About this listing
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.