Mirleft Fishing Village
Mirleft is an unspoilt fishing village near the Atlantic coast with some breath-taking beaches and beautiful landscapes. It is a million miles away from the city of Agadir only 2.5 miles away. It is a Berber town with a small population of under 10,000 people. It makes its living through fishing and still retains its friendly atmosphere and traditional Moroccan way of life, despite having become more popular in recent years.
Mirleft become more popular from the sixties onwards and is now a popular holiday resort, with plenty of water sports and outdoor activities such as paragliding, horse-riding, quad biking, and fishing. There are also less daring activities such as donkey rides and trekking. However, the beaches provide ample opportunity to simply relax and unwind. There is a strong Berber community here and there is also a growing community of Europeans who own some of the restaurants and hotels here.
Mirleft is especially popular with surfers as it has some excellent beaches. It is perfect for beginners through to more experienced surfers, and manages to attract surfers from all over Morocco as well as the rest of the world. There are some phenomenal beaches here that are still relatively untouched by tourism, with Imin Turga and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, being two of the most popular. There are also some excellent surf schools here for those interested in taking part regardless of experience.
As well as the beach there are some beautiful rock formations which stretch out into the surf and are well worth exploring. That, combined with excellent weather throughout the year makes Mirleft a beautiful place to visit. There is a Spanish fort which overlooks the village and is well worth seeing; because from here you can enjoy excellent views of the sea. The Spanish architecture of the fort is reflected in the village as coastal parts of Morocco were occupied by the Spanish (1912 – 1956). In fact, Mirleft was so popular with the Spaniards that they stayed for some time after Morocco had gained independence.
There are some excursions to Tiznit, from the Kasbah in Mirleft, with its fortified walls and palm groves, a small town that has excellent hand crafted items including silver, and much cheaper than both Marrakesh and Agadir. There is also the oasis of Tata on the edge of the Sahara plain. However, the village of Mirleft itself is well worth exploring and has not lost any of its authenticity over the years despite its popularity.