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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Horse riding in Agadir, Morocco

Tamraght is a little fishing village about 12 kms north from Agadir in southern Morocco. We were fortunate to spend a few months living near there recently.

Tamraght is well known for having some of the best surfing in Morocco. There are many surf camps of various quality, but our favorite by far is Surf Maroc. Managed buy a close knit team of very cool people they run an incredibly slick operation out of 4 locations. They also offer Roxy surf weeks and a surf yoga retreat in a fabulous villa with private pool, front line beach.

Where there is surf there are of course beaches and Tamraght has plenty to offer.

Nearly everyday from our house in Aourir (2km south of Tamraght) we would walk to the beach and spend a few hours playing with our little boy in the golden sand, splashing in the cool Atlantic waters, taking camel rides and petting the horses. Over time we built up a good rapport with Adi, the young chap in charge of these horse trips. Adi is great fun, speaks good English and has a passion for horses and horse riding. We visited his stables, Ranch Amodou Cheval, built out of traditional materials, fed the horses and drank Moroccan whisky (Moroccan mint tea, highly sweetened).

Highly impressed with their basic but very clean stables and well fed horses we decided to go

out for an early morning ride along the stunning, deserted beach between Aourir and Tamraght.

The three of us met Adi before the sun burnt off the morning mist, out side our house and climbed, rather awkwardly into the mounts.

We had selected a two hour trip, the first half of which was spent on the beach, trotting past beginner surfers being washed up, bedraggled but happy and galloping to chase the sea gulls. The second half we took a right turn and walked into the mountains, past argan trees, berber nomad camps and finally returning to the beach for the ride home.

Saddle sore but promising to take one of the more adventurous Adi offers we bade farewell.

If you should ever be Agadir or thereabouts I highly recommend giving Adi a call and organising a ride with him - you won't regret it!

Mobile: +212 662200474 or +212 670341510
Address: km13 Route d’Essaouira, Tamraght, Agadir

Ranch Amodou Cheval offers rides by the hour, day trips, 2 days trips – longer 8 days trips. Learn more visit their web site.


Jacie said...

wow this looks amazing fun - and I was impressed by their excellent website. One to add to my lists of things to do!

Mike Drury said...

Jacie, thank you for looking in as always. They´ll make you very welcome, please do call in to Marbella on the way down. I enjoy your blog and thoughts. Best wishes Mike