The constant blustery winds, wild beach and good budget accommodation at Sidi Kaouki have made it one of Morocco’s top windsurfing and surfing spots. It’s not for the faint-hearted (waves average 1m to 3m and the currents can be dangerous), but even if you don’t take to the water, it’s a chilled escape from Essaouira.

Sidi Kaouki Surf

The large building on the rocks, washed by the sea, is the final resting place of Sufi saint Sidi Kaouki, who was known for his healing abilities. People still visit the shrine. For water sports, the quintessential surfers’ hang-out on the beach is the Sidi Kaouki Surf Club, a brightly decorated cafe-clubhouse with a cool vibe. You can arrange lessons and hire surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing gear here.

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