Nestled on the western coast of Morocco, Essaouira is a charming port city that has long been a favourite destination for travellers seeking a mix of culture, relaxation, and adventure. But what many visitors may not know is that Essaouira is also a world-renowned spot for kitesurfing. With consistent trade winds, flat water, and plenty of open space, Essaouira attracts kitesurfers from all over the world who come to test their skills and enjoy the thrill of riding the waves. And for fans of pop culture, Essaouira may be familiar as a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones. But whether you're a seasoned kitesurfer or a beginner looking to try something new, Essaouira has something to offer everyone, so join the Surftwins for unlimited experience. We provide lessons on Essaouira’s main beaches as well as in Sidi Kaouki, a village south of Essaouira, an ideal spot for beginners and more advanced surfers alike.

Getting here

There are several ways to get to Essaouira, Morocco from Europe, or from other big cities such as Marrakech or Casablanca, including:

By Plane

Essaouira has its own airport, Mogador Airport (ESU), which is served by several airlines, including Ryanair, Transavia, and EasyJet. Flights from various cities in Europe such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Brussels, Madrid, and London are available. Once you arrive at Mogador Airport, you can take a taxi or shuttle to the city centre.

By Bus

You can also travel to Essaouira by bus. Several bus companies offer daily trips from major cities such as Marrakech and Casablanca to Essaouira. You can find bus schedules and book tickets online or at the bus station on arrival.

By Car

If you prefer to drive, you can rent a car in major cities such as Marrakech or Casablanca and take the highway to Essaouira. The drive takes about 3 hours from Marrakech and 4.5 hours from Casablanca. Of course, you can drive from Europe by taking a ferry in Tarifa or Algeciras and you’ll be there in Tanger in about 40 minutes.

Winds for Kitesurfing in Essaouira

Essaouira is a popular destination for kitesurfing Surftwins Essaouira due to its consistent trade winds, which blow from the northeast and average around 20-25 knots (23-29 mph) throughout the year. Some details about the winds for kitesurfing in Essaouira to consider are as follows.

The Best Time for Kitesurfing

The best time for kitesurfing in Essaouira with the Surftwins Essaouira is from April to September, when the trade winds blow consistently and provide ideal conditions for kitesurfing.

Wind Direction

The wind in Essaouira blows cross-onshore, which means that it comes from the side and slightly from behind. This is a good direction for kitesurfing, as it allows riders to kitesurf back and forth along the coastline.

Wind Strength

The wind in Essaouira is generally strong, which makes it ideal for advanced kitesurfers. Beginners may find the wind challenging but with the help of the Surftwins and our team of qualified instructors it can be a great spot to learn due to its large beaches and flatwater bay.

In summary, Essaouira's consistent trade winds, cross-onshore direction, and strong wind strength make it an ideal destination for kitesurfing, especially from April to September. Make sure to join our instructors to learn in one of the most iconic kitesurf spots in the world.

Spots for Kitesurfing around Essaouira

Essaouira Bay

Essaouira Bay is a large crescent-shaped beach located just south of the city of Essaouira. The bay is known for its consistent winds and flat water, which makes it a great spot for kitesurfing and other sports like windsurfing and Wing Foiling. This is where our instructors usually teach our beginner students as the conditions are great, the beach is extremely large and is sheltered from the waves.

Sidi Kaouki, the Surftwins’ HQ

Sidi Kaouki Beach is a long sandy beach located about 25 kilometres south of Essaouira. The beach is known for its strong winds and waves, making it a popular spot for both kitesurfing and surfing. The Surftwins surf school is located on the beachfront, easily spotted on entry to arrival, as we’re by the restaurants and café’s in the main square. Pop in or book in advance, and enjoy your surfing or kitesurfing holiday with the Surftwins.

Sidi M'Barek

Sidi M'Barek is a small fishing village located about 15 kilometres south of Essaouira. The village is known for its strong winds and waves, which make it a popular spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Get in touch with us and we can organise a trip there for an unforgettable adventure with the Surftwins.

Other things to do in Essaouira?

Want to take a break from Kitesurfing? Take the family or friends for a sightseeing tour? Did you get a no wind day? Essaouira has a lot to offer! Here are some other things to do in Essaouira besides kitesurfing.

Explore the Medina

The historic Medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see for any visitor. Wander through the maze-like streets and alleyways, browse the local markets and souks, and take in the stunning architecture and vibrant colours.

Visit the Skala de la Ville

The Skala de la Ville is a fortified rampart that runs along the seafront of Essaouira. Climb up to the top for sweeping views of the ocean and the city for picture perfect scenes.

Take a camel or horseback ride

The beach and surrounding countryside of Essaouira are perfect for a leisurely camel or horseback ride. Take a tour and explore the area in a unique and unforgettable way. You can even go for a ride on the beach, get in touch with us and we can organise this for you.

Visit the Essaouira Citadel

The Essaouira Citadel is a massive fortress that was built in the 18th century to protect the city from invaders. Take a tour and learn about the fascinating history of this impressive structure.

Relax on the beach

While Essaouira is famous for its kitesurfing, the long, sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Grab a book, a beach towel, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Visit the Essaouira Museum

The Essaouira Museum is a small but fascinating collection of art, artefacts, and historical objects that tell the story of the city and its people.

Take a cooking class

Moroccan cuisine is famous for its rich flavours and spices, and Essaouira is the perfect place to learn how to cook traditional dishes. Take a cooking class and learn how to make tagine, couscous, and other Moroccan specialties.

These are just a few of the many things to do in Essaouira. Whether you're looking for adventure, culture, or relaxation, Essaouira has something to offer everyone. Here at the Surftwins, we can help you plan and have an unforgettable holiday no matter what your interests.