Travel | Undiscovered Dakhla
“Simply the nicest place on Earth to spend the afternoon.”
No words have rung more true than that of Mr. Winston Churchill.
Morocco is the northern gateway to Africa, with each of its’ cities having uniquely distinct and diverse characteristics. From palatial mountain ranges to deserts that seem to stretch far beyond the edge of the Earth, beryl seas that border pristine beaches, there is an energy that enhances the senses and entices the soul.
Morocco’s culture is as diversified and dreamy as its’ landscape. With historical roots pushing beyond borders, it’s no wonder how this unique place came to be an intoxicating fusion of cultures, religions, and people. Walking down winding alleys toward bustling souks, each filled with baskets of vibrant silks, spices, scented oils and salt scrubs that could make one feel like a star in their own movie. So whether it’s a Marrakech marketplace or Saharan sand dunes you are seeking- Your Moroccan Adventure is waiting for you.
Taking on the extremes of desert dunes meeting blue lagoons, wind-surfing gales underneath the striking heat, in a place where the nothingness gives you so much.
Doesn’t seem like there’s much to do in Dakhla, right? Well if you look past the dunes and crystal bays you’ll see that the city is actually the second biggest in the Western-Sahara desert. Scattered by unspoiled land, the region is breathtaking in so many ways. The way the water meets the dunes is already the ultimate visual, combine that with some of the best seafood, extreme sunsets, and beautiful people, Dakhla should not be missed out on.
Popularly known for it’s windsurfing and kitesurfing, thrill-seekers and active travellers flock here to dock at the numerous water-sports camps, looking to fill their time with epic sport stunts, sun-kissed skin and sandy hair.
Dakhla is home to some epic festivals, more specifically the watersport festivals, which triggered the kind of heards of travellers visiting the area. Channel your inner-Bohemenian and play at the Dakhla Festival (Sea & Desert Festival). Combining sport, art, music and food, the buzz is incredible, bringing together people from all over the world, and all walks fo life, experiencing something magical.
Travel about 20 km’s from the city and visit the Oyster farm, this glorious seaside restaurant is a paradise for seafood lovers. Expect an authentic dining experience at La Maison Du Thei, fusing decorative Indian prints and colours, rustic handmade furniture and a slight Parisian influence, the ambience is mouthwatering. Nestled at the seafront is Villa Dakha, breathtaking views and for the adventurous diner, try the camel topped with a great bottle of Spanish wine.
Its prime to lay your head somewhere near the beach, there are numerous camps to setup in the best locations for daily activities. Get in on all the action and like a true nomad, stay at the Ocean Vagabond Kitesurfing camp. Super vibrant and full of energy, the resort is packed with activities and new faces to connect with. From one extreme to another, Le Palais Rhoul & Spa is a tranquil setting for the spiritual-hunter. Stripped down to minimalist designs, and open spaces, your mind can relax and your soul can breathe.
The water-sports scene isn't the only feature that lays beyond the untouched dunes. Visit the colourful medina and souks and experience the tradesmen selling everything from fruit to delicate jewellery pieces. Head straight to the Atlantic Ocean and wonder on the cliffs of Dahkla, visit the local fisherman villages and learn fishing techniques as old as time. Looking for private beach settings, travel to Dragon Island, a small island in the centre of the lagoon. The desert region comes with it’s thermal water lagoon at the source of Asnaa. Refresh yourself in in the sulphate, cool down with camels and enjoy the deep body cleanse.
Close this chapter by visiting the beach of Dakhla Attitude Beach Club, relax on wooden beds, hammocks, swings and pillows while watching the sunset.