Morocco Travel Info - Visit all the best spots in Morocco!

Kitemorocco aim to make your Moroccan adventure as pleasant and stress free as possible. We are happy to help you with all of your airport transfers and travel needs to get you here safely and comfortably. We are also here to help provide any information you need about how to get here, best routes available, and other travel recommendations.

Kitemorocco has two bases, one in the beautiful fishing town of Essaouira, and the second one in the scenic sahara desert, in Dakhla. In order to come and visit us, we would recommend choosing the following routes. Once you arrive at the airport, we will be there to collect you, and bring you to your chosen accommodation. If you need some assistance with flight routes or other travel places, then please drop us an email and we can assist you.

 

Each trip that we arrange is uniquely planned for you, so that you can get the most out of your Moroccan experience.

 

Travelling to Essaouira: 


The beauty of Essaouira is that it is so easy and convenient to get to. Just a few hours on a flight from Europe, and you can be in the glorious sunshine and enjoying the wind and the waves of this magical town. 

 

From the 1st of March 2013, Transavia have announced direct flights from Paris- Orly to Essaouira airport. This is a very comfortable and easy way to get here. Essaouira airport is just a 10 minute drive from town, so this is a great solution for minimal transfer times. 

 

If you prefer to fly from the UK, or other main European airports, then you can choose to fly to either Marrakech or Agadir. There is Easyjet, Ryanair, Royal Air Maroc, BMI, all who offer direct flights. If you choose to fly to Marrakech, then its an easy 1.5 hour transfer to Essaouira, mainly highway, so it's a comfortable drive. If you choose to fly to Agadir, the transfer will take slightly longer, about 2 hours, on a windy coastal road, which is one of the most beautiful drives in Morocco! A great chance to take a glimpse at the wave spots of Taghazout or Imsouane on your way to Essaouira! 

 

Whichever option you choose, we can arrange the transfer for you. Priced at 70 euros one way, for a private car that can fit up to 4 people. For larger groups, we are happy to arrange a mini bus or other alternatives. 

 

 

Travelling to Dakhla: 


To reach the idyllic kitesurf and windsurf spot of Dakhla, is slightly more complicated, but it definitely pays off when you are kiting the spacious 40 km lagoon, or ripping the waves at Foum Lobouir! 

 

First you need to fly to Casablanca airport, this can be with BMI or Royal Air Maroc if you are coming from the UK, or most other international airports have flights direct to Casablanca also. From here, you need to get a connecting flight to Dakhla with www.royalairmaroc.com. There are currently 5 flights per week. You can often expect a few hours layover at Casablanca airport, and you may find that you need to stay overnight on your way back. Unfortuntely this is inevitable, as most flights leave Dakhla at night. If you do have to stay overnight, the easiest option is to stay at the Atlas Airport Hotel, who offer a free shuttle service, and it's the most convenient option. 

 

The flights that leave Casablanca on Wednedays and Saturdays, also make a stop at Agadir on the way to Dakhla. So its also an option to fly from Europe to Agadir, and then get the Royal air Maroc flight from there.

 

Regarding boardbags and travelling with equipment, we always recommend that you contact your airline to book it in advance, and to check what their costs are. If you are checking in at Casablanca, you will most likely have to pay between 20 to 60 euros for your boardbag. When you leave Dakhla however, they rarely charge any fees for travelling with equipment. 

 

The other option for reaching Dakhla is to fly via Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. There are many cheap charter flights from Europe to Las Palmas, with Vueling, Ryainair, Easyjet etc. Then, there are two flights per week to Dakhla with a small 16 seater airline called Sahara Fly, on Mondays and Fridays. (info@saharafly.com for bookings) This return ticket is generally prices at 215 euros, and we recommend that you warn them in advance if you are travelling with gear, as it is a very small plane. 

 

Contact us for more information and details on specific locations. We are happy to inform you in more detail of these great spots, when the best time is for us to take you there, and how to get the best out of your Moroccan trip.

 

Practical information:

 

Morocco is one of the most beautiful and exotic destinations to visit in the world. Situated in the north west tip of the African continent, Morocco has over 3500kms of coastline. With only 14kms of distance from the southern tip of Spain, Morocco is very close to Europe and therefore very accessible.

 

Name in Arabic: Al-Maghrib

Official name: The Kingdom of Morocco

Surface area: 710 850 km2

Population: 28 million inhabitants, 45% of whom are aged twenty or less.

Density: 38 inhabitants per km2

Official Language: Classical Arabic

Languages Spoken in the country: Dialectical Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish and English.

Religion: Sunni Islam is the main State Religion

Local Time: GMT. When it is noon in Paris in summer, it is 10 a.m. in Morocco. In winter, when it is noon in Paris, it is 11 a.m. in Morocco.

 

Formalities:

Passport and Visa: passports must be valid. For visa information follow this link:

http://www.royalairmaroc.com/Marchand/Eng/Visa.jsp?rub=1824&rubid=1826

 

Customs:

The applicable dutyfree in Morocco is the same for all countries not belonging to the European Union.

Visitors can import 1 litre of 22° alcoholic beverages, two litres of wine and a carton of 200 cigarettes.

 

Currency:

The national currency is the Dirham DH, (1 Euro=10 DH). The cost of living in Morocco remains considerably cheaper than in France. The importation or the exportation of the Moroccan Dirham, however, is strictly prohibited.

 

Credit cards:

In Morocco, some 13,000 shopkeepers accept Visa Card. There are some 1200 branches and some 160 ATMs which belong to the Visa network but also accepts other cards, such as Mastercard, Diners Club International and American Express.

 

Useful information:

Banks: These are open from 8:30 to 11:30 and from 14:30 to 16:00 in winter. In summer, they are open from 9:00 to 15:00 and during the month of Ramadan, from 9:30 to 14:00.

The Post Office: The opening hours are: from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30. During the month of Ramadan,they are open from 9:00 to 15:00.

Monuments and Museums: Most of these are closed on Tuesdays. Opening hours vary according to season but are usually: 9:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00.

Shops: Most shops open from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 19:00. Many are closed on Sundays.

Supermarkets: to be found in all large cities. Opening hours are 8:00 to 22:00.

Pharmacies: to be found in all the cities and villages of Morocco. Opening hours are the same as other businesses. Night pharmacies take over as from 21:00 and remain open until the following morning. Pharmacies display a list of those open on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

Transport:

Morocco has more or less satisfactory network of roads, it is one of the best in Africa, and is constantly being developed. The conditions of transport of both people and goods can be considered as fairly good. The country has international airports in the imperial and touristic cities; the same goes for maritime transport, some large ports are sufficient to handle the flow of traffic. The railway lines satisfy the needs of travellers whose standard of living does not enable them to use other means of transport.


Kite Centre Essaouira - Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Essaouira is Africa's windy city. Situated on the Atlantic coast, just two hours drive from Marrakech or Agadir, it is very easy to get to. There is a vast sandy beach that stretches for miles, as well as many other fantastic spots located close by. It is a city full of culture, art and music. Essaouira kitesurfing is world renowned and plays host to the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup each year. This is a place that can be enjoyed by everyone. Our fully equipped centre offers both Kitesurf and Windsurf, catering for those wishing to learn to kite or the lessons, for beginners through to advanced riders. We also offer equipment rental with all new top of the range gear.