The Atlantic Coast
We travel north of Agadir. The target is a windy city of Essaouira. We will be galloping through the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, wade through the argan groves and sip on wine by the bonfire light and the sounds of the drum in the evening.
Days overall8 daysDays in saddle7
StandardBerber caravan (tents, Ocean and singing)Luggageno limit kgFoodlocal cuisine, vegetarian meals available
Skillswalk, trot, gallop
The journey from Agadir to Essaouira is one of the most popular treks. The road is very diversified with its breathtaking high cliffs, wide sandy beaches and hilly argan groves. We will meet shepherds leading flocks of sheep and goats but also camels wandering around the dunes. We will get some occasions to swim in the ocean.
On the first, the second, and the seventh day we spend some 3-4 hours in the saddle and around 6 hours on the remaining days. While we get some occasions for galloping or trotting, we mostly walk.
Moroccans don’t castrate stallions, so we’re riding meres. They are almost exclusively Arabian-Berber cross-breed. They are small and stocky, but vigorous, as though created just for the rides. They are calmer and of a bit stronger posture than the Arabian horses. A horse tack is provided onsite.
- Accommodation in Agadir and in tents during the trek
- Breakfast and the welcoming supper in Agadir
- Alimentation during the trek (breakfast, takeaway lunch, supper)
- Transfer to and from the Agadir airport (on the first and the last day of the trek)
- A company of the local guides
- A horse with a complete tack
- A camel ride
- Tourist insurance covering high-risk sports
- A flight ticket to and from Agadir
- Extra meals in Agadir (a restaurant meal costs 5-10 Euro)
- Optional – a tip for guides (around 15 Euro)
- Minor expenses (souvenirs, extra snacks, entry tickets etc.)
Each companion is provided with a ride from the airport and taken directly to the riad in Marrakesh. Considering different arrival times of the particular party members, there are no organized attractions planned for that day. You are free to take your time swimming in the sea or in the pool or go for a trip to Agadir. There is a short horse ride at sunset and then a welcoming supper in the stable.
The trail of cliffs
In the morning and after breakfast there is a camel trip. Then, after everyone freshens up, we get into cars to drive north to reach the starting point of the trek. The horses are waiting there already. On that day, we get to pass some oversea cliffs to breathtaking views. We spend the night inland, with a beautiful bay view.
Argan trees and goats
After breakfast, we pack our luggage to the car and mount our horses. The trail leads inland as we enter the world of argan trees. The more observant riders are likely to spot goats grazing on the branches.
The ocean shore
On that day, the party goes back near the oceanside. The cliffs start getting lower but are still rich in beautiful viewpoints. On many occasions, we get to spot grazing camels. We eat our lunch in the cave over the beach and arrive at the village in the evening. We spend the night not far from a wide, sandy beach.
Horse races on the beach
After breakfast, we leave our luggage at the campsite and ride to the beach. In case of favorable weather conditions (calm waves), we organize a horse race along the coastline. Then it’s time for a sea swim. We return to the campsite to have a lunch and then we set off on our way.
The ocean coastline gets visibly lower on that day. Around lunch, we arrive at a waterfall and a range of high sand dunes. Again, the view is nothing but breathtaking. We stay for the night at a friendly stable.
The Wind City
After breakfast, we mount our horses for the last time. We head north, towards Essaouira to reach the town of Diabat. We arrive at our location around lunch and we part ways with our horses. You may spend a few hours visiting the medina or the stronghold and afterward, the party goes back to Agadir.
The party leaves Morocco. Each companion gets a lift to the airport.
The first and the last night is spent close to Agadir, not far from a banana village of Tamri. The hotel is placed some 15-minute walk from the beach and just next to the stable.
On the actual trek trail, the party spends the nights in the tourist tents with thick foam mattresses. Each party member is entitled to a single shower a day. We are equipped with a shower tent, a water bucket (can be heated on request) and a flushing cup. Apart from the first and the last day, there is no electricity. It is, however, possible to charge a mobile phone with a car charger if needed.
On the second and the last day, continental breakfasts are provided in the Agadir hotel (bread, cake, jam, eggs, coffee, orange juice, etc.). On the first day, after the sunset horse ride, the party is invited to a welcoming supper in the stable. All other spare-time meals (lunch after landing in Morocco or some extra meals on the last day) must be purchased individually. We want to encourage party members to taste the local food and don’t want to make any restrictions.
On the road, a cook is responsible for the field kitchen. The breakfasts are rather simple: Moroccan flatbread, jam, peanut butter, honey, cream cheese, argan oil and amlou, an argan paste (traditionally, Berbers eat bread dipped in oil and paste for breakfast). The lunch consists of different kinds of vegetable and fruit salads (sometimes with pasta) and fish. Various traditional tajin dishes are served for supper.
In Morocco, we drink bottled water (which should also be used for toothbrushing by persons with a sensitive intestinal tract), refreshing Berber tea (with mint and sugar) and sweet beverages. A bottle of wine is served for supper.
Please note that Morocco is a Muslim country. There is little or no access to alcohol (although there are liquor stores in Agadir and Essaouira). We recommend buying a bottle of strong alcohol at the airport and drinking it in small doses everyday (a different bacterial flora can lead to an upset stomach).
We use Moroccan English-type saddles. For hard seats, we also use fur blankets on the saddles. The bridles are traditional; we also use bits. The gear is pretty much like the European gear.
Additionally, every horse is equipped with two large bags. We use them to transport water supplies (on the first day, everyone receives a large bottle of water; don’t throw it away – we will be refilling them from the drinking water supply), lunch and other handy items (some cash, passport, etc.). The bags are waterproof and can easily contain a softshell jacket.
What you should take with you
We provide all necessary comforts for our Moroccan treks. We have a spacious car and the staff packs it with the camping equipment and luggage every morning, and then transports them to the next location.
- cash, preferably EUR
- electronic devices, e.g. camera
- sleeping bag
- flashlight; head flashlights are quite handy
- head cover against the sun
- riding equipment (Jodhpur boots, gloves, etc.)
- light raincoat
- flip-flops for showering
- swimming suit
- indigestion remedies (probiotics, diarrhea medications, strong alcohol)
- toilet paper
8 August 2020 - 15 August 2020