In a country with such an extensive coastline (around 2,000 km) and so focused on tourism, there is no shortage of marinas where you can enjoy a good sea voyage. Therefore, in this post, we tell you where to sail in Morocco, whether you hold a boat captain’s license or not.
Where to Sail in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean coast of Morocco is widely used by private vessels for sea voyages, some even with destinations or origins on the opposite shore. In fact, at some points, the Spanish coast is really close (the Strait of Gibraltar is just 14 km wide at its narrowest point). Therefore, from Tangier to the border with Algeria, there are several marinas, some of which have been inaugurated in recent years to service this booming activity.
Here is a list of the main ones:
- Marina Saidia: a port in this city, which has seen significant development in recent decades, located at the eastern end of the country. Precisely for this reason, it is one of the most modern and a good place for those looking for where to sail in Morocco at a premium level. It boasts a whopping 800 berths for vessels up to 60 meters in length and 4 meters in draft.
- Ports of Tetouan: paradoxically, the city of Tetouan does not have access to the sea, but the coast is just about 10 km away, and that means it has three marinas. Marina Mdiq, Marina Kabila, and, above all, Marina Smir. The latter port is the most lively and offers the widest variety of premium services, including dining.
- Marina Alhucemas: is the marina of this city, which is experiencing a tourism boom, and where its Yacht Club is located. Its range of dining and leisure services is limited, but the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings make it a good place to sail in Morocco.
Where to sail in the Atlantic
The Atlantic coast, which extends from Tangier to the southern end of the country, is more extensive. Although the concentration of marinas is not as dense as in the Mediterranean, there are premium level ports to enjoy a good voyage. These are the most important:
- Tanja Marina Bay (Tangier marina): in a city so focused on trade and maritime navigation, a marina could not be missing. And moreover, it is one of the chicest, thus inheriting the cosmopolitan legacy of this city, declared an International Zone in the 20th century. It is also a complex with a rich and varied offer of leisure and culture. In the words of the port authority, it is “the first urban marina of the Kingdom”. And one of the largest, as it has 1,400 berths.
- Port of Rabat-Salé, known as Marina Bouregreg: in fact, as its name suggests, it is a port located at the mouth of the river of the same name. It serves the capital and the neighboring Salé, as they form the same metropolitan area. With 250 berths, for vessels up to 100 meters in length and 4 meters in draft.
- Marina Agadir: as indicated in this post, it is an attraction in itself, with premium services for those spending their holidays in a resort at this destination. Indeed, its size is relatively modest, with 300 berths and vessels up to 30 meters in length. But the accommodation, leisure, and dining offer give it a plus for those who, in addition to sailing in Morocco, are looking for quality and relaxation.
- Marina Casablanca: despite not being the most picturesque marina (as it is located next to the cargo port), it offers services to those wishing to sail in Morocco from the country’s most populous city.