Rabat – Large impenetrable waves, faintly illuminated in the warm glow of street lamps, crashed into a jagged rocky shoreline. In the distance, clouds angled over the peaceful horizon. The last bits of sunlight penetrated through them, breaking through the seams. My feet dangled over a rocky precipice, the foaming mouth of the ocean breathing […]
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Rabat – Large impenetrable waves, faintly illuminated in the warm glow of street lamps, crashed into a jagged rocky shoreline. In the distance, clouds angled over the peaceful horizon. The last bits of sunlight penetrated through them, breaking through the seams.
My feet dangled over a rocky precipice, the foaming mouth of the ocean breathing below. The only sounds were those of passing cars and the giant swells rising and falling.
The sharp rocks twisted into strange formations. Their uneven surfaces periodically disappeared, engulfed in dark, powerful water.
A fire burned on the reef, a few silhouettes gathered around it. The rough coast, covered in shadow, extended into the distance.
The line where the ocean met the sky entranced me. The distinct separation was barely visible as the sky darkened.
One of my most memorable nights in Rabat was spent exploring its rugged shoreline. I walked several miles along the coast, amazed at the intense beauty below me. I eventually ended up sitting on a cliff edge, quietly observing the seething water underneath my feet.
It was a lot to take in. I grew up in the American midwest, and had never seen anything quite like Rabat’s sharp and tumultuous coastline.
I explored a few other beaches during my two month stay in Morocco, always struck by their natural beauty. I visited the country’s southern coasts of Agadir and Essaouira. These beaches are pristine, and wonderful places to take a walk, relax, or throw a frisbee.
If you are visiting Morocco, I highly recommend you explore Rabat’s incredible shoreline. The beaches of Agadir and Essaouira, for their own reasons, are unique travel destinations.
Morocco has approximately 1,200 miles of coastline, with magnificent beaches in many cities and towns. The most popular beaches are in Agadir, Essaouira, Casablanca, and Tangier.
Here are a few photos I took in Rabat, Agadir, and Essaouira. Hopefully they inspire you to explore Morocco’s beaches, and to witness the beauty for yourself.
Rabat’s Beach, Plage de Rabat
Rabat’s beach, Plage de Rabat, is quite long and wide. There are several places to sit and relax in the sun.
This beach is also a popular destination for those learning how to surf. As a fair warning, avoid surfing at the adjoining beach. On this smaller beach massive waves crash into an uneven shoreline, which makes it very dangerous.
Rabat’s main beach has something of a commercial aesthetic. I find the neighboring beach to be more laid-back. It tends to be quieter, with fewer visitors frequenting the small, sandy bar.
Aside from its main beaches, Rabat also has a sharp and rocky shoreline. The jagged coastline extends for miles, covered in overgrown grass and beaten trails. This was by far my favorite place to explore. It is much more intense and wild than Rabat’s main beach.
Massive waves crash into rocky cliffs by the ocean on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Rabat, Morocco.Two women stand on a cliff face overlooking the ocean as large waves crash into nearby rock formations. Photo taken on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Rabat, Morocco. The sun lights up the jagged shoreline as waves engulf rocks below. In the distance, the silhouettes of buildings stand out against a blue sky. Photo taken on March 7, 2020 in Rabat, Morocco.Agadir’s Beach
The beach in Agadir is more commercial, attracting tourists from around the world. Behind the beach are numerous restaurants, small vendors, and stores.
Compared to the beaches of Rabat and Essaouira, Agadir is not nearly as quaint or quiet. It is still beautiful, though, covered in fine sand, extending across a lengthy shoreline.
If you enjoy dining by the oceanside, I highly recommend Agadir Beach. There are a number of fine restaurants right next to the shore with nice views of the ocean.
This is also a great place to take a swim. One of my fondest memories in Agadir was frolicking in the waves with my friends.
As a warning, the waves are powerful and can become quite large. Exercise caution when diving into the ocean, especially if the tide is high.
A group of local boys play soccer on the beach on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Agadir, Morocco. The silhouettes of palm trees stand out against Agadir’s smooth coastline. Photo taken on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Agadir, Morocco.The fine sands of Agadir Beach extend into the distance. Photo taken on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Agadir, Morocco.Essaouira’s Beach
Of the three beaches I visited, Essaouira was easily my favorite. It was truly stunning, in every sense of the word.
The beach extends for nearly a mile. Parts of Essaouira’s beach are more active, while other sections are calm and quiet. The busier sections are frequented by visitors playing soccer, sunbathing, throwing frisbees, and relaxing.
The great part about this beach are the calmer areas. In these sections, there is much less crowding.
The most memorable aspect of Essaouira’s beach is the camel rides. Riding along the coast on the back of a camel is an incredible experience.
I had the chance to do this, and it is one of my fondest memories. If you visit Essaouira, be sure to consider a coastal camel ride. It is something you will remember for years.
Just a short walk away is the city of Essaouira. I absolutely loved Essaouira, with its winding walkways and food vendors.
After visiting the beach, definitely consider exploring this nearby city. The beautiful architecture, culture, and authentic food vendors will entrance you. You will be captivated walking through the cobblestone streets, as the sounds of the locals surround you.
If you are visiting Morocco, make a point to explore its beautiful beaches. With long shorelines and a warm coastal climate, the beaches of Morocco are a great setting to start acquainting yourself with a new country and its people.
Camels rest on the coastline on Friday, February 21, 2020 in Essaouira, Morocco.College students climb onto camels. Essaouira’s calm beach stretches out behind them. Photo taken on Friday, February 21, 2020 in Essaouira, Morocco.The post In Photos: Exploring the Beaches of Morocco appeared first on Morocco World News.