Prepare for 8 awesome days, with our Atlantic Coast Morocco itinerary. Its time to fill your cup with sunshine, beach-time, surf & off the beaten track travels!
This is just 1 of 6 unbeatable travel itineraries we have put together for Morocco. Combine your 8 day beach itinerary, with 10 days exploring Central Morocco to see the Sahara desert or the mountains. Or continue with a road trip to the Northern cities and Medinas of Morocco. If it’s a once in a lifetime trip of Morocco you are dreaming of, then we have just about every itinerary that you’ll possibly need. Right. Here!
We had the good fortune of slow travelling Morocco. We explored the north, south, east and west in great detail and wrote this ultimate itinerary guide to Morocco. This post explains Morocco’s regions, the best times to visit, modes of transport and our recommended routes for getting around.
On the other hand, this itinerary details 8 days on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco. It’s ideal for beach babes and surf worshippers. We take you to some of the awesome off beat destinations, explain the best surf spots AND tell you the best places to stay in each location.
Don’t forget to click through to our in-depth guides, for more specific content. Particularly in Essaouira, where we spent a full month exploring the seaside medina!
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Atlantic Coastline Morocco Itinerary Map: 8 – 10 Days
The following itinerary to 8 days on the western coast of Morocco is one of our personal favourites. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the best Moroccan surf spots, to catch a tan, but mostly to see a piece of Morocco, less frequently visited by tourists. Don’t get me wrong, there are still travellers about, but in comparison to most of Morocco, it’s quieter and far more chill.
Below we outline our recommended route map, which starts in Agadir and ends in Essaouira. But of course another alternative would be to fly in and out of Marrakech. This means taking a bus to Agadir, and at the end of your 8 days itinerary, taking a bus from Essaouira back to Marrakech.
At the end of this post, I share alternative itinerary options and other itineraries of Morocco that can be added-on!
Itinerary Overview & Where to Stay
This table shows how we suggest you plan your night stays on the Atlantic Coast. We also narrow down some of the best places to stay along this beautiful piece of coastline. Don’t be thinking luxury five star stays… this is not that kind of vacation. Instead think, rustic, simple, bohemian style guest houses and hostels.
|Dominium Residence||(optional) 1 night Agadir or skip it|
|Inna Guest House||2 nights Mirleft & Legzira|
|Tamraght – Agachill Surf House|
Taghazout – Onda Surf
|2 nights Tamraght, Taghazout or Imsouane|
|Inna Riad & Watersports Center||2 or 3 nights Essaouira|
|Boho 27 Hostel||(optional) 1 night Marrakech|
Atlantic Coastline Morocco Itinerary Details
Below we go even further into detail, for example the best methods for getting from A to B.
Probably my single biggest piece of advice before I begin, is that Agadir is an acquired taste.
It’s a resort town, offering package hotel deals, and that really isn’t our thing. In which case, I advise you miss it all together if you can. Just 15 minutes north or south and you are already better off!
Agadir: Days 1 – 2 (Optional)
Fly into Marrakech or directly into Agadir. Then either spend the night here to catch your breath or travel on south to Mirleft.
🚀 Getting There: There are many flights into Agadir from Europe, a quick search on Google Flights highlights multiple airlines. Alternatively, if you are coming from Marrakech, take the CTM bus. Approximately 8 buses travel daily from Marrakech to Agadir and the travel time is 3 hours.
💎 Where to Stay: Dominium Residence is the best of the bunch. It comes with relatively good reviews, there’s a nice pool and the rooms are comfortable.
⚡️ Things to Do in Agadir:
- Hit the beach for your first bit of beach time
- Walk the Corniche along the beach
- Visit the local Souk el Had
- Take the Cable Car for stunning panoramic views of Agadir and the coastline
Mirleft & Legzira: Days 2 – 4
Mirleft and Legzira and super destinations if you have your own transport. Popular among van lifers and travellers getting around by camper-van. There are many beaches to explore that are almost empty and the temperatures are pleasant year round.
🚀 Getting There: Travel time from Agadir to Mirleft is 2½ hours if you travel by car. Follow the N1 south, then hang a right towards the coast just after Tiznit.
You can find a private transfer here on Viator from Agadir airport direct to Mirleft.
If you’re relying on public transport it’s a slightly more challenging journey, but not a long one. Shared taxis leave from the main taxi station in Agadir to Tiznit regularly throughout the day. Then you’ll need to take another shared taxi or short bus ride from Tiznit to Mirleft.
💎 Where to Stay: Inna Guest House – Part riad, part surf house and in the perfect location. Each room has a private bathroom and they are rated Exceptional on Booking.com.
⚡️ Things to Do in Mirleft:
- Time to surf! And if you book at Inna Guest House, get in touch with them to talk surf packages
- Visit the old Spanish fort
- Ride horses or find a hiking trail nearby
- Take a day trip to Legzira, to admire the incredible rock arches – less than 30 minutes south
- Take a day trip to Sidi Ifni a little further south from Legzira
Tamraght, Taghazout or Imsouane: Days 4 – 6
Returning the journey north to Tamraght and Taghazout. These funky little surf towns, have great beaches with a bohemian backpacker vibe. However, you don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy them… as a family of four, we also found our groove!
Now, you could stay 1 night in each destination, or stay 2 to 3 nights in one destination. We prefer not do the 1 night travel stays as we end up exhausted. And in reality all three surf spots – Tamraght, Taghazout and Imsouane are equally as cool.
In a nutshell, Taghazout is a little more popular with surf tourism, Tamraght is more laid back but has a couple of beachside resorts pop up, and Imsouane is the newest surf destination to hit the map.
🚀 Getting There: From Mirleft, make your way to Agadir. Then with the awesome help of Souk to Surf book your collective taxi to Tamraght, Taghazout or Imsouane, depending on which one you prefer to stay in. Travel time from Mirleft to Tamraght is 2 hours 25 minutes; to Taghazout is 2 hours 35 minutes; to Imsouane is 3 hours 40 minutes.
💎 Where to Stay:
Tamraght – Agachill Surf House (this is where we stayed)
Taghazout – Onda Surf
⚡️ Things to Do in Tamraght, Taghazout & Imsouane:
- Surf, surf, surf! And if you don’t know how to, take a surf lesson!
- Take an ATV tour or ride horses on the beach
- Take a day trip to Paradise Valley
Essaouira: Days 6 – 8
Essaouira is one of our personal favourite places in Morocco – but we might be biased after spending a full month there. Don’t miss our full guide of Essaouira below for a series of seperate guides, day trips and things to do in Essaouira.
We share the best riads to stay in, restaurant reviews and unmissable rooftop terraces to visit. We also include a review of the surf school we signed up for in Morocco, and our horse riding experience with Yassine Cavalier Stables. There is literally loads of really cool info to help navigate your stay in Essaouira.
🚀 Getting There: The drive north on the N1 to Essaouira is an easy peasy one, albeit slightly windy. Once again, we recommend Souk to Surf for a super duper public transport option. Travel time to Essaouira from Tamraght is 2 hours 40 minutes; from Taghazout is 2 hours 30 minutes; from Imsouane is 1 hour 40 minutes.
💎 Where to Stay: In keeping with the surf house feels throughout our itinerary of 8 days on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco, we recommend Inna Riad & Watersports Center. This family run riad is very cool, in the middle of the medina and just minutes walk from the beach.
⚡️ Things to Do in
- Walk the long stretches of beach on foot or horseback
- Visit Sidi Kaouki surf beach
- Take a day trip to Ida Ougourd
- Enjoy shopping in the medina and walk the ramparts
- Learn to surf or kite surf
Adjusting the 8 Day Itinerary of Atlantic Morocco
Below are some further itinerary options to consider, or add-on.
Optional: Extra Days in Marrakech
Add days at the beginning or end of your Atlantic Coast Itinerary to turn your 8 days into a 10 days experience. This is a great opportunity to get in a little more shopping.
You could fly in and out of Marrakech, with a simple transfer between.
🚀 Getting There: Read our post on getting from Essaouira to Marrakech
💎 Where to Stay: Boho 27 Hostel is where we stayed – a cute little bohemian style hostel in the Marrakech Medina.
Read: 3 Days in Marrakech
Add-On: Itinerary of Central Morocco
Experience the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains and the Kasbahs with our adjustable 10 day Central Morocco Itinerary. We connect you with our amazing Berber guide and friend, and show you a completely different side of Morocco. Fall in love with Morocco’s hiking trails, mountain villages and dramatic dunes!
Add-on: North Morocco Cities and Medinas
From Essaouira head north towards Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen and Tangier. Add 12 days (or less if restricted by time) to explore the infamous Fes and Chefchaouen. Read our itinerary guide to North Morocco.
Connect Essaouira to Casablanca via the regular CTM bus. Travel time is 5 hours 40 minutes.
Simple Atlantic Coast Itinerary: 8 Days in Essaouira
Avoid the hassle of hopping locations and spend 8 full days in Essaouira.
Trust me… it’s very easy to spend 1 – 2 weeks enjoying Essaouira, taking day trips to the destinations mentioned within our 8 day itinerary above (though Mirleft would be quite a haul). We loved the beautiful coastline, the easy to navigate Medina, and the many restaurants and cafes, ready to nourish your gastronomy needs.
Recommended Guided Tours of Central Morocco
Take the trouble out of organising your own tour and have one organised for you. Sometimes it’s just nice to relax knowing that your travel is all taken care of, particularly in a new destination. We understand that and have found a couple of great options for you.
🔜 Coming soon! We are currently narrowing down the best tour and itinerary for 8 days on the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco. We have something in the pipeline, so check back soon.
More Morocco Itineraries
As we mentioned above we have 4 other travel itineraries for Morocco. What are you waiting for, go take a look! Or jump to our master Morocco Itinerary and travel guide, and get planning your epic Morocco holiday.
- 10 days – Central Morocco Itinerary
- 12 days – North Morocco Itinerary
- 14 days – A First Timer’s Itinerary to Morocco
- 1 month – Road Trip & Itinerary of Morocco
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