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Surf, Wing Foil and kitesurf activities in Essaouira

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Essaouira, with its Medina listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The old Mogador with its souk, its port and its Gnaoua music festival has managed to preserve its traditions and its charm within its ramparts.

Essaouira attracts artists from all over the world who settle there to breathe in the magical atmosphere of the old Mogador

Classified as a biological reserve since 1980, the island of Mogador is a very popular natural and ornithological site. It has several species of birds such as seagulls, gulls, great cormorants, pale swifts and ravens, but it is above all a place of welcome for the very rare 700 pairs of Eleonora's falcons which come to breed there between April and October before leaving for distant Madagascar. Added to these birds are some reptiles and rabbits.

For water sports enthusiasts, it is one of the essential spots for practicing water sports (trade winds, swells), it is the charm of a city of history and cultural mixes, it is also our school. sailing (nautical base) ideally located which opens its doors to you for new sensations to experience in complete safety. City of passion, the wind makes Essaouira a kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing destination par excellence.

Located on a protected bay, the city enjoys a particularly mild and stable climate, under the influence of the trade winds.
The Essaouira spot is a complete spot par excellence. The city enjoys a particularly mild and stable climate, under the influence of the trade winds. A bay protected from the sea swell; to the north, the long planing edges; to the south, the waves for jumps and surfs.

Wind > F4: 23 days/month.

Water temperature: 19 to 22°C.

Outside temperature: 25°C.


Surfing is practiced all year round, thanks to the island of Mogador which protects it from large swells.
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are practiced during the windiest periods, from March to September. Gastronomy is very rich in Essaouira. As in all Morocco. However, Essaouira has culinary specialties that other cities do not have. Thanks to the development of its port and its fisheries. Fish is ubiquitous in the local cuisine. The tajine souiri is specific to the city.

Like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens are drawn to the musical sounds of the Gnaoua brotherhood and enjoy staying there.

It therefore remains particularly famous for African-style Gnaoua music. The Gnaouas are a component part of its population. Indeed, they are originally descendants of former black slaves from sub-Saharan Africa and deported to the Maghreb by the Arabs. Gnaoua music thus uses several types of instruments, such as qraqeb (or qrâqech), a kind of rattlesnake, percussion instruments such as djembes, as well as guembris, which are string instruments. This musical style is experiencing a real craze, and Essaouira hosts the Gnaouas Festival every summer, which has been a real success since its very first editions.

The singular artists of Essaouira participate in the artistic movement of the city. Historically, when it was founded, Sultan Mohammed ben Abdellah brought in people of all origins, including a very large number of artists, which allowed the city, which had become a "crossroads of civilizations", to be a city of art and to possess exceptional artistic creativity.

Craftsmanship is very important in the life of the inhabitants of Essaouira. Diversified, it remains the main activity of the city. In 2011, more than 31% of the population of the province lives from the craft sector.

Cedar marquetry remains without a doubt the biggest provider of jobs and income. In 2011, 58% of artisans in Essaouira worked with cedar wood.
There are many religious buildings in Essaouira. Due to its multiculturalism, the city has several mosques, synagogues and churches.
The city of Essaouira is twinned with several cities:

  • La Rochelle (France) since 1999.
  • Etterbeek (Belgium) since 2003.
  • Île de Gorée (Senegal) since 2005.
  • Changshu (China) since 2012.


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