Thanks Shanae for being in touch on Facebook! This is a great question – it might seem like an impossible ask, but a short 4 hour flight (give or take) can take you to Malta or Morocco this winter. Both offer beaches and watersports, and winter highs in the teens at least, but Agadir, Morocco in particular has gorgeous weather and a stellar beachy vibe at this time of year.
The west coast beach town of Agadir boasts over 300 sunshine days a year and a balmy average high of 20.7 degrees in December. It is Morocco’s primary beach resort, with a six-mile sandy beach and world-class surfing. Top that off with Moroccan culture that has a western twist, and we have a winner!
Agadir was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1960s, and rebuilt as a uniquely modern Moroccan city. Explore a ruined medieval Kasbah (fortress) next to the harbour, wander the painstakingly recreated medina and stroll the waterfront promenade at sunset in a pair of shorts and flip flops. Eat at a chic beachside cafe or grab a barbequed fish sandwich from a beachside stall, similar to the Turkish favourite balik ekmek, and pick up a few unique Christmas gifts for friends and family back home.
If you’re after watersports, the surfing in Morocco is amongst the best in the world and affordable to boot; excellent and uncrowded surfing beaches extend north from Agadir to the famous surf breaks in Taghazout. British and local surf schools cater to all levels of experience and ability, from complete beginners to seasoned pros, and lessons start from £29. All-inclusive trips to Morocco start from a very affordable £250 pp, and if you fancy an additional treat, week-long luxury surf and yoga courses start from £150 pp.
After a day of swimming, surfing or urban exploring, unwind at the swanky and stylish Café del Mar as the sun sets over the Atlantic; the scent of night-blooming jasmine and sea salt on your skin will wipe those winter blues away.
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