kite & surf school
Essaouira Kite Paradise, your Kitesurf & Surf School in Morocco
progress & have fun
Kite Paradise’s mission is to share our love for kitesurfing & surfing with as many people as possible. It’s as simple as that. We offer kitesurfing & surfing lessons year-round, holiday packages including accomodation for every budget and every size of group, and also kitesurfing and surfing gear rental in Essaouira.
We teach kitesurfing & surfing with a pedagogic approach to make these sports accessible to to people from 7 years of age to 77 years young. We love to introduce new people to the sport, so whether you have tried kitesurfing or have never been on a kite, are an expert or a novice, join Essaouira Kite Paradise.
We follow a teaching methodology that we have designed to maximize your progress and enjoyment, and to make sure we provide the best possible experience. We provide lessons to all levels, from beginner to advanced. Lessons are available for groups, semi-private, or private.
Essaouira Kite Paradise is a kitesurfing & surfing school located in Essaouira’s bay, 30 seconds walking from the beach and the main lesson spot. For you comfort, there are for your use warm shower, toilet facilities and clean changing room.
After a ride session, you can chill out in the sofa or hamac and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our center, which is right in the middle of a gorgeous garden decorated with tropical plants of the country. We share kitesurfing and surfing stories, mint tea, snacks, tajines and BBQ. Essaouira Kite Paradise school is a user-friendly area!
kite & surf zone
Essaouira is a 3 kms sandy beach bay. On the wild side, it is the starting point for horses, camels and quads riding. On the other side, this is the entrance of the old city, called Medina, and of the fishing harbour.
Spot’s characteristics : a side shore wind blowing throughout the year, and the islands of Mogador at 1km off the coast. Thes islands filter the swell and let beautiful waves pass. The spot is very safe without rip currents and rocks. It’s a sage place for kitesurfing and surfing.
Essaouira bay is wavy in winter, ideal for surfer lovers and to practice strapless tricks! The rest of the year, the water is calm and the waves are pretty small and soft. Kitesurfing and surfing is accessible to all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Taher & Marie, Kite Paradise’s Manager
Marie-Laure will open Essaouira Kite Paradise center’s doors and welcome you warmly. She will provide you the best advice on finding the kitesurfing and surfing lessons you are looking for, depending on your level and your expectations.
Taher, your instructor, is more than happy to share everything he knows about the sport and his home town’s secrets with you. Native of Essaouira, he knows the bay and the surroundings spots like the back of his hand. He really knows the local conditions and he can use his local knowledge to ensure your progression and enjoyment.
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATED INSTRUCTORS
Taher has over 10 years of teaching experience and has taught kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing lessons in Essaouira, Dakhla, Tanger, Agadir, Egypt, and the Canary Islands. Taher has been Morocco’s windsurf champion in 2007 and has participated in international races. With his warm persona, his attention to detail, and a positive affirmation approach, you are sure to progress quickly from beginner to intermediate. If you want to achieve an advanced level, he will be delighted to teach you all the most stunning tricks.
Essaouira Kite Paradise has hand-picked some of the finest instructors to head up our team. Each instructor is qualified and shares the same methodology and passion for kitesurfing and surfing. The team’s mission is to get you up on your board and riding in no time, with many laughs and a smile on your face. We will be happy to share a tajine or a traditional BBQ with you, and will do our best to ensure you’ll have a fantastic time on the board and a memorable time in Essaouira.
Discover the fishing city
If you are on holiday with your family, a group of friends, as a couple or solo, Essaouira is the perfect destination to satisfy everyone. There are a thousand ways to do discover this town.
Located on the windy Atlantic coast, about two hours southwest of Marrakesh, there is the small city of Essaouria. “Swerah,” as locals call it. This blue seaside town combines some of the best of what Morocco has to offer — excellent beaches, great food and vibrant culture — with a chill atmosphere that isn’t as prominent in other parts of the country. With its long beach, calm harbor and friendly locals, Essaouria has developed into one of the more tranquil spots in Morocco.
Things to do
The fishing port: You are free to wander around taking photographs of the rampart and the blue wood fishing boat, and soaking up the atmosphere, smells and all. Seafood lovers : you can have grilled fish and enjoy the freshest fish you have ever eaten!
La Médina : This vibrant city has a long history of colonization and its Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Remparts of Skala : Take a stroll along the old Portuguese ramparts as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Fun Essaouira Fact: If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize Essaouria as the backdrop from where Daenerys Targaryen purchased her army of Unsullied soldiers.
Tagharte beach : Most people come to Essaouiria to enjoy its picturesque beach. A series of ruins about a 1.5 kilometers to the far end of the beach make it a worthy stop. You can walk, swim or ride a camel or horse to explore the ruins. Rent a beach chair, be, relax, watch kite surfers, soccer players, read a book and work hard on that tan.
What’s going on?
March 27 to April – 2018 : Morocco windsurfing world cup.
June 21 to 24 – 2018 : Festival Gnaoua world music
Complet events agenda on the website Made in Essaouira.
eat & drink
Moroccan food is incredibly diverse thanks to the country’s interaction with other cultures and nations over the centuries, including Berber, Moorish, Arab and Mediterranean influences. You can taste the typical recipies in restaurants, as couscous, tajine, pastilla… You can also enjoy snacks while roaming in the streets of the Medina, such as stopping for a tea, eating moroccan pastry, munching on fish BBQ, or visiting spicies market.
Essaouira also offers different fun & exciting places in the night, where you can enjoy the sunset while listening to a live music band.
the addresses we recommended
Laayoune – restaurant, maroccan deash – Medina,
Salut Maroc – bar and restaurant, live music, roof top – Medina la Skala,
Le Taros – bar and restaurant, live music, roof top – Entrance of the Medina,
Beach & Friends – bar and restaurant, live music – sand terrace
Discover more addresses et tips on the website Made in Essaouira.
things to do
Leisures & activities in Essaouira
Essaouira offers plenty of activities for all budget and desires. If you are on holiday with your family, a group of friends, or as a couple or solo, everyone can find satisfcation. Essaouira Kite Paradise can book activities for you and share tips and great deals. Let us organise your holiday program!
Stand up Paddle
Leisures & visits
Moroccan cooking class
Visit of the Medina
Hammam & massage
Visit of an Argan cooperative
Relax and chill to a swimming pool
Discover more addresses and tips on the website Made in Essaouira.
how to come to Essaouira?
Flights to Essaouira
London Lutton – Essaouira : all year round flights operate by Easyjet. 2 fligts a week : Tuesday & Saturday. Flight duration : 4h00.
Charleroi – Essaouira : All year round flights operate by TUI Fly. 2 flights a week : Monday & Thursday. Flight duration : 3h45.
Duesseldorf – Essaouira : Flights operate by Ryanai. 2 flights a week : Tuesday & Saturday. Flight duration : 3h50.
Paris Orly – Essaouira : All year round flights operate by Transavia. 4 flights a week : Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. Flight duration : 3h30.
Lyon – Essaouira : winter fligts operate by Easyjet, from October to March. 2 flights a week : Tuesday & Saturday. Flight duration : 3h00.
Bordeaux – Essaouira : Fligts operate by Easyjet, from October to March, on Wednesay & Saturday, from June to August, on Tuesday & Saturday. Flight duration : 3h00.
by car or with a private driver
You will find plenty of international and local rental car agency in Morocco. Private driver is also a very common solution if you want to travel across the country.
Marrakech – Essaouira :
National Road : Distance : 180 kms. Duration : 2h00.
National Highway : Distance : 196 kms. Duration : 2h30.
Agadir – Essaouira :
National Road : stuning view from the coast road, which is a winding road. Distance : 170 kms. Duration : 2h30.
National Highway A7 : Distance : 280 kms. Duration : 3h20.
We recommend the bus company Supratours from Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca…
your travel bag
what you need to pack
Sport bag : Essaouira Kite Paradise recommends you to bring a sport bag on the day of activites. You can pack : Sunblock cream, Beach towel, Swimsuit, Gourd bottle, Sunglasses (and cord to navigate), Windbreaker jacket, Warm hoodie, Cap or hat, Sneaker, Flip flop,
Passport : the Moroccan authorities require the European passport to be valid for the length of your stay. We recommand to ensure 3 month validity left.
Power socket : In Morocco the power sockets are of type E (same as France).
Souvenirs : keep place in your luggage to bring back souvenirs from Morocco and its traditional handcraft : carpet, olive and argan oil, spices, jewelry, leather bag…
The local currency is called Dirham. 1 € = 11,30 MAD.
Cash : The Moroccan Dirham is not available to be bought outside of Morocco. For your holiday it is best to take cash to change in Morocco. Large hotels and banks all use the same government-controlled exchange rate. Smaller establishments such as riads and small boutique hotels which are not registered as an official exchange place, offer slightly less advantageous rates to cover the change of rate that can happen in the time between them changing your money and getting it to the bank.
ATM (cashpoint machines) : are widely available throughout the country. Note, however, that the exchange rate that you get from the card companies will be less cost effective than changing money in a bank or hotel.
Credit Cards : Most hotels and most reputable shops will accept major credit cards. Even when shopping in markets, some credit cards will be accepted. However beware, some souk shops may try to load another 5-10% on the price of the article when they see a credit card. There is minimal acceptance of Euro cheques although this method should not be relied upon.
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