The Big Blue, SW Morocco
House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
My home is situated in Tayert 1, a tiny, quiet hamlet 1.5kms from the centre of the laid-back fishing village of Mirleft (four mins drive/about 20 to walk). Nestling between several beautiful beaches the spacious open-plan house is set atop a rocky escarpment overlooking the endless blue Atlantic Ocean to the west - with a view of the purple-tinged Anti-Atlas Mountains to the east.
The first floor, light and airy room has an extremely comfortable European bed (inc. mattress cover, double covered pillows and regularly washed/aired feather duvet) and double sliding doors that open onto a balcony facing directly out to sea. There's lots of wardrobe space and plenty of power points. The room also comes with a full-length mirror, hairdryer - and towels for use in the giant wet room (shared only with me), which is equipped with a double-headed shower (hard to find in Morocco!). The room also has wi-fi.
Though I am not running an actual B'n'B - I will throw in breakfast for later arrivals. Meanwhile coffee and English tea are always on tap, and you can make your own breakfast in my kitchen - which you're very welcome to eat either at the kitchen table or in your room (I will wash the dishes!).
Other food wise - there are beach front café/restaurants a few minutes either side of the house – and umpteen delightful eateries offering various lovely local fare in the village.
I'm here most of the time so if you need honest opinion, transport or contacts for local activities or places to go I'd be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
I live here on a pretty permanent basis with my young and very friendly rescue dog Charlie. A typical day comprises Charlie rollicking on a neighbouring beach while I'll either be working as a freelance journalist in London (via wi-fi) or on the upkeep of the house. After several years living on Morocco's SW coast (and from researching for travel features) I am now very knowledgeable about the region and fully integrated into the local Berber community - the latter being extremely easy to achieve just by being friendly and up for a laugh. And while my day-to-day is largely 'European' I have inevitably adopted the Berber mantra "imik, imik" ('slowly, slowly') - i.e. life is pretty relaxed.
So whether you're a paraglider or surfer gasping for some action, an adventurer eager to explore or a sun-seeker just seeking to splodge – if you're looking for a tranquil bolthole – this could be just the place.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Al Massira, Agadir 150 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Agadir region
South of Mirleft along the shimmering Atlantic coast lies L'Gzira beach resplendent with cathedral-high red rock formations, the former Spanish colonial town of Sidi Ifni boasting splendid Art Deco architecture, and Guelmim 'the gateway to the desert' with its bustling bazaars and camel markets. To the north is the seaside town of Aglou with its old-timey promenade and tiers of cave dwellings, and slightly inland, the town of Massa, hiding in a luscious green national park which offers fantastic freshwater fishing spots. And if you're after pukka Moroccan jewelry - 40kms through the cactus-strewn mountains lies Tiznit famous for its silver and ancient medina.
Food is a big part of Berber life and Mirleft has plenty of mouthwatering options: spidercrab, sea bass and octopus literally straight from the sea, lamb, beef, and camel tagines, or gut-busting Couscous-Royale lavished with meatballs, merguez sausage, and saffron-scented chickpea stew. There are also snack options a-plenty in the streetside cafes – from traditional Berber omelettes, to refreshing Moroccan salads to fantastic homemade French fries.
Situated a safe distance from the disco lights of Agadir the emphasis here is very much on relaxation. But if lolling on the beach isn't your bag - there is still plenty to do. Mirleft is home to some of the finest surfing spots on the SW coast of Morocco – and there are several well-established surf schools that offer training and equipment hire. The region is also renowned for its year-round near perfect paragliding conditions – and is very popular with European flyers looking to soar out of season. Other opportunities include quad biking in the desert, horse trekking in the mountains and diving for octopus under the rocky coastline.
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16 Jan 2014
"To good to be true"
I stumbled across the Big Blue whilst searching for a private apartment near Tiznit for a fortnight this November. I was a little dubious about staying in a private house but everything looked great. … More
17 Oct 2013
"luxury at a budget price"
After a family holiday in Mirleft (a place we had fallen in love with) we decided to go back as a couple for some more surfing and relaxing. We couldn't have chosen better: Even though Caroline w… More
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