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Activities in Essaouira

Exposed to the elements from the Atlantic, Essaouira boasts consistent wind and reliable surf. The landscape and culture of Essaouira is truly unique and worth exploring. Whether you are interested in the history and culture, or just the sports, there is something for everyone in Essaouira.

Activities  

The power of the Atlantic provides Essaouira with great conditions for wind based sports and surfing. The beautiful town and landscape facilitates alternative activities for those who prefer to stay on the ground; exploring by horseback, golf, yoga and discover.

Windsports

Famous for it's kitesurfing and surfing, the ​centre in Essaouira specialises in these sports. The best season to kitesurf is from April to November. Essaouira is known as the ‘Wind City in Africa” for a reason...The strong summer winds has made this destination a hugely popular spot for kiteboarding with strong wind and any conditions from flat water to waves. Participants are split into groups based on ability and all are welcome, from complete beginners to experts. For the surfers out there, the best spots in Essaouira; Safi, Essaouira Bay, Sid Kaouki and Imessouane are the places to go. The mornings are often the best time to surf and then when the wind picks up, leave the waves to the kitesurfers! 

​Non-windsports

If you are looking for something a bit different from windsports UCPA have so many vaired activties to chose from; Horseriding down the stunning beaches of Essaouria and gallop through the sand. With the surrounding scenery, you will have many unforgettable rides throughout your week. Essaouira offers a unique golfing experience playing in the heart of the sand dunes and forest overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Look after your body practicing yoga focusing on balance, flexibility, and strength, centered around your breathing. Learn to be more aware with conscious breath in both dynamic and static positions. Enjoy guided relaxation and develop an awareness of your body as it relaxes. And finally why not explore on foot, experience typical culture of ​Essaouria, and see lots of this amazing part of North Africa. You are likely to explore Essaouria of course, but also Marrakech, Laarba Ida Ogourd and in your free time relax in the hotel pool looking out over the ocean. 

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Testimonials

  • There isn’t a part of UCPA that I don’t enjoy, it’s some of the best holidays I’ve had and going to have.
    Peter E
  • UCPAs are like an upmarket hostel. However, they are always comfortable and if you want to meet people, the rooms of 4-6 are a great way of doing so. Even better is most of the UCPAs have some twin rooms...
    Anna R
  • Describing the UCPA is difficult. Not because there is a lack of adjectives to adequately convey the amount of fun you’ll have while you are there, the friendliness of the instructors, the quality of the food...
    Mark D
  • The food is great and there is tons of it from breakfast, lunch, snack time (after your day on the slopes) and dinner in the evening. My favourite meal this year was on the Thursday evening when it was...
    Peter E
  • The UCPA has its own bar which is slightly cheaper than anywhere else in the resort. It has a pool table, comfy seats and a good atmosphere. 
    Ron H
  • One click and you’ve booked everything. No searching around for lessons, ski-hire etc. And the best thing is you can keep adding people to your group.
    Anna R
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc.  We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • All UCPAs are very friendly and sociable. The bar and dining areas are open with big tables, encouraging people to sit together and get to know each other. This makes it very easy as a solo traveller.
    Anna R