At Mirage Surf we seek local adventures beyond the famous waves. Discover what other day trips and excursions we offer, explore the hidden corners and lesser known secrets of the Morocco dessert with us!
Take an alternative adventure for a day and explore Paradise Valley, located just 30km from Agadir. Experience cliff jumping, swimming holes, hiking, while surrounded by palm trees and archaic rock formations. The vast valley in the middle of the desert with its bright blue waters, lush palm trees and high cliffs no wonder carries the name Paradise. The longer you stay, the more wondrous it gets. A day trip to Paradise Valley can be substituted for a day of surfing when you get tired or the waves are not perfect.
Horse or Camel Riding
Get whisked away back to the days of the Moroccan Cavaliers. Morocco’s landscape is not only rich in coastline, but also full of mountains just a few kilometers away. We work with a local horse and camel ranch that offers both beach and mountain rides for all levels. For a comical, yet nostalgic experience, hop on the hump of the camel and fit right in with the locals! If you want to ride down the beach or in the water, jump on the back of a horse. You will be fitted with the right horse whether you prefer to go fast or slow.
- 2 hours : 30€
- 1/2 day : 40€
- 1 day : 70€
- Sunset ride : 25€
Hammam and Massage
Hammam is a Moroccan specialty consisting of a steam bath and an Argan scrub. This is no light scrub – it’s a totally rejuvenating exfoliation that leaves your skin and body feeling like new. Argan paste and oil are used in the Hammam to clear and hydrate the skin. Following the Hammam, you’ll be treated to an invigorating yet relaxing hour-long massage to stimulate the blood flow and continue the rejuvenation process.
If you book Girls’ Week Package, Hammam and Massage are already included.
- Hammam session : 40€
The Agadir Souk (or market) is a rich and colorful cultural experience. From local fruits and foods to some of the best second-hand clothing shops, you can browse a wide variety of goods. Have a traditional mint Moroccan tea and enjoy strolling through the market. Find a scarf or two, have a go at haggling the price of something you fancy, or just enjoy seeing all the bright colors and listening to the buzz of people around you.
Authentic Berber Towns
Taghazout Bay is Berber country and the biggest Berber town in the area – Taroudant – is nestled in the foothill of the mountains. Even with 70.000 inhabitants, it still feels incredibly cozy. Sitting in one of the cafes on the main square and people watching after stocking up on superb Berber handicraft from the local market is an absolutely must. Another mountain town worth visiting if you wish for a change from the coast is Tiznit.
The UNESCO world heritage site in the coastal town of Essaouira is a 3 hour drive from Taghazout Bay. Known for its incredibly charming Old Town, the fort surrounding the city offers unrivaled ocean views and has been used in many movies including Game of Thrones. Essaouira also has great local eateries and a white sandy beach. This day trip can be combined with a detour to Sidi Kaouki, an upcoming surf spot, for a quick surf session or just to eat freshly grilled fish while enjoying the stunning beauty of the lazy bay.
Imsouane is another popular surf gem boasting possibly the longest right hander in Africa. Surfing there is truly addictive and the drive north to Imsouane is nothing less than world class views of both coastal and mountain scenery. The area also has immense sand dunes we sometimes “dune glide” on surfboards. This is a hilarious, once in a lifetime experience and definitely worth the detour.
Sidi Ifni or Mirhlet are upcoming surf spots in the South that feature scenic nature, lazy undeveloped fishing villages and great waves. Because of the distance, going there will demand staying overnight. We can fully organize an overnight trip for you or we can set you up with a rental car, itineraries. locations and suggestions for sleeping options and send you off to explore on your own.
El Jadida and Safi are other coastal gems that require a rental car and several days on the road. There’s plenty of surf along the way should you wish to catch a few waves on your lunch break and we can organize all that you would need for an absolutely unforgettable road trip along the African coast.
Hiking up “Tamraght Mountain” that you see behind the surf camp offers stunning views of Taghazout Bay on one side and Aourir village and the river bed on the other. Nothing beats a mountain-top picnic and we will be happy to take you there!
The neighboring village of Auorir also has one weekly market day. Although much smaller than Agadir Market, Auorir is truly local, so visiting it offers the most authentic market experience.
Do you dream of riding a quad / buggy? Available in Tamraght, just let us know and we will make it happen.
- 1 hr Quad / Buggy : 30€
- 1 day Quad / Buggy : 60€
Arts & Crafts
Morocco boasts a lot of unique arts and crafts and we can take you to see the craftsmen/women hard at work. Whether it is pottery, wood carving, leather works, textile weaving, jewelry, metal shaping, tile making just to name a few, we are happy to show you how it’s all being made live.
The same goes for Argan Oil production. The Argan tree only grows in Morocco and Argan oil is produced from its nuts. The oil is known for its healing and regenerative qualities and is called the liquid gold of Morocco. Try some on your skin or hair after a day in the sun and you will most likely be addicted. We can take you to an Argan Oil farm and show you the production process or if you just want to buy some oil, we can supply you with superb quality from local farmers.
Henna tattoos on hands and feet are widely used in Morocco and if you find them as beautiful as we do, we will be happy to invite a local woman to the surf camp who will give you the tattoos of your dreams. Don’t worry, they will disappear after a couple of weeks, so no regrets when back home.
The desert is pure magic. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want the real desert experience, we have teamed up with great tour guides that are Sahara locals and will take you on an adventure you will never forget. You will need to invest at least 4 extra days to get and stay there. We recommend you do this either after your surf camp experience but we are happy to tailor whatever solution works best for you.
To truly understand a country and its traditions you have to spend some time in the kitchen. Local food can teach you a lot about society, customs and family roles. Learn to cook a signature Moroccan dish and take a souvenir recipe with you that you can easily recreate at home. What better way to evoke memories of far-away lands than with the same mouth-watering smells that wafted through the markets you visited?