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Mirleft MoroccoThe fishing village of Mirleftis situated in Southern Morocco not far from the Atlantic Coast, just over 2 miles from Agadir airport. It’s a small and friendly place with a personal touch and there is a real sense of history in its landscape and architecture. This is a Berber town which lies between the sea and the desert, and there are some beautiful rock formations with plenty of good weather all year round. There is plenty to do here, but there is a relaxed atmosphere where simply exploring the village’s history and landscape is enough.

The village has fishing as its main source of income and for many years it survived in relative solitude.  In the 1960s it became more popular as more and more people recognised its potential as a surfing area and admired its unspoilt beaches.Although extremely popular today, it still manages to retain its quiet solitude and visitors have an opportunity to learn more about authentic Moroccan culture from its mainly Berber population. However there has been a steady influx of Europeans who have chosen to settle here in Mirleft over the years including Germans, Spanish and French; purchasing hotels, guest houses and restaurants in the village.

Mirleft surfingThere are many beaches on Mirleft and each one of them is unpolluted and unspoilt. This is an excellent surfing area and is frequented by local surfers and from abroad who come here for the excellent waves. If you are thinking of taking up surfing then there are some relatively inexpensive surf schools here. The beaches of Mirleft are Gzira, Sidi El Ouafi, Tamahroucht, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, IminTurga, the surfing beaches are Marabout Coq Village, and PlageSauvage. The most famous is Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah and one of the most popular is IminTurga.

There are plenty of other outdoor sports you can take part in such as trekking, paragliding, quad biking, fishing, donkey-rides and horse-riding. But you don’t have to take part in active sports; the beaches are peaceful enough to warrant a relaxing afternoon exploring the landscape. Not so far away is the Spanish fort overhead which was built around the time of the Spanish occupation in the mid-thirties, and the rest of the village has plenty of Spanish influence in its architecture. This small and friendly village is definitely worth a visit to experience the stunning beaches, beautiful buildings and friendly atmosphere.

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