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Practical Morocco FAQ

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Beach towel, pen (for arrival/departure form at passport control), swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, flipflops, beach bag, plastic bag (for transporting your wet wetsuit), something warm to wear at night. If you’re bringing your surfboard, take your fins off the board and don’t forget the fins, fin screws, fin key, leash and some wax.

WHAT AIRLINES SERVE AGADIR?

Agadir is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times between 2-4 hours.

Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport (London, Paris, Amsterdam, etc.) as there are no direct flights to Agadir.

Airlines serving Agadir

Royal Air Maroc

UK: Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomson (London, Manchester, Bristol)

France: Jetairfly, Transavia, Aigle Azur

Germany: Condor, SunExpress, Air Berlin, Ryanair

Belgium: Thomas Cook , Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly

Netherlands: Transavia

Note some flights are seasonal from November to April: Aer Lingus, Norwegian

Transfers from Marrakech can also be arranged and take 4-5 hours and cost £100 for 1-4 people. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange a transfer. Or else you can take a bus; we recommend either CTM or Supratours.

DO I NEED A VISA ?

EU, US, Australia and New Zealand passport holders with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist purposes. If you hold a passport from another country, check http://www.moroccanconsulate.com/visa.cfm

WHAT ABOUT CUSTOMS/PASSPORT CONTROL?

When you enter and leave, you will need to fill out a form with basic information such as your name, birth date, occupation and passport details. BRING A PEN ON THE PLANE!

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised childcare facilities. Lessons are available for children ages 6 and up, however children under 12 should be actively supervised by a parent or guardian in the water at all times as our instructors will have other guests to attend to. Please email us if you need to discuss further. Children of all ages are welcome to join us at the beach if they are not surfing. Child car seats are available with car hire, but please reserve in advance. Cots are not available at our accommodation.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY? WHERE CAN I GET IT?

The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 13/£, 11/€ and 8/US$. Dirhams are not always offered at exchange counters outside of Morocco, and the exchange rate is better if you wait until you arrive in Morocco. There are exchange facilities and ATMs in the airport. There are also plenty of ATMs in Agadir. There are no ATMs in Taghazout, the nearest is Aourir (Banana Village), a five-minute drive from Taghazout. To be on the safe side, we recommend you bring the phone number of your bank in case your bank places a security hold on your card. Note your ATM daily withdrawal limit is also in effect here as well, and you may not be able to withdraw large sums of money in one day. If you think you may need to sell any leftover notes before you leave, keep one of your orignal exchange receipts, preferably one with your name on it.

Please note: Traveller’s cheques cannot be exchanged at the airport or locally, and there are only a few places in Agadir that will change them (at a disadvantageous exchange rate). We do not recommend bringing Traveller’s cheques.

CAN I USE MY PHONE? IS THERE INTERNET?

Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good, with reception on all the beaches. You can find public phones (coin and cards) in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap. There is free wifi available at our surf camp and Taghazout apartments. There are also cafés with free wifi in the area.

HOW DO I CALL MOROCCO?

The international country code for Morocco is +212. If calling from outside the country, you will need to dial your international operator code (+ on a mobile, or 00 for Europe, and 011 for the US and Canada) then the number. If you see a Moroccan phone number listed without 212 preceding it, you will need to add it. If calling locally, drop the 212 and add a 0 before the number.

WHAT VOLTAGE AND PLUGS DO YOU USE?

Morocco is on 220 volts with European two-pin round plugs. Please bring a a plug adaptor, if you expect you will need one. Note to Americans: leave your hairdryer at home, but your cell phone and laptop will be fine with just a plug adaptor, no converter needed.

WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL CARE?

No vaccinations are required for visitors to Morocco and you will unlikely come across a mosquito, so anti-malarial precautions are not necessary. We have first aid kits in our vehicles. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals and clinics in Agadir. Charges will apply according to the treatment received so make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive, and bring the contact number with you in case you do have an emergency. Pharmacies in Morocco are plentiful and carry pretty much anything you might need, with lots of medications available without a doctor’s prescription. Surfing is at your own risk!

IS IT SAFE TO DRIVE IN MOROCCO?

If you are renting a car, please ensure you have a valid photo driving license. The law insists that you always carry your license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and mobile phone use while driving is a finable offense. Police and gendarme checkpoints are common along the routes and you must slow down or even stop and wait for them to wave you through. Watch out for police hiding with speed radar. They will stop you and fine you an on-the-spot payment. In Morocco, as in Europe/US driving is on the right. The main roads in the area are relatively new though are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, especially when off-roading to check out surf spots, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please park in a paid parking area or where there are others parked for your own safety as well as the car’s. Parking is usually 5 dirhams/day. If you are hiring a car with us, we provide roof straps.

HOW SHOULD I DRESS?

Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimsuits and bikinis are expected on the beach, but nudity is not (please be discreet when changing). For women, it is advisable when walking around town or the city not to wear anything too revealing, and a scarf is handy for those occasions when you’re feeling a bit exposed in certain eyes. It can get chilly at night, and trousers and jumpers are necessary from fall through spring, and especially winter, so make sure you bring some warm clothes too.

WHAT AMENITIES ARE THERE LOCALLY?

There’s an abundance of small corner shops selling water, soda, crisps, fruit, vegetables and other essentials. For cigarettes, you must go to a Tabac, and there are 2 in town. There is a well stocked pharmacy and a few surf shops (see below).  Alcohol can be bought only in Agadir (see below). You can buy Moroccan handicrafts locally as well, or even on the beach, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have time to go to Agadir.

WHAT'S THE FOOD LIKE, IS IT SAFE?

The food available at restaurants is a mixture of Moroccan and international dishes. You can get some great couscous and tagines, but pizzas and hamburgers are served at most restaurants as well. Guiding and lessons packages include a packed lunch with sandwiches, soda, biscuits and fruit.

Tap water at our surf camp and Taghazout apartments (not necessarily everywhere else though) is potable and technically safe for drinking, and certainly fine for cooking and brushing teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink large quantities. Bottled mineral water is cheap (5 dirhams) and available everywhere. Sometimes visitors suffer stomach upsets, but this often passes quickly (usually within 24 hours), so give yourself a break, drink plenty of water, and stay near a bathroom, if you can.

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?

Although Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol by Muslims, and alcohol cannot be sold or served in Taghazout, it can be bought in Agadir before 8pm. If you’re coming from the airport and wish to purchase alchohol for the duration of your stay, please ask us or your taxi driver to make a pitstop. Note that stores stop selling alcohol at 8pm. Popular places to buy alcohol in Agadir are, Carrefour Uniprix and Atacadao. Some types of alcohol and imports can be expensive, so it may serve you well to get Duty Free on your way here.

CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY FILMS OR BOOKS ABOUT MOROCCO?

Not that any films really show what Morocco is like, but the classics are Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) with Jimmy Stewart and of course, “Casablanca” (1942) with Humphrey Bogart. More modern ones with Morocco in the background are “Hideous Kinky” (1998) with Kate Winslet, “The Sheltering Sky” (1990), based on a book by Paul Bowles and starring John Malkovich, and “Babel” (2006) starring Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.

Great books about Morocco include the series of novels/stories written by Paul Bowles in the 1940s and 50s, most notably “The Spider’s House” and “Let It Come Down”, and recent works by Tahir Shah such as the Peter Mayle-esque “The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca” and “In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams”.

There’s tons of Moroccan surf movies on YouTube and Vimeo as well!

Mint Surf FAQ

WHERE IS MINT SURF MOROCCO?

Mint Surf Morocco is based in the surfing mecca north of Agadir in the town of Taghazout. We are 18km from the city of Agadir, and a a 45 min drive from Agadir Al Massira international airport, which is a short hop (2-4 hours) from most European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year-round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.

We recommend guests fly into Agadir al-Massira airport, which is the closest airport. Alternatives are to fly into Marrakesh or Essaouira and either take the bus to Agadir (CTM or Supratours), or arrange a taxi transfer with us (Marrakesh – 4hrs £100, Essaouira – 2.5hr £60).

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised childcare facilities. Lessons are available for children ages 6 and up, however children under 12 should be actively supervised by a parent or guardian in the water at all times as our instructors will have other guests to attend to. Please email us if you need to discuss further. Children of all ages are welcome to join us at the beach if they are not surfing. Child car seats are available with car hire, but please reserve in advance. Cots are not available at our accommodation.

WHAT AMENITIES ARE THERE LOCALLY?

There’s an abundance of small corner shops selling water, soda, crisps, fruit, vegetables and other essentials. For cigarettes, you must go to a Tabac, and there are 2 in town. There is a well stocked pharmacy and a few surf shops (see below).  Alcohol can be bought only in Agadir (see below). You can buy Moroccan handicrafts locally as well, or even on the beach, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have time to go to Agadir.

WHAT'S THE FOOD LIKE, IS IT SAFE?

The food available at restaurants is a mixture of Moroccan and international dishes. You can get some great couscous and tagines, but pizzas and hamburgers are served at most restaurants as well. Guiding and lessons packages include a packed lunch with sandwiches, soda, biscuits and fruit.

Tap water at our surf camp and Taghazout apartments (not necessarily everywhere else though) is potable and technically safe for drinking, and certainly fine for cooking and brushing teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink large quantities. Bottled mineral water is cheap (5 dirhams) and available everywhere. Sometimes visitors suffer stomach upsets, but this often passes quickly (usually within 24 hours), so give yourself a break, drink plenty of water, and stay near a bathroom, if you can.

DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETS?

Let us know in advance if you have any special requirements, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have what you need.  Any vegetarians need to tell us if they also exclude dairy (milk and cheese) or eggs from their diets. This being Morocco, not not all specialized food alternatives are available. Soya milk and some diabetic products are available though. If you are gluten free, please bring your own gluten wraps/bread, and we will use these in your sandwiches for lunch.

DO YOU SUPPLY TOWELS?

Bath towels but not beach towels are available for stays at our surf camp and Taghazout apartments. At ALL venues you will need to bring your own beach towels (probably the item most often forgotten).

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?

Although Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol by Muslims, and alcohol cannot be sold or served in Taghazout, it can be bought in Agadir before 8pm. If you’re coming from the airport and wish to purchase alchohol for the duration of your stay, please ask us or your taxi driver to make a pitstop. Note that stores stop selling alcohol at 8pm. Popular places to buy alcohol in Agadir are, Carrefour Uniprix and Atacadao. Some types of alcohol and imports can be expensive, so it may serve you well to get Duty Free on your way here.

WHAT ABOUT THE EVENINGS?

Every evening we go out for dinner as a group to different local restaurants so you get to experience real life away from the typical surf camp bubble. No alcohol sold or served in town, but taxis are available to take you for a drink at one of the newer local hotel bars (near town, but not in town) or to experience Agadir’s nightlife.

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE THERE?

If you need a break from surfing, the most popular activity is a hike through Paradise Valley. Amongst the palm trees and clear blue pools of water, great for cliff-diving, the path through the ancient valley is easily navigable.

The big souk (market) in Agadir provides the quintessential Moroccan shopping experience with leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, carpets, blankets, jewellery and clothing, but don’t forget to haggle! On Friday there is also a small market in Taghazout’s village square and on Wednesday there is a large Berber market in nearby Banana Village (Aourir).

A visit to a local Moroccan bathhouse (hammam) can be arranged by us.  It is a real community experience where Moroccans of all ages go for a refreshing steam and scrub. Bring a towel, shorts or bikini bottoms, shower gel and shampoo.

Horse and camel rides and quad biking are all close by and easily organized. Massage is available locally. For those who want to relax there are miles of empty golden sandy beaches to discover or you can sunbathe and chill out on the terrace.

The beautiful seaside town of Essaouira is only two and half hours north and is a popular day trip.

WHEN IS CHECK IN AND OUT?

You can arrive at any time and any day of the week, but it will not always be possible to have your room ready before 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your room isn’t immediately available, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on your holiday. Check out is officially 12pm, but if you need a later check out, let us know and we’ll do our best.

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR PAYMENT?

To book with us, we only require a small deposit, usually £50 (or more for larger bookings) paid via Paypal by a link on our website. For your balance, we prefer payment here in cash and we take pounds, euros and Moroccan dirhams. Alternatives such as Paypal and bank transfer can be arranged but may incur fees.  Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

SURF FAQ

WHAT IS THE SURF AND THE WEATHER LIKE? WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

Morocco is a year-round destination for great surf and great weather. During the winter months the waves, that have made Morocco famous, come to life, andis the best tome for advanced surfers. But there is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco, from ideal beginner waves to challenging reef ledges. Intermediates and those new to the sport should not be put off or worried. Due to the nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, and those looking for something challenging won’t be disappointed. Morocco is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Between the months November to February there is a small chance of rain. The summer months (April – October) are full of sunny days, and see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches and reefs on the more exposed north-west coast.

Typical wave size and temperatures:

  Swell Air Temp Sea temp Wetsuits
Sept – Nov 4 – 8 ft 25c – 30c 18c – 21c shorts/shortie
Dec- Feb 4 – 15 ft 18c – 26c 16c – 18 3/2 full suit
Mar – May 4 – 6 ft 20c – 30c 18c – 20c 3/2 full – short arm 3/2
Jun – Aug 2- 4 ft 25c – 30c 21c + Shorts/ vest

Your choice of wetsuit comes down to personal choice and tolerance, but generally you should bring a 3/2mm full suit, and when it gets too hot, just go in the water as you are. All our surf school wetsuits are 3/2 full suits.

Of course, visit magicseaweed.com for daily weather and swell forecasts.

WHAT BOARD SHOULD I BRING?

In general, the majority of advanced waves are right-hand point breaks from soft, slow, rolling spots to heavy, fast barrelling spots. Bring equipment to suit your ability and what you want to surf. We have lots of great Surftech boards for hire as well, if you decide you want try a new/different shape or size, or if conditions change. If you’re taking our guiding package, please check the forecast and take only one board out for the day.

WHAT KIND OF SURFING GEAR CAN I BUY THERE?

There are a few surf shops in Taghazout that sell the necessary items, but there’s not a large selection, and prices are not cheap. We recommend you bring booties, zinc, fins, or anything you specifically require. You can of course get your Morocco surfing t-shirts, hoodies, hats, etc. here. Board repairs are relatively cheap and of good quality.

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