Whether or not you like to surf, it’s worth paying a visit just to watch the surfers perform.

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An especially charming beach

The Moroccan surfing capital of Mehdiya, just 30 minutes from Rabat, offers a startling taste of the unique eclecticism of the Kéntira region. Mehdiya beach is situated four miles from the centre (you’ll need a taxi to get there) and is definitely worth a visit if you’re a fan of surfing, its perfect sea conditions making it abuzz with surfboards and skilful acrobatics throughout the year. Another major attraction is the ancient and picturesque kasbah-fortress of Mehdiya, originally known as Mamora, perched high upon the headland with impressive views over the Sebou River estuary. Apparently, the story of Kentira Province dates back firstly to the Phoenicians, followed by the Romans, Almohads, and even includes a period of Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century, before finally being taken over by the Moroccans. Some of Mehdiya’s main highlights are its restaurants, terraces and nightspots.

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