Essaouira gets the headlines when it comes to kitesurfing – and yes, it’s good. But 1,000 miles to the south is another golden location that you should visit if you’ve got any interest in kiting – Dakhla. The key to Dakhla is the shape of the peninsula it’s on. It juts out about 10kms into…
Dakhla, sometimes known as al-Dakhla, is built on a narrow peninsula that protudes into the Atlantic Ocean and runs parallel to the African coast. An Amazigh settlement since ancient times, these days it has a growing reputation as a leading global destination for watersports lovers.
To get to Dakhla you have a choice of flying from Casablanca airport, or making your way by land. This second option gives you the chance to see the Sahara - the single road to Dakhla winds through the desert along the coast, passing many traditional villages and campsites. When you finally arrive at Dakhla it’s like finding a secret oasis.
The town is a mix of Amazigh influence and Spanish architecture, a remnant from colonial times. You’ll quickly notice that the prevailing feel of Dakhla is laid back and relaxed, befitting its popularity as a haven for watersports enthusiasts. It’s a town where you can relax, absorb the culture, and enjoy stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean.