Bright and comfortable double room with balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in modern spacious house owned by English journalist and her rescue dog
My home is situated in Tayert 1, a tiny, quiet hamlet 1.5kms from the centre of the laid-back fishing village of Mirleft (four mins drive - about 20 to walk). Nestling between several beautiful beaches the spacious open-plan house is set atop a rocky escarpment overlooking the endless blue Atlantic Ocean to the west - with a view of the purple-tinged Anti-Atlas Mountains to the east.
The first floor, light and airy room has an extremely comfortable European bed (inc. 100% cotton bedding, double covered pillows, regularly washed/aired feather duvet, mattress cover) and double sliding doors that open onto a balcony facing directly out to sea. There’s lots of wardrobe space and plenty of power points. The room also comes with a full-length mirror, hairdryer - and towels for use in the giant wet room (shared only with me), which is equipped with a double-headed shower (hard to find in Morocco!).
This is not a BnB - but coffee and English tea are always available, and you are welcome to make your own breakfast in my kitchen. If you arrive very late then I will provide the first breakfast for free so you don't have to go looking for shops.
Other food wise - there are beach front café/restaurants a few minutes either side of the house – and umpteen delightful eateries offering various lovely local fare in the village.
Food is a big part of Berber life and Mirleft has plenty of mouthwatering options: spidercrab, sea bass and octopus literally straight from the sea, lamb, beef, and camel tagines, or gut-busting Couscous-Royale lavished with meatballs, merguez sausage, and saffron-scented chickpea stew. There are also snack options a-plenty in the streetside cafes – from traditional Berber omelettes, to refreshing Moroccan salads to fantastic homemade French fries.
Situated a safe distance from the disco lights of Agadir the emphasis here is very much on relaxation. But if lolling on the beach isn’t your bag - there is still plenty to do. Mirleft is home to some of the finest surfing spots on the SW coast of Morocco – and there are several well-established surf schools that offer training and equipment hire. The region is also renowned for its year-round near perfect paragliding conditions – and is very popular with European flyers looking to soar out of season. Other opportunities include quad biking in the desert, horse trekking in the mountains and diving for octopus under the rocky coastline. I can also organise tours south into the desert on request.
Further south along the shimmering Atlantic coast lies L’Gzira beach resplendent with cathedral-high red rock formations, the former Spanish colonial town of Sidi Ifni boasting splendid Art Deco architecture, and Guelmim ‘the gateway to the desert’ with its bustling bazaars and camel markets. To the north is the seaside town of Aglou with its old-timey promenade and tiers of cave dwellings, and slightly inland, the town of Massa, hiding in a luscious green national park which offers fantastic freshwater fishing spots. And if you’re after pukka Moroccan jewelry - 40kms through the cactus-strewn mountains lies Tiznit famous for its silver and ancient medina.
I’m here most of the time so if you need honest opinion, transport or contacts for local activities or places to go I’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Whether you’re a paraglider or surfer gasping for some action, an adventurer eager to explore or a sun-seeker just seeking to splodge – if you’re looking for a tranquil bolthole – this could be just the place.
Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, roof terrace
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as they want!
Convenience stores, bakery, local beaches, very friendly people - and lots of peace and quiet.
Hourly bus service - Sidi Ifni to Tiznit, local taxis can be arranged
There are no 'rules' per se - aside from according my house the respect you would your own home. It's pretty easygoing here - think staying with a friend-of-a-friend rather than some crabby old landlady and her mutt.
I will, however, need to make a copy your passports (stored on my computer) - for your security and mine.
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What can we say! We had such a lovely time with Caroline and Charlie, they both welcomed us into their beautiful home. It was our base for six days and Caroline was so helpful, arranging paragliding and horse riding, reccomending the best places to eat and making us feel so welcome. If you're thinking of heading to Mirleft stay with Caroline and Charlie, enough said :-)
Staying with Caroline was like staying with a friend of a friend. She was really helpful both before and during our stay and made our first visit to Morocco a lot smoother than it would´ve been without her tips. The room and the house were just like in the pictures - just add the soothing sound of waves and you're almost there.
Caroline made us feel very welcome and at ease from the moment we arrived at her lovely home. After a long and hectic journey travelling from Marrakech, we were delighted that her house was what we had hoped for.
The bedroom was airy and clean and the bed was very comfortable.
We loved having our breakfast on the roof terrace, sometimes accompanied by her very cheeky dog charlie. Caroline drew us a map so we knew exactly where to go and was always very happy to help.
We loved listening to her stories and very soon found out that she was a bit of a celebrity in the small town.
If you are looking for a little bit of an adventure as well as a real relax this is the place to visit.
Cheers Annabelle - twas lovely having you guys here. The Germans did not visit - but I bumped into them a couple of nights ago (they'd stayed an extra two days) so we were able to say goodbye - and take a cringey photo. Take care and hope to see you again one day.
We had a lovely time by Caroline! She was a very nice guest, very friendly and open, giving us a lot of tipps and advice about the region,people and way of bargaining and making us feel very cosy. The room was very clean, splendind view to the ocean, we received keys of the house so that we were always very flexible when coming and going. The tipps regading where to eat in town and what to visit were really good and helpful! During the night it was a bit chilly in the room, because of winter time (February), so for those who are more sensible to cold weather, do not forget that there is no heating in Marokko and the temperature difference between day and night is high, so pack an extra pullover or some cosy pyjamas :). We also made friends with Charlie, the friendly dog!
Much can be said about The Big Blue and its cool host !Beautiful house in a beautiful place! Caroline was super host and made us feel just like at home! Would definitely recommend to stay here for many reasons! Thanks a million again!
It was already dark when we arrived and Caroline came to meet us at the entrance of her neighborhood. From the moment we stepped into the house, we felt at home: Caroline showed us around, pointing out things we could use around the kitchen as well as in other areas. The bedroom was light, spacious, and comfortable.
Thank you for my lovely review Joëlle - nobody can see the "what you loved" bit (because it's "private") so I've pasted it in here...
What we liked: the conversation and the sense that our host was happy to live in Mirleft: respectful of its culture as well as its environment. Charlie, her adopted four-legged friend is a sweetheart: friendly, yet very quiet and well behaved. The view from our room was fabulous and we found the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below quite soothing after a long day of sightseeing - actually the only thing we could hear! Far away from major cities, the starry night sky was gorgeous. One day, after coming back at a particularly late hour, we found a delicious light supper waiting for us! Both of us were sad to leave such a great host/ new friend and we hope to stay in touch.
In 2007 I ran away to Morocco and ended up on the Atlantic coast in the Berber fishing village of Mirleft. After two months of sun, sea, fantastic food and bundles of Berber bonhomie I decided that this was where I wanted to live. So I sold my rabbit hutch in London and with the proceeds, much help from fabulous new friends, and a crash course in French and Berber I built a house by the sea.
I now live here on a pretty permanent basis with my young and very friendly rescue dog Charlie. A typical day comprises Charlie rollicking on a neighbouring beach while I’ll either be working as a freelance journalist in London (via wi-fi) or on the upkeep of the house.
After several years living on Morocco's SW coast (and from researching for travel features) I am now very knowledgeable about the region and fully integrated into the local Berber community - the latter being extremely easy to achieve just by being friendly and up for a laugh. And while my day-to-day is largely 'European' I have inevitably adopted the Berber mantra "imik, imik" ('slowly, slowly') - i.e. life is pretty relaxed.
So if you're looking for a friendly, secluded spot to snooze to the swashing of the sea both Charlie and I would be happy to have you here.