While most people avoid Morocco during the height of its summer season – it’s known to be unbearably hot with average temperatures ranging anywhere between 33 and 40 degrees Celsius – we’re about to let you in on a little secret… Northern Morocco – home to Al Hoceima, Saïdia and Taghazout Bay – is relatively tourist-free during the summer season, offers some of the best beach holiday opportunities, and will give you the best introduction to Morocco you never knew you needed.
Beach Please in Al Hoceima
The 5-star Radisson Blu Resort, Al Hoceima is situated on a spectacular beachfront that stretches over 1.8 kilometres. If that’s not enough, the resort is also surrounded by 64-acres of forest with a gateway to the Mediterranean Ocean characterised by high limestone cliffs. The resort was designed by renowned architect Imad Rahmoun, where he expertly combined luxury with contemporary design and comfort – there are options of ocean, garden, and resort view rooms. In addition, 18 fully accessible rooms and suites are in proximity to the pool, restaurants, and bars. It is the epitome of a blissful beach getaway.
You will only find chilled vibes at Al Hoceima. This little beach village – located on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco – was once the military base of the Rif Wars of the 1920s with the Spanish claiming it their territory and calling it Villa Sanjuor in 1925. But it was renamed Al Hoceima after Morocco’s independence in 1956. While traditional Moroccan customs are evident, Spanish culture, architecture and language are still very prevalent today.
Ancient Al Mazamma: located in the heart of a wooded area and near the Souani beach, you can explore the fascinating ancient ruins of Al Mazamma. Founded in the 9th century, this ancient city was abandoned and destroyed in the 1700. Al Mazamma was rediscovered in 2010 when excavations in the area started.
Tafensa: this 48 square kilometre park is still relatively untouched and unexploited. Here you can find a variety of fauna and flora, and relish in the Tarmast River cliffs that are over 700m high.
Cala Bonita Beach: crystal clear water, fine, golden sand, and just a few minutes from the city centre… Yes, you’ve arrived in paradise.
Diving It wouldn’t be a seaside location if there weren’t diving opportunities… We’re happy to inform you that there are loads at Al Hoceima. Enquire at Radisson Blu Resort, Al Hoceima for specific opportunities.
Sun and Sea in Saïdia
Known as the Blue Pearl with 15kms of spectacular coastline of golden sand and clear, blue water, Saïdia simply cannot be missed when visiting Morocco. Saïdia’s neighbour, Oujda, is 45-minutes away, and bring with it a cultural richness.
Radisson Blu Resort, Saïdia Beach caters for all types of tourists – from families with busy little ones, couples on honeymoon or that group of friends who are just getting away from it all. It has all the offerings that will make your holiday truly spectacular, including pools, pool bars, golf packages, spa treatments and a Kid’s Club to keep kiddies busy while the adults relax in the sun. Did we mention that it’s located on a seemingly endless beachfront – the longest in Morocco?
Med-Saïdia Marina and Golf Course: t-off and take your handicap to a new level at this par 72 golf course. Designed by Francisco López Segalés, the course features lush lawns that overlook the ocean a remarkable lake. Both experienced and novice golfers are invited to bring their A-games.
Alpamare Waterpark: don’t be fooled that this park is only for the kiddies; those who have the most fun are almost always the adults!
Moulouya National Park: this is a must-visit for those wannabe or expert ornithologists. This Park is where you can find some of the most spectacular marsh and woodland birds reserves (think flamingos) for a perfect bird’s eye view.
Surf's Up in Taghazout Bay
Time will really feel like it’s stopped at Taghazout Bay life… Here catching waves, lazing in the sun, and sipping on cocktails are the only orders of the day. Perfect for those who want to disconnect from the busy, bustling world and reconnect with themselves.
Radisson Blu Resort, Taghazout Bay Surf Village is also idyllically situated within walking distance of the best surf spots in Morocco. Non-surfers and beginner-surfers can learn how to ride the waves at the renowned surf academy located in our resort. For those who prefer dry land, take your pick of the beach volleyball court, fully equipped gym, plush daybeds at the pool or spa facilities (or all of them). While surfing is the order of the day at Taghazout Bay, the Radisson Blu Resort, Taghazout Bay Surf Village is more a sun-kissed Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush type of location than a scruffy Pauly Shore “Surfer duuuude”.
Early risers are rewarded by the spectacular sunrises at Taghazout Bay, followed by a well-rewarded afternoon nap.
Catch a wave: whether you’re a Kelly Slater wannabe or have never set your foot on a surfboard, you simply cannot visit Taghazout without dipping your toes in the ocean to ride a few waves. There’s even a surf school located at the Radisson Blu Taghazout Bay to help those who need a little more help with their surfing skills.
Souss Valley: a 40-minute drive from the centre of Taghazout Bay you will find Souss Valley. Home to Argan trees and mountain goats, exploring this vastly rural valley is best done by motorbike – make a pitstop to have a picnic, relax amongst frolicking kids and try to capture the most Instagrammable moment.