For this month, I chose to write about a destination that is particularly dear to me: the coast of Morocco. I was there about 6 years ago, and it wasn’t just a trip; it was an entire new experience for my senses (the colors, the smells, the flavors, the sound of the muezzin calling to prayer, the warm waters of the Atlantic…). I went without expectations and returned in love for two main reasons:

  1. You know that feeling when a journey begins as soon as you step out of your home? Morocco offers this experience uniquely and intimately, especially when traveling from Portugal, as I did. Unlike more distant destinations that require long-haul flights, Morocco is less than two hours away from Lisbon, Porto or Faro. Thinking in terms of sustainability, shorter flights mean:
  • Less CO2 emissions
  • More budget-friendly
  • Less fatigue, both in the endless hours at airports and planes and in recovering from potential jet lag.
  1. Along the coast of Morocco, I allowed myself to travel as I like: slowly, without the rush to move from one place to another. For reading, I brought with me the Alain de Botton’s ‘The Art of Travel’, which talks precisely about all the inconveniences that a journey brings until reaching the destination. It also mentions how we often become disappointed because, when we arrive, we find that the chosen location has little to do with the brochure’s photograph that led us to buy the experience in the first place. To Morocco, I arrived without expectations, without images built by marketing campaigns. And, in the end, I was enchanted. I discovered that the Moroccan coast is not just a beach destination; it’s a delight for the senses.

Among the various options, I highlight five cities that stayed in my heart:

Agadir – Renaissance after adversity

Perhaps the city most geared towards resort tourism, but it would be very reductionist to define it only by that. Agadir is an example of resilience and rebirth. After a devastating earthquake in 1960 (which was also strongly felt in Portugal), it managed to rise, literally, from the ashes and now has one of the most beautiful promenades in the country.

Asilah – Where sandy beaches meet colorful murals

This city, besides the beach, hosts the vibrant Arts Festival that happens every year in August. Experiencing it is like stepping into a fairy tale.

Essaouira – For those who love time travel

Here, you can immerse yourself in the sea and also in the fantasy world as you walk through the streets where Game of Thrones was filmed. Despite becoming more known after the series’ success, Essaouira has not lost its authenticity. It remains a haven for those seeking rest and relaxation.

Dakhla – The Kitesurf Refuge

A perfect marriage between the desert and the sea. A remote destination transformed into a mecca for surfing and kitesurfing. Dakhla offers truly authentic experiences for those daring enough to venture there.

Taghazout – Where Waves Tell Stories

A relaxed fishing village, still off the beaten tourist paths, where the waves narrate stories of times past. The mild climate, welcoming atmosphere, and stunning views make this place a hidden gem.

Come discover the coast of Morocco – an experience that goes beyond words.
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