Morocco is a country in North Africa with a population of 33,241,259. It has a long coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has international borders with Algeria to the east, Spain to the north (a water border through the Strait and land borders with two small Spanish exclaves, Ceuta and Melilla), and Western Sahara or Mauritania to the south.
Here are some other interesting data about this beautiful country:
Population: 33,241,259 inhabitants
Land Surface: 710.850 km2 (including Western Sahara)
Capital City: Rabat (630.000 inhabitants)
Main Cities: Casablanca (3.600.000 inhabs.), Marrakesh (1.250.000 inhabs.), Féz (1.000.000 inhabs.) and Meknes (600.000 inhabs)
Population density: 42 inhabs/km2
Etnias: Árabs: 70 %, Beréber: 29,8 %, Safardi: 1% , Others: 0,2 %
Spoken Language: Moroccan Arab (official language). Other vehicular languages are Arab dialects, Berbers languages (rifain, braber, chleuh and zenete), French (daily spoken by the elite, but not only), Spanish (known and used mostly in the North).
Political Regime: Constitutional Monarchy
Head of State: King Mohammed VI.
Currency: Moroccan Dirham MAD
Electrical Plugs: 127/220V 50Hz
Time Zones: GMT/UTC 0
Country Dialing Code: +212
Weights & Measures: Metric
Recommendations for your trip to Agadir - South Morocco:
Sun block creams for protection against the strong sunlight of Africa.
Long wetsuit, during winter. Anyway remember that our Surf Camp package for beginners and intermediated surfers includes all the necessary surf equipment!
Don’t smoke hash in the mountains and don’t get in troubles.
Do not change currency on the streets or do business deals with strangers.
When you travel to Morocco, all the usual common-sense travel healthy rules apply:
Avoid uncooked fruits and vegetable that you can not peel. Usually cooked, fried and boiled foods are safe. It is advisable to drink bottled water
Morocco uses the metric system for weights and measures. Newer buildings use 220 V / 50 Hz power supplies, while older buildings use 110 V / 50 Hz. Some buildings have a mix of both, so if you're unsure, ask before plugging.
In Morocco, you find not only superb waves that you can surf all year long but also a magnificent back country that you can explore after your water fun and a local population famous for the warm welcome it accords its visitors. Morocco has almost 2000 km. of coastline, but it is around the Agadir area especially that you will find world-class spots. There are uncrowded beach breaks, perfect point breaks and even some hollow and shallow reef break.
Agadir area is the best-known for its beaches. The town is a nice example of modern Morocco, with less emphasis on history and culture. Take the local bus for a few cents and go 2 or 3 villages north, where there are additional beaches.
Taghazout is a small fishing village, located 18 km north of Agadir, one of the main port-cities in Morocco. It’s a unique background since hippies have been coming here in the 60's and surfers since the 70's. Western culture has been assimilated to the point where the village has a thriving ding repair trade and even a couple of surf shops. The classic surf, perfect climate, cheap living and friendly people make Taghazout a surfing Mecca for any traveler.
Taghazout offers about 350 sunny days a year and a great variety of waves for everyone. It’s a truly multi-cultural surfing destination: paddle out at one of the many world class reef or point breaks dotted around the village and you'll be surfing with people from France, Italy, Germany, Netherland, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, America and more…
Throughout the country there is a great variety of weather. Up in the mountains the temperature can go below 0ºC. But in the northeast Africa, the coastline is warm all year long.
In summer time, temperature can reach up to 30ºC and the nights are also warm. During winter time, the temperature varies between 18ºC and 25ºC, but the night can be a little bit colder. The water temperature is 16ºC in winter and 22ºC during the summer.
Here you can find a blend of the ancient culture, golden scenery, perfect waves, great history and unique arts and crafts. This is the perfect place to improve your surfing but also to relax and enjoy atmosphere at the camp
Taghazout is located:
20 km: North of Agadir
140 km: South of Essaouira
300 km: West of Marrakech
30 km: Agadir International Airport (AGA)
Travel from Europe to Morocco:
International Flights con BA – Air France – Royal Air Maroc + Charters with LTU.
As part of your stay at Calima Surf Camp we will pick you up and drop you off from Agadir Airport…but first we need to get you here: so look for the best offers in the following airlines:
British Airways - www.britishairways.co.uk
Royal Air Maroc - www.royalairmaroc.com
Thomson - www.thomson.co.uk
First Choice - www.firstchoice.co.uk
Atlas Blue - www.atlas-blue.com
Ryanair – www.ryanair.com
Be careful with charters if you carry surfboards. They often charge very high excess-baggage rates.
Gatwick Info - 0870 000 2468
Heathrow Info - 0870 000 0123
Phone number of Agadir Airport + 212 048 82 9120
There are several ferry connections to Morocco, mainly from Spain. Algeciras is the main port and serves Ceuta and Tangier. A ferry between Algeciras and Ceuta takes 40 minutes, and less than 2 hours to get to Tangier. You can also get to Tangier from the small port of Tarifa, on the southernmost tip of mainland Spain.
Citizens of the European Community do not need a visa, but a valid passport is required
Get around by train, bus taxi or car:
Trains are usually most preferred recommended transport because of speed and comfort; they are far less cramped and stressful alternative to local buses. Train network links Marrakech and Tangier via Casablanca and Rabat, a branch line near Meknes goes to Oujda.
Many Moroccans also take luxury buses between towns usually run by CTM, Supratours and smaller companies. These offer comfort and a reliability, are inexpensive and provide much better coverage. Luxury buses operated by CTM and Supratours are also inexpensive and offer a better traveling experience than local buses, complementing train network to all major Atlantic-coast towns south to Marrakech.
Travel by taxi is common in Morocco. There are two sorts of:
1) the petite taxi used only within the area of the town
2) the grande taxi can be used for trips between towns, and for larger groups; fares are fixed and shared equally between passengers. Grande taxis are often the cheapest way of traveling between towns and cities in Morocco.
You can also get around by your own car or rent it.
The main road network is in good condition. Roads have good surface, although very narrow, in most cases only one lane in each direction. Fuel is not so common in the countryside so plan ahead and get a good map. Roads are varied and mixed with many cyclists, pedestrians and horse-drawn vehicles. The main cities are connected by toll expressways still being extended. Driving safely in Morocco takes practice and patience but can take you to some really beautiful places.
The local currency is the Moroccan dirham (Dh or MAD), which is divided into 100 centimes (c).
£1 is worth Dh 15.15, US$1 is worth Dh 7.66 and 1 Euro is worth Dh 11.35 (as of Feb-2008).
Only local currency is officially accepted in Morocco, although some hotels may accept your EUR/USD unofficially.
Money Exchange: It's forbidden to bring local currency out of the country, so it's virtually impossible to obtain local currency outside Morocco. Exchange rates are the same at all banks and official exchanges, as required by law.
Don't expect to see many banks in the souqs or medinas, but plenty of "helpful" people will exchange dollars or euros for dirhams. Unofficial exchange on the streets outside souqs or medinas doesn't seem to exist.
ATMs can be found near tourist hotels and in the modern ville nouvelle shopping districts. Make sure that the ATM accepts foreign cards (look for the Maestro, Cirrus or Plus logos) before you put your card in.
Try to have as much small change as possible and keep larger bills hidden separately.
Moroccan cuisine is often reputed to be some of the best in the world, with countless dishes and variations proudly bearing the country's colonial and Arabic influences. You have to try: Couscous, made from semolina grains and steamed in a colander-like dish mixed with meat and vegetables and presented as a main course; Tagine, a spicy stew of meat and vegetables that has been simmered for many hours in a conical clay pot; Kaliya, a combination of lamb, tomatoes, bell peppers and onion and served with couscous or bread.
As a predominantly Muslim country, Morocco is mostly “dry”.
Alcohol is available only in restaurants, bars, supermarkets, hotels and discos. Some Moroccans enjoy a drink although it is disapproved in public places.
Public telephones can be found in city centers, but private telephone offices (also known as teleboutiques or telekiosques) are also commonly used.
Useful Numbers: Police: 19; Fire Service: 15; Highway Emergency Service: 177; Information: 160; International Information: 120; Telegrams and telephone: 140; Intercity: 100.
The GSM mobile telephone network in Morocco can be accessed via one of two major operators: Meditel or Maroc Telecom. Prepaid cards are available.
Post & internet
The Moroccan postal service is generally reliable and offers a post restante
service in major cities for a small fee. You will need some identification (preferably your passport) to collect your mail. Moroccans have really taken to the internet. Internet cafes are open late and are numerous in cities and smaller towns that see significant tourist traffic. Rates are about 4 - 10 dirhams per hour and they are often located next to, above, or below the telekiosque offices.