Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and the Mediterranean Sea to the North, Morocco has no shortage of beaches to explore. Popular in summer months – as locals head off on vacation and Moroccans living abroad return home for some seaside fun – it can be nearly impossible to secure accommodation, never mind a spot on the beach. However, in the off season, some of the beaches remain untouched, wild and perfect for exploring.
Situated as close to the Algerian border as possible in northern Morocco, Saidia is an idyllic town on the Mediterranean coast with one of the loveliest Mediterranean beaches in Morocco. Somewhat sleepy, this town comes alive in the summer months when Moroccans flock here for a beach holiday; but the town itself is in a unique position, as the Kasbah, located just behind the beach, is still occupied by locals to this day.
Legzira Plage made headlines recently, when one of the famous, large, arched rock formations collapsed this summer due to erosion. While the rubble remains, the secluded sandy bay maintains its beauty. Climb up the cliff for views of the red rock formations and the Atlantic Ocean, or head down for a wander along the sandy beach and a dip in the water. Accommodation is limited in the small town, with most travelers choosing to stay in the nearby, formerly Spanish outpost of Sidi Ifni.
The whitewashed medina of Asilah comes alive in the summer months, as Moroccans flock to this seaside town, alongside Spaniards living just across the Strait of Gibraltar and arriving in nearby Tangier. The beach here has the same laid-back vibe as the town itself, although beach services are minimal. However, young locals will be happy to set up a beach umbrella for you, where you can spend the day shaded from the bold sun, happily enjoying the cool breeze and feel of this little seaside town.
A popular alternative to nearby Essaouira, where the winds tend to be high, Sidi Kaouki is a rather untouched paradise, with a wild beach, small sand dunes and a marabout keeping watch over the waters. During off season, horses and camels are available for beach treks and loungers are available for sunseekers, while the central square houses a simple café and restaurant. Hotels range from simple to mid-range, with the selling feature being the wild, open beach views. Nearby beachfront Mouette et Dromadaires provides a Western-style dining experience.
This gorgeous little town heaves in the summer when Moroccans flock to the Mediterranean Sea. The white, sandy beaches, warm waters, and views of lush green mountains that appear to rise out of the water make this a popular destination, not only in summer but year-round, as locals from nearby cities like Tangier head here for weekend breaks. The boardwalk is long and perfect for wandering after a day on the beach, with stops at one of the cafés or ice cream shops that dot the way.
Located 13 kilometers south of Rabat, the Tamara Plage is a wild beach easily accessible from the capital city of Morocco. Tourists who decide to stay here certainly have a number of accommodation options, but it’s the well-heeled locals who own beachfront villas who frequent the area. In summer months, this makes for a perfect base to explore Rabat, as the bus runs frequently between the two cities. Be aware that swimming conditions at Mehdia Plage and Plage des Nations in the Rabat region can be dangerous.