day, its about £11.00 in a taxi or the centre owner does a shuttle run as he lives in Essaouira.

The nightlife in Essaouira is a little limited with alcohol available in restaurants and bars and there are even a few off-licences. Essaouira is a great place to eat, kitesurf and shop rather than a place to party all night in!.

Riad Zahra
Distance to Beach :
2 mins
Distance to Centre :
2 mins
Room Basis :
B and B
Rating :
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A3* family run guest house situated a 10min walk from the Medina along the beachfront and 2 minutes over the road from the kite centre. It is a small, peaceful and chilled little place with 23 rooms that offers good value for money, a warm welcome and great tapas!
Complex Features :
Swimming pool
Spanish Tapas Restaurant
Roof terrace
Bed and Breakfast
Free kit storage
Room Features :
En-suite rooms with showers
Satellite TV
Traditional decor
Seaview rooms avaialble
Atlas Hotel & Spa
Distance to Beach :
1 min
Distance to Centre :
5-10 mins
Room Basis :
B and B
Half Board
Rating :
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An upmarket 4* hotel right on the seafront with a pool , situated half way between the medina and the kite centre. As you would expect there are all the facilities in this 156 room hotel including room service,various restaurants , air con and really comfortable beds.
Complex Features :
Two swimming pools
Hammam spa facility
Private beach
Free Wi-Fi
A la carte restaurant
Room Features :
Satellite TV
Room service
Laundry service
Sea view rooms available

The Spot & Conditions

Enjoy the 5km long sandy beach with prevailing winds from the right and flat water at the town end getting wavier as you go down wind with soft, well spaced waves so ideal for an introduction to waveriding. The kite centre is about half way so well placed for all levels. My wife learnt to kitesurf in Essaouira, it is a little more challenging but she had a great time and is hooked.

Beginner & improver kitesurfing lessons usually take place in the morning with lighter airs and the wind increases in strength as the day progresses. By lunchtime you should see a good 20-25+ knots and slightly bigger seas so good practice for most UK coast kitesurf spots.

Off the water there is a fantastic bistro style restaurant for lunch and refreshments plus sunloungers & deckchairs to chill out and watch the action.

Moulay is 20 km along the coast and easy trip from Essaouira. When the PKRA rolled into town this is where they spent the last day and scored some great conditions.In the other direction is a great spot Sidi Kaouki, again worth a visit for some entry level waveriding with glassy well spaced waves to enjoy.

The Centre

Situated on the beach downwind from Essaouira town and the busier town beach, this is a well stocked and well positioned centre. Launching in front of the centre there is a small shoredump at high tide, downwind it becomes wavier and upwind the water flattens off. This is where the kitesurfing world tour held their competitons when I was there in Essaouiria although on their last day they headed off to Moulay to play in the bigger waves down there.

10 Hour Beginner Course

The course for kitesurfing beginners, starting with safety & kit set up then kite flying skills and body dragging. You will be tackling waterstarts before you know it. 4 students per instructor.


6 Hour Semi-private Course

Semi private tuition to take you to the next level or to regain your sea legs, this is the course for you.


2 Hour Private Tuition, excluding kit

One to one instruction lets the instructor concentrate 100% on your technique whether its raillies or kite loops you want to learn.


7 day Equipment Rental

Includes secure overnight storage and rescue during centre opening hours.


14 day Equipment Rental

Includes secure overnight storage and rescue during centre opening hours.


7 day Equipment Storage and Rescue Cover


14 day Equipment Storage and Rescue Cover

Asides from the fantastic beaches up and down the coast for kiting, the beaches are equally good for surfing so hire a board and off you go, you can even enjoy a 'surfari' at multiple spots. Alternatively, hire a quad bike to explore the coast or enjoy a gallop along the wide sandy beaches, the choice is yours. For the more adventurous, jump in a car and head to Agadir or Marrakesh and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan cities. Lastly of course, Morocco is famous for its hammams or traditional steam baths, pamper yourself in one of the local baths to steam away those aches and pains, you’ll love it.
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