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Facts about Dakhla in Morocco

Dakhla, 400 kilometers north of the Mauritanian border, is a medium-sized city with a population of little more than 100,000 people
Dajla

 -   Dakhla, Morocco

Introduction

Dakhla is situated in Western Sahara, in southern Morocco. Dakhla, 400 kilometers north of the Mauritanian border, is a medium-sized city with a population of little more than 100,000 people. Dakhla has a mild year-round temperature, so you won't be as hot as you would be in other Saharan places.

One thing to remember is that it might be rather windy. If you have little children, it may not be the ideal choice for a beach holiday, but if you have enthusiastic teens, they will like all of the alternatives. Many visitors choose to stay in beach resorts, which are tiny, peaceful towns. If you visit Dakhla, you will find the people to be kind and welcoming.

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How to Travel to Dakhla

Due to the long distance, there are few choices for getting to Dakhla. It is also one of the priciest tourist spots. This is how you get there:

Using an aircraft

Both local and international planes serve Dakhla. There are direct flights from Agadir and Casablanca, and Royal Air Maroc connects you to these sites from other parts of Morocco. Domestic flights are rather pricey, with round-trip tickets costing about $200 per person.

Air Arabia now operates a number of low-cost flights from Marrakech to Dakhla. If you're going to make the trip, this is a great alternative.

Seasonal international flights from France, Germany, and the Canary Islands come. The airport at Dakhla is TINY. Because it is just one runway and one small terminal, you will not get lost or arrive too early for your trip.

Supratours, CTM, and the less expensive SATAS provide bus service to Dakhla from major Moroccan cities. Tickets cost roughly 500 dirhams and are not available in advance. Keep in mind that this is a lengthy road. The bus ride between Marrakech and Dakhla is around 1,400 kilometers long and takes at least 24 hours. Or use this agency *Imagine Morocco*

Guillermo López  -   Dajla, un lugar especial para hacer turismo
Guillermo López - Dakhla, a special place for tourism

Automobile Traveling

If you want to enjoy a memorable road trip, consider this route. The journey will take at least two days, with a break in between. It is also to be anticipated that you will be stopped by police many times along the road, so observe all traffic regulations and be prepared for this. You should also avoid driving at night since there are no lights and you might collide with a camel crossing the road.

The Best Attractions in Dakhla

Dakhla didn't seem to have much to offer at first sight, but we ran out of time to see it all!

Dakhla kitesurfing

There are several hotels and resorts in the region that provide kite surf programs. There are also other outfitters that just provide kite surfing equipment and transportation to kite surfing locations.

There is something for everyone, whether you are a novice or an experienced player. Look for package offers that include lodging, a board, and equipment to save money on kitesurfing. We could take 8 hours of kite surfing lessons for 300€, or roughly 80€ per hour, if we didn't want the package.

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Blanche Dunes

So I wasn't sure about it, but we were informed we couldn't avoid it. It is essentially a massive sand dune in the center of a lagoon. As the tide goes out, the water recedes, revealing a huge length of land. The tide encircles the dune but only reaches a certain height. This site is famous, many tourists do the 4 days desert tour from Marrakech to see it.

It's both strange and intriguing! This is a fantastic place to watch migrating birds, and kite surfers use it as a jumping-off point into the lake when the tide is high. I could imagine it being enjoyable to use as a natural slide if the water level was high enough!

Imlil: This is one of the oddest things I've ever seen. The Imlili Desert is located around 100 kilometers south of Dakhla. There are 160 natural saltwater ponds known as Sebkhas in the center of this dry terrain. Additionally, these water holes are home to little saltwater fish.

There are also freshwater wells nearby, which attract herders and wild animals. It's both strange and fascinating to witness. The ocean is just around 20 kilometers away, and there are numerous excellent beaches to explore before returning to the city.

The Sahraoui tea

If you succeed, every tourist in the area should enjoy this experience. Saharawi tea is made and consumed in a unique manner. It takes a LOT of pouring and 3-4 cups of tea, each of which has a slightly distinct flavor. This was one of my favorite hobbies since it provided me with cultural exposure. Expect a lengthy operation; I think it took more than an hour!

Visit the Dakhla Souk: Unlike Marrakech, there is a little souk in Dakhla that you should visit. This city offers a significantly broader range of things for purchase than other places. Among the items I purchased were melhfa cloth (lightweight wraps used by Saharawi women), Saharawi loose tea, acacia sap for sweetening tea, and el Aych, a kind of grain/cereal popular in the region. I wish we could have stayed for a longer period of time!

Oyster farms in Dakhla

Oysters are one of the region's most important exports, mostly to Europe, but local growers are working to increase Moroccan interest in this delicacy. The location makes sense; since the lagoon is a protected area, the water and surrounding environment are exceedingly clean.

All harvesting is done by hand, with great care made to safeguard the oysters' safety. We went in the morning and afternoon, and we saw employees collecting and inspecting the oysters in the morning, but by the afternoon, the water had risen and they were fully submerged.

Guillermo López. Dajla, destino mundial para el kitesurf
Guillermo López - Dakhla, a world kitesurfing destination

The ostrich family's farm

This farm must have a name, but I'm not sure what it is! We arrived for a quick look at these strange birds, which are grown and either exported alive or utilized for meat in high-end restaurants. I wouldn't stay long, but for 10dh per person and if you can catch it while it's open (like with many things in Dakhla, scheduling seem to be erratic), it's worth a stop on your way in.

You're interested in Dakhla Beach. So here's the scenario. Yes, Dakhla has some lovely beaches. There is also a strong breeze. So I wouldn't come here if all I wanted to do was lie on the beach and tan — you'll be covered in sand. Sorry!

In Dakhla, where should I eat?

Staying at a kitesurf hotel will almost certainly be all-inclusive. Because it's quite a distance and most resorts aren't really close to anything, this is a good alternative if you don't have transportation in and out of town. However, the cuisine may get monotonous after a while. In such circumstances, here are a few suggestions for locations we enjoyed!

Asian Dakhla Westpoint BEWOK

If you make a reservation, you will be able to enter this restaurant. It features Asian cuisine, which is refreshing if you're weary of the same old stuff, and the sushi is delicious!

Ntifi

This is a little eatery in Dakhla's core. Our driver dropped us off here for Friday couscous, and it's definitely a local hotspot. Everyone that ate here was from the neighborhood! The owner and his wife were very involved, and his Fassi wife is in charge of the kitchen. On Fridays, they serve couscous, but on other days, they serve R'fissa or B'stila! They could have cooked us camel couscous if we had ordered the day before, but alas. Instead, our driver went down the street and came back with some grilled camel skewers. Moroccan cuisine is both delicious and authentic.

Talhamar

This is the oyster farm's restaurant. Fresh or grilled oysters are available, as well as a range of other seafood. Our favorite dish was the octopus tajine, which was perfectly prepared and not chewy at all. What's available changes with the seasons; I recently missed out on lobster. The raw oysters are just 4dh, while the tajine is 40dh. The prices are quite affordable! However, there is one word of warning: there is no restroom, so plan accordingly!

One of the most popular misconceptions about eating in this region is that they eat a lot of camel meat. They don't, as it turns out. No matter how hard we searched, we couldn't locate a camel. Camels seem to be more valuable alive than dead down here in the north.