The broken arch beach. Legzira, Morocco

When visiting an iconic geographical feature of a country, you don’t expect to have to have to google

Is it still standing?

But this is exactly what happened when we visited the natural arches of Legzira beach.

it fell down?

Yes, back in September 2016 the prominent, and let’s face it the more beautiful, arch on the beach collapsed.

You can read all about it here (opens in new tab).

Of course I didn’t expect that to happen so was a little surprised to find a HUGE pile of boulders in the place of the arch.  Never-mind though because Legzira beach has not one but TWO natural arches.

A clean beach!

We have been in Morocco just short of two weeks and this is the FIRST clean beach we’ve been to.

I’m not just talking about a few bits of rubbish, I’m talking about fly tipping to the extreme. That’s for another post but let’s just say we were REALLY pleased to find this beach.


The beach at Legzira

The first (collapsed) arch at legzira

The first arch is, or was, to the beach’s north, right as you arrive onto the beach.  You can see the huge boulders that have been left on the beach.

It is quite fascinating to look at photos on Google of how magnificent the arch was and to see now what it has been reduced to.


The boulders from the archway


The boulders over the beach of the archway


The boulders from the north side of the beach

The deserted section

The arch has effectively divided the beach into two and the beach that is past the boulders is all but deserted now.


The deserted section of the beach

rock pools

The rock pools are directly next to and opposite what was the first arch and can only be explored at low tide.  They are full of marine life from red anaenomies to multi-coloured limpets. Not to forget green seaweed clinging to the rocks.


The rocks pools at low tide


Exploring the rock pools.


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sandy long beach

About half of the beach is sand and the other half more pebbley.  It’s a really nice beach and would be made all the nicer if the quad bikes, dune buggies and motorbikes buggered off!


The beach


Sandy and clean beach


The long sandy beach from the second arch.

the second arch

The second arch is relatively new compared to the one that collapsed. When I say relatively of course I mean a thousand years or so lol. Certainly not in my lifetime!

It is a big, heavy and thick archway where mussels cling to the sides of the rock, showing just how high the tide comes up.


The archway at Legzira


The sea lapping around the bottom of the arch

Walking through the arch

Walk through the archway and you’ll find another beach which in turn reveals more cliffside that leads into the sea.  ONLY at low tide should you try and walk around that part of the beach.

NONE of the area is a swimming beach. The tide here is far too strong for swimmers. Of course you can paddle and go up to chest height but the beach is not patrolled.


Our eldest walking through the arch


Touching the rock and its creatures


Walking through the archway to the ‘other side’.

The other side of the beach

There is a huge expanse of beach on the other side of the archway as well as some more rock pools.


The archway from the other side of the beach


The kids walking on the beach


The other side of the arch way

the third arch

It isn’t until you’re almost level with the second arch that you notice a third arch developing in the sea. The rock here is very soft and you’ll notice that there are large indents in the rock, in lots of places, that will eventually form caves and other arches.


Can you see the third arch?


The third archway

people living there

There do appear to be people living down on the beach. Given there are people living on the side of roads here in Morocco, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Their certainly seemed to be one man lugging some shopping through the archway.


A partial house built into the rocks?


House debris at Legzira


Like the majority of southern Morocco, everybody has to ‘benefit’ from the tourists and there’s the usual parking racket men hanging around there. They weren’t there when we arrived pre 10am but we left just after 11am and they tried to charge us 20 dirham. Sure this is equivalent to £1.80 but I hate them and the way they block your car whilst holding out their hand drives me mad.

I gave him a 10 dirham coin and drove away. I am pretty sure that if I had Rich with me, the man wouldn’t have been so dominating.


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