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6 Campsites for Your Summer Bus Adventure

Whether you live in Morocco and are planning a summer camper adventure or are crossing the Mediterranean from Europe in your camper to enjoy the golden beaches and vibrant Moroccan summer, this list of 6 campsites has what you’re looking for.

Curated based on stunning views and recommendations from seasoned vanlifers, this list highlights campsites near popular tourist destinations.

1. First stop: Asilah

Asilah, a charming coastal town just 31 km south of Tangier, welcomes those arriving from the port of Tangier Med. This picturesque town features a fortified old medina overlooking a beautiful beach.

Steeped in history, Asilah was once under Portuguese and Spanish rule in the 15th and 17th centuries respectively. But history isn’t all it has to offer: the town’s beach is a big draw.

For vanlifers and campers, Camping Echrigui, located directly on the beach, offers a convenient overnight (or longer) stay. This simple campsite offers essential amenities like toilets, showers, fresh water, and gray and black water disposal, as noted by Away With The Steiner, a New Zealand family who tested the waters (literally) at Camping Echrigui.

The prices are budget-friendly: 20 dirhams per person, 30 dirhams for the van and 8 dirhams per child. Although some reviews mention that the site can get muddy during the rainy season, most praise its excellent location near the medina, beach and mini market.

Outside the campsite, explore the old medina with its bustling market full of local crafts. History buffs can visit the palace of Ahmed Raissouni, an early 20th century Moroccan figure known as a bandit or the last of the Barbary pirates. He gained notoriety for kidnapping an American citizen in Tangier, leading to the episode “Pericaris Alive OR Raisuli Dead.”

Outside the medina lies another gem: the Church of San Bartolome, a beautiful Roman Catholic church built by Spanish Franciscans in 1925, combining Spanish colonial and Moorish architectural styles.

2. Mohammedia: Beachside bliss with city access

As we drive further south, we reach another beach paradise: Mohammedia. Located between the bustling cities of Rabat and Casablanca, Mohammedia offers the perfect mix of beachside relaxation and city excitement.

Formerly known as Fedala until the 1960s, this port city has a rich history. Founded in 1773 by Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah, it served as the grain store of Tamasna province and housed a bustling kasbah for shops and traders.

Mohammedia is a paradise for beach bums and seafood lovers. Vanlifers can rest easy at Camping Ocean Bleu, a campsite with stunning views of the coast. Away With The Steiner, a New Zealand family who enjoyed their stay, reports that the campsite offers clean toilets, hot showers, all camper services, fresh bread delivered daily and even a washing machine (for 50 dirham) for added convenience.

The price per night is 80 dirhams for the van, with 20 dirhams extra for electricity and 10 dirhams per child. The campsite also has a swimming pool and a range of beach activities such as fishing, windsurfing, water skiing, surfing and sailing.

Feeling a little adventurous? Take a day trip to nearby Casablanca or Rabat and admire iconic landmarks such as the Hassan II Mosque, Hassan Tower or the Mausoleum in the capital.

3. Oualidia: a lagoon paradise for surfers and foodies

Then the charming coastal town of Oualidia awaits. Located between El Jadida and Safi along the Atlantic coast, Oualidia boasts a unique treasure: a protected natural lagoon.

Famous for its delicious seafood, especially oysters (earning it the nickname “Morocco’s Oyster Capital”), Oualidia offers a refreshing blend of cool breezes, rolling hills and scenic beauty. Laguna Park, the town’s campground, sits atop a hill overlooking the beach.

Although slightly more expensive (110 dirhams for the van and two adults, plus 20 dirhams for electricity and 30 dirhams per child), the breathtaking view is definitely worth it. Campers also appreciate the convenient washing machine facilities.

Oualidia is a surfer’s paradise with its wind-whipped waves. Explore the lagoon by sailing to the beach before high tide for a unique experience. No visit is complete without a visit to the famous Oualidia Caves, a must-see for most visitors.

If you’re looking for variety, explore nearby beaches such as Sidi Bouzid near El Jadida, or Cap Beddouza, a charming spot halfway between Safi and Oualidia, ideal for fishing, hiking and caving.

For a touch of festivity, head to Moulay Abdellah, another beach destination known for its annual summer festival featuring Tbourida (traditional Moroccan equestrian performances), live music shows and a lively local market.

4. Essaouira: where history, beaches and music come together

A fascinating city on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira offers a trifecta of delights: beautiful beaches, a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant music scene. The city is steeped in history and bustling with life, with beautiful beaches and the annual Gnaoua Festival, a celebration of the city’s unique genre of music.

For vanlifers and campers, Camping Oliviers in Ounagha offers a comfortable oasis, just 15 kilometers from the center of Essaouira. The site offers a peaceful retreat with drier weather reminiscent of Marrakech, perfect for Essaouira’s cooler, windier months.

The cost to park your van overnight is 100 dirhams for the vehicle and two adults. Electricity costs 20 dirhams extra and children cost 40 dirhams per person.

In addition to basic facilities such as showers and toilets, the campsite has a swimming pool and a playground for children.

Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture at Had Draa Market, a lively local gathering just 6 kilometers away.

Fancy an adventure? Head to Sidi Kaouki, a paradise for surfers and windsurfers, just a short distance from Essaouira. This village is suitable for all water and wind lovers with a variety of extreme sports.

5. Taghazout: Berber charm

North of Agadir lies Taghazout, a Berber village that ticks all the boxes for van travelers: breathtaking sea views, majestic mountains, delicious local cuisine and endless sunshine.

This coastal port is a must-stop for surfers, beginners and veterans alike. The local and international surfing community thrives here. Camping Terre d’Ocean offers a convenient location for campers. The price per night is 110 dirhams for the camper, with an additional 30 dirhams per child and electricity.

The campsite has facilities essential for vanlifers, including showers, toilets, a washing machine and an on-site restaurant. While the breathtaking ocean views are a big draw, the campsite can get crowded, as noted by Away With The Steiner, a New Zealand family who noted that many campers, especially those owned by retirees, tend to stay for extended periods of time to remain parked.

Surfing is not the only attraction in Taghazout. Enjoy fresh seafood as you watch the sunset from the charming coastal road. Explore the local markets selling argan oil, amlou (a delicious almond and argan oil paste) and handmade souvenirs.

In addition to surfing, Taghazout boasts a new skate park and close proximity to several secluded beaches. Yoga enthusiasts can also find their zen here. For a refreshing day trip, travel 21 miles to Paradise Valley, where you can swim in the natural pools along the Tamraght River.

6. Boujdour: A tranquil escape with ocean views

Further south we reach Boujdour, a town steeped in history that started as a humble fishing village around the iconic Cape Boujdour lighthouse.

Campers in Boujdour can find an oasis of peace at Camping Sahara Line de Boujdour. This budget-friendly campsite offers an overnight stay for just 65 dirhams, with the added bonus of breathtaking ocean views.

The Steiners praised the campsite in their review, highlighting the “safe and sheltered car park with very clean bathrooms and showers and plenty of space to wash and hang laundry”. Other campers mentioned the convenient location right on the sea with 60 pitches, perfect for pitching a tent, parking a caravan or setting up your camper.

Boujdour’s historic landmark, the Cape Boujdour Lighthouse, proudly stands as a testament to the city’s past.

On your trip to Boujdour you may have passed through Tarfaya, home to the fascinating historical monument Casamar. Also known as the Port Victoria and Mackenzie Factory, this coastal fort dates back to 1882. Casamar was built by Donald McKenzie, founder of the British North West Africa Company, and served as a trading post for commercial caravans traveling between Timbuktu and Oued Noun.

Boujdour’s ideal location makes it the perfect halfway point between Laayoune and Dakhla, another captivating beach destination for vanlifers to explore.