The name Casablanca conjures up images of wartime intrigue and glamour. But there is much more to the place than the 1940s film that bears its name. The city itself is busy and modern, but in front of the souks and skyscrapers are some gorgeous beaches, and some great winds. Casablanca is often overlooked as a destination, but there is plenty to recommend a Casablanca windsurfing holiday.
Casablanca is well known as a surfing destination, and can be a great place for wave sailors too. The beaches in and around the city regularly throw up swells of 3 metres, offering a challenge to experienced windsurfers.
For beginners and others who prefer flat water sailing, Casablanca is not the ideal windsurf location. That’s fine, though, as some of the world’s best windsurfing, including flat water, can be found just a short distance to the south.
Essaouira attracts windsurfer from across the globe, and lies around 4 hours drive from Casablanca. It is a wonderful place for experienced windsurfers. The wide bay has strong winds and great spots for waves and flat water. The less experienced can find their place too, during the morning when the winds are usually weaker and easier to navigate.
Just half an hour drive from Essaouira is Moulay. This laid-back little town is a wave-sailors’ favourite. Big Atlantic swells provide endless fun just off the main beach, where camels wander among the crowds!
The best time to go windsurfing in Casablanca and elsewhere on Morocco’s Atlantic coast is from April to November. That’s when the winds are at their strongest and the weather warmest.
Take a Casablanca windsurfing trip and you’ll get world-class windsurfing and the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most interesting countries.