Morocco - Taghazout
Taghazout is a fishing and surfing village
situated on the West Coast of Morocco 17km north of Agadir
on the "International Road".
On this Atlantic coast line the weather is sun
blessed all year round, although the winter months can bring
cool conditions. The region of Taghazout has over 330 sun days
each year. The ideal winter get away.
Taghazout has watched the passage
of man for many centuries as trade has passed through so have
the changes, but as Moroccan people have the ability to chose
the best so here the land has been able to chose the finer pieces
from the passage of time.
A bit of History
The village has seen some different
travellers over the last few centuries. Each invading army leaving
their imprint on the sun scorched earth (the summer temperature
can reach 40'c. In the winter a mild day time temperature of
25'c gives way to 15'c at night). From the early days when Razel
(Taghazout) was a place to leave your boat, nets and hooks and
the only buildings around were to house the fishing nets.
To the multinational culture that is now found in Taghazout; a mixing of surfing surfers , surf camps and modern day hippies
walking the same ground as the mobile caravan of people who have stopped in Taghazout over the decades.
The village has places to stay including an Auberge and plenty of houses to rent for a great winter surf holiday.
There are also cafes and restaurants for your evenings.
A bit more History
In the later part of the 19th century this headland was occupied
by the Spanish who built factories and Mosques for the local Berber inhabitants to work and live in.
(The European influence can be seen in the brick work and a few metal objects which have been left
from this earlier time, when Sardines were processed in the summer and chocolate in the winter
(the large waves making the sea dangerous and fishing difficult).
Before this change of life style was thrust on the Berbers, they were mountain dwellers who lived in the more fertile
foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and only came down to the sea to fish and trade on "the main"
road. Razel (Taghazout) was a place to leave your boat, nets and hooks and the only buildings around were to house the fishing nets.