Everything you need to know about Taghazout, before you arrive! We share top tips on the local area, visa advice and lots more!
DAR SURF is located in the surfing village of Taghazout, just 40 minutes away from Agadir Al-Massira international airport, and just a short hop from most European countries.
Taghazout is one of the closest places for any European surfer to experience Moroccan culture and ride Morocco’s famous and perfect waves.
There are direct flights from many major airports in Europe to Agadir airport, which is just a 40-minute drive from Taghazout. Guests from the United States can either get a connecting flight from Casablanca airport, or most European airports then fly onto Agadir.
Transfers from Marrakech airport can easily be arranged. It’s just a three-hour drive from Taghazout and costs about 100 euro for 4 people.
If you want us to arrange a transfer for you, or you would like a quote, please contact us.
There is a bus stop near to DAR SURF, at the top of the village. Regular buses go to Agadir, and north to Tamri from Taghazout. It is also possible to get shared taxis to various destinations including Essaouira.
We drive on the right-hand side in Morocco. The main roads are mostly in a good condition, although the rural ones can be more challenging. Therefore, night driving on these roads should be done with care.
Two drivers are permitted per hire car, and both drivers must have held a valid driving licence for at least one year.
The insurance should cover you as long as you aren’t responsible for causing any damage to the vehicle, except for the tyres. If you do cause an accident, you will have to pay 5% of the costs incurred. It is vital to obtain a police report in order to validate any insurance claims.
There are no banks or ATMs in Taghazout. However, Banana Village is a 10-minute drive from Taghazout and has many ATMs and banks. You can also change money in any of the surf shops in Taghazout.
The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, denoted as MAD or Dhs. The Moroccan Dirham is composed of 100 centimes.
Currency conversion is very easy. Click here to see current conversion rates before you arrive, but (for indication only) 1 euro is roughly 11 Dhs, and 1 dollar is around 8 Dhs.
It is possible to use credit cards in many of the restaurants here.
We advise guests to keep the receipts of currency exchange, as these will be required when converting dirhams back to foreign currency on departure.
The village of Taghazout is one of the most chilled out places in the world where the locals live a simple and peaceful life. It is generally a very safe and friendly place, but like anywhere else, there is a possibility of single girls being hassled, or of belongings being stolen if you don’t take good care of them.
Local people in the village speak English and French, as well as Arabic and Berber.
For most of the year, the weather in Morocco is warm enough to wear shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops. The early morning and evenings can get chilly, especially in winter-time, so it’s advisable to bring some warm clothes. If needed, extra clothes can be purchased in Taghazout.
As in many countries, it is advisable for both males and females to dress modestly when away from the beach.
If you hold an EU passport valid for six months beyond your return date, you won’t need a visa to enter Morocco. If you hold a passport from outside the European Union, please check with the Moroccan Embassy in your country, or visit a Visa Checker website such as https://www.travisa.com/Visa_Search.
In Morocco, you can find a mixture of Arabic, Berber, and European food. Restaurant prices are very reasonable, and the quality is good.
There are also several restaurants which serve alcohol in Taghazout. Ask us for recommendations!
Although locals drink tap water, we advise guests to buy bottled water. This is widely available in Taghazout at a low cost.
No vaccinations are required in order to enter Morocco. At DAR SURF we carry first aid equipment in case of emergencies and there is also a small pharmacy just down the road which has simple first aid and medical supplies.
There are larger hospitals and clinics in Agadir, in the unlikely event that you should need medical attention.
Please ensure that you have travel insurance before you arrive, because medical charges will apply according to the treatment received.
We have free, fast Wi-Fi available at DAR SURF, and you can also get WiFi at most of the restaurants in Taghazout. There are also a few internet cafés in the village.
The mobile coverage is good, and all European networks work in Morocco.
The surf and weather in Morocco is perfect nearly all year round.
During the summer we see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches. These waves are perfect for beginners and lower-intermediate level surfers.
In winter time, the waves are much better for all levels. There is a great variety of surf in the Taghazout area between October to April, which is what makes the area a famous surfing mecca!
Besides surfing, swimming, and relaxing on the beach, there are many other activities to enjoy around the area. From walking in the mountains, to swimming in the clear waters of Paradise Valley, quad biking to visiting the fascinating local markets, there are plenty of activities to fill those of you here for an action-packed adventure. Or for those who’d prefer to chill, why not book a relaxing massage and hammam, or a rooftop yoga session and unwind while the waves are flat!