Dakhla, sometimes known as al-Dakhla, is built on a narrow peninsula that protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean and runs parallel to the African coast. An Amazigh settlement since ancient times, these days it has a growing reputation as a leading global destination for beach escapades, desert adventures, tours and expeditions, and watersports lovers.
To get to Dakhla you have a choice of flying from Casablanca airport, or making your way by land on one of our overland tours to Morocco South. This second option gives you the chance to see the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara – the single road to Dakhla winds through the desert along the coast, passing many traditional villages and campsites. When you finally arrive at Dakhla it’s like finding a secret oasis or a magic land resort.
The town is a mix of Amazigh Berber influence and Spanish architecture, a remnant from colonial times. You’ll quickly notice that the prevailing feel of Dakhla is laid back and relaxed, befitting its popularity as a haven for the active overland travelers and the watersports enthusiasts. It’s a town where you can relax, absorb the culture, and enjoy stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean.
Thrusting out into the Atlantic Ocean on a split of land, the area around Dakhla has long, sunbleached beaches that are warmed by the sub-tropical sunshine and, even better, are surprisingly quiet. The beaches are primarily used as launch points for people enjoying the fantastic water sports on offer in the huge, turquoise Dakhla lagoon. It’s one of the greatest desert escapades spots in the world for both kite and windsurfing, with strong winds blowing consistently along the shoreline. Not to forget bedouin and Sahara nomads that are scattered with their camel and goat flocks all around Dakhla. So if you like to rough it up in a 4×4 overland cruiser to explore the beauty of the Sahara desert breathtaking landscapes and the mystery of life in the desert, all are reachable only a few miles outside of Dakhla. You can even ask for an overnight over the voluptuous dunes under the African skies for a Sahara experience.
Of course, nowhere is truly empty and you can find all sorts of wildlife here – flamingos and crabs live in the area, and the occasional dolphin pops its head out of the surf to see what’s going on. Don’t forget to visit Dragon Island, an offshore dune shaped like a dragon when seen from the side, which is said to be magical, unspoiled and a perfect place to find peace. You can go by boat, swim or walk at low tide.
Things to Do in Ad Dakhla
FRESH SEA FOOD AND TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN STAPLES
Morocco has one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, influenced by Andalusian Spain, Arabia, and France. Dakhla is famous for Oyster farming by hand which is a traditional practice in Dakhla. Oysters from Dakhla are sold not only around Morocco but are exported to high-end European restaurants and even Japan.
Restaurants in Dakhla has to offer a variety of grilled prawns and clams, calamari, fresh shrimps, spicy crabs, fish carpaccio and oysters with subtle spices and intriguing flavor combinations. Dakhla will spoil you with the sheer variety of its marine platter. You are out for an indulging treat if you like seafood and exotic food.
Dakhla region is a home for a diversity of marine animals, birds, reptiles and mammals that are rare or threatened species. UNESCO has supported a project to create Dakhla National Park in order to preserve the natural biodiversity of the region.
All year-round, you can see dolphins or even orcas swimming in Dakhla lagoon. But the most frequently, you can spot a flock of flamingos gathered in the lagoon which are the most representative birds of the Dakhla region. Sarah Tours offers many overland cultural and adventure tours around Dakhla and throughout Morocco.
AUTHENTIC BUNGALOWS NEXT TO THE LAGOON
Stay at authentic bungalows, built of natural materials, and surrounded by mountains with amazing lagoon views. Located 30 km from the airport of Dakhla, it is a perfect getaway for an authentic experience. Comfortable single, double, or group size bungalows with private bathrooms are a very nice alternative to hotels. Name it and Sarah tours will customize to for you in Morocco.
FAR FROM THE CROWDS
If you want to freshen your bucket list with an unspoiled destination, make sure you add Dakhla to your list. Tranquillity and simplicity- these are the words that perfectly describe this place. Far from busy streets and crowded beaches, where you can enjoy the comforts of a relaxing beach holiday, explore local life and culture…
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