Taghazout is described as a small fishing village located 19km north of Agadir so whilst we were staying in Tamraght, we decided to pop up for an explore and a bite to eat.
the town of taghazout
You arrive on a dusty road into a thriving and busy town. The first thing that hit me was the sheer volume of taxis. I was expecting a small town but I was met with a large mingling of Moroccan (taxi) men all vying for my business.
The rest of the town is heaving with tourists and surfers in wet-suits.
In part the town is quite dusty and dirty. There is rubbish nearly everywhere and in some of the smaller streets the smell can be quite repugnant.
Parking is the general chaotic shambles it seems to be everywhere and don’t forget the men wearing bibs who charge you to park anywhere. I am convinced this is a tourist scam!
narrow streets and doors
The town comprises of many narrow streets, small hippy shops, restaurants, surfing shops and riads (small hotels). It is quite noisy and smelly and can be a bit overwhelming.
Most buildings are painted white but have brightly coloured doors. Avoid standing in any type of water as I am sure this liquid leads straight out of houses! It didn’t smell great and attracted flies…
Climbing down from the town to the west lies a fishing bay, wooden fishing boats and small fish market. Fishing is one of the main income providers – aside from tourism.
On days where there is little breeze, someone told me that the whole town can smell of fish guts but luckily visiting in February means there’s a strong gust most of the time.
Avoid the camel rides
These animals are regularly abused with lumps of wood. They’re deprived water and shade and generally abused so we avoid these types of ‘attractions’. Many froth at the mouth to cool themselves down (not because they’re in mating season).
No animal should be forced to perform for our amusement.
walking on the rocks
Leaving the fishing market behind, we climbed across the rocks heading north until we met a pathway leading through sun terraces belonging to local restaurants.
Food served is generally fish and fries or tagine but there were a couple of cafes selling smoothies and sandwiches.
The walk is pleasant but there is a lot of rubbish everywhere.
Surfers can be seen in every direction and litter the waves like seals. It is quite a sight to see just how many can fit in the water.
Is it worth a visit?
I thought Taghazout was quite touristy. It was certainly very dirty and smelly in parts but it is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the vicinity. I wouldn’t make a special trip to see it though.
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