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Essaouira

Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira has preserved the splendor, traditions and cultural wealth of Morocco. The UCPA Centre is located in the heart of this charming city, with blue boats and smells of the spices from the souks surrounding it. The consistent wind has attracted wind sport lovers for over 30 years to this incredible part of the world.

Activities

Famous for it's kitesurfing and surfing, the ​centre in Essaouira specialises in these sports. Participants are split into groups based on ability and all are welcome, from complete beginners to experts. But it's not all about those sports! The ​area has an amazing array of landscapes, and a culture certainly worth exploring. 

Local Town

​Essaouira is an historic town located on the ​west coast of Morocco, exposed to the powerful Atlantic. Originally a completely fortified town, many parts are still contained within the walls. The town offers a more laid-back approach to life, especially when compared to the frenetic Marrakesh. A perfect destination for combining sport, culture, and relaxation.

UCPA Centre

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in ​Essaouira UCPA use Hotel Miramar. The hotel is ​situated on the beach, in the centre of the town. Rooms are 2-3 beds shared between guests (twin and double rooms are available for a supplement).

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Testimonials

  • 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
  • The quality of the equipment is second to none and the ability to easily swap things over if they’re not quite right is so useful. 
    Amelia S
  • There is always such a friendly and open atmosphere and the nights provide a great opportunity to meet new people. Making new friends from all over the world is a virtual certainty and for me personally, this was the...
    Richard J
  • 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
  • The kit is top quality and new and there is a workshop for any adjustments or changes you may require during your week.
    Elliot B
  • Imagine moules mariniereier, steak (cooked how you like it) and paella just to name a few options during our week and you get a picture of how well fed you will be at UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • 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
  • I wish I had discovered UCPA earlier. 
    Oliver P