View from the top of the cliffs in Morocco on our riding holiday
Splashing in the water Morocco
yet more bech riding in Morocco
Posing at the end of another wonderful beach
Riding along the beach in Morocco
In the water! Riding in Morocco
Riding through a village along the coast in Morocco
our group riding the sand dunes in Morocco
Riding past teh fishing boats in Morocco
Cantering along the sand near Agadir, Morocco
Canter on the beach in Morocco
Village in Morocco

In the south of Morocco this Hacienda style ranch offers fantastic riding for confident riders, including exciting beach riding. Explore the rugged coastline, wide sandy beaches and local Berber culture as you meander through small fishing villages all on pure bred fit and lively Arabs and Barb Arabs. Even in the middle of the summer the temperatures remain pleasant for riding with the fresh ocean breezes.

Nestled between the wild and beautiful Atlantic Coast (just 300 metres away) and the lesser Atlas mountains, the ranch has eight en-suite guest rooms that overlook the stables, the terraced flower gardens or the ocean. The ranch has all the modern facilities whilst retaining its Moroccan charm, meals are regional in flavour and a well being option gives riders the chance to relax with a different treatment each day in the beauty salon.

The welcome from the French speaking hosts is as warm as the weather in this superb all year round riding destination, suitable for families, non riders and solo travellers alike.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from SB of Sandymount on 01/01/2018

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The stationary programme on the beach is entirely flexible and depends on the level and expectations of the riders.

You will be met from Agadir airport and transferred to the ranch, a journey of approximately two hours.

On arrival you will be shown to your room and, if there is time, there will be an introductory ride to familiarise yourself with the horses and a chance for the experienced guides to assess your riding ability and discuss your programme with you.

A dinner boasting some Moroccan specialities, prepared by the ranches exceptional chef Hamid, will be served before you retire for the night. Accommodation is in double or twin rooms set around a central courtyard, all en suite.

Each day breakfast is served around 08:00 and it's down to the stables to prepare the horses. Riders are encouraged to help with the grooming and tacking up of the horses but help is at hand for those less familiar and who are keen to learn the basics of horse management. Riders can choose between riding in the outdoor arena or a ride out in the local area before returning to the ranch for a typical Moroccan lunch. After a rest the horses are saddled up once again in preparation for a two to three hour trail ride. Perhaps a fast beach ride along the 18km coastline for experienced riders or a gentler meander for those with less experience; visiting local Berber villages or a ride along the cliff tops.

A whole day ride with a picnic barbeque is also possible for those who wish to explore further afield.

There is no on-site swimming pool, but there is a swimming pool on the way to the beach (around 300yds away).

As well as the based programme there are 2 mini trails of 3 days available:
Beach and 3 day Coastal mini trail - available from March to October
Beach and 3 day Mountain mini trail - available from October to June

Please note that French is the primary language at the ranch. Most staff speak some English, but a reasonable understanding of French is recommended to make the most of your stay here.

The availability and timing of beach rides are affected by the tides. The stationary programme can be confirmed for one rider while trails need a minimum of 2 to confirm. If the trail is not confirmed at the departure date the ride will be converted to a stationary programme and the price difference refunded.

** Please note that guests riding ability will be assessed before they are allowed to ride on the beach for safety reasons.

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The ranch has 15 horses, most are pureblood Arab and Barb Arabs. Unusually for Morocco there are no stallions, just mares and geldings. The horses are fit and forward going but there are a few quieter horses available.


Arabs are famed for their endurance capabilites and are capable of all paces for long distances. Around four hours per day are spent on horseback depending on the programme that you have chosen.

Rider requirements

Riders must be confident and secure at all paces and have experience of riding out. The horses are lively and forward going and some are of a young age. For outrides and beach riding you should be comfortable both sitting and standing at all paces (rising in trot)

There is a weight limit of 90 kgs.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 14 st/198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Built in the Hacienda style, there are eight colourful guest rooms, suitable for twin or double occupancy, each with its own shower. Some overlook the ocean, whilst others offer views of the stables or the impeccably kept grounds, abound with flowers that perfume the air.


Meals are a sociable affair and are usually taken in the living room or on the terrace overlooking the stables and the outdoor arena. The local chef, Hamid, will delight you with Moroccan specialities throughout you time at the ranch and perhaps delight you even more with his banjo playing! There is no on-site swimming pool but en-route to the beach (about 300 yards) there is a swimming pool.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

A valid passport is required for travel to Morocco. Visas are not required for U.K. or other European nationals at the time of going to print. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 0207 008 0232/0233.

The Honorary British Consulate in Marrakesh is at: 55 Boulevard Zerktouni, Residence Taib, tel: (212) (44) 435095.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morrocco in the U.K is at 49 Queen's Gate Gardens, London SW7 5NE. Telephone: (020) 7581 5001/4. Email: mail@sifamaldn.org.

Climate Summary

The weather is ideal all year round because of the oceans influence, it is rarely hotter than 35 degrees in the height of summer and not too cold during the winter however, it is advisable to bring a warm pullover, the nights can be fresh.
Even though south of Morocco is not famous for its rain, you could be surprised. Take appropriate clothes, especially in November, December and January.

Climate Chart
Health

Please check with your doctor for any vaccinations required. You should take an insect repellent that contains DEET to prevent mosquito bites.
The most common cause of injuries to visitors to Morocco is on the roads, every precaution must be taken when travelling in cars or bikes.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org

Health (ride specific)

There are no compulsory vaccinations required however you are advised to ensure that tetanus vaccination is kept up to date. There are basic first aid facilities and medicines at the Ranch. Please bring along your own medication.

Electricity

Voltage is the same as in the UK (220V or 110V, 50Hz) and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.

Packing List

Jodphurs or seamless trousers comfortable for riding in
Chaps
Riding boots, sturdy trainers or walking shoes with a small heel (not too wide for the the stirrups)
Riding hat (hats can be provided but it's always advisable to take your own)
A sweater or fleece for cooler evenings
At least one T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt to cover up from the sun
A hat, for the same reasons
Protective sunglasses
Water bottle
Toiletries, beach towel and sunscreen with a high index
Personal medication

Flashlight: essential for walking
A sleeping bag if overnight trail riding

Please don't use big hard suitcases as they might not fit in the car boot during your transfer - soft bags would be the most suitable.

Programmes

Programmes are available throughout the year, from three to seven nights.

Departure Dates

2018: Open all year round, dates as required. Any day arrival/departure.

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 2/3 hours riding105
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 4/5 hours riding119
2018 per nightper night1single supplement12
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 2/3 hours riding daily699
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 4/5 hours riding daily795
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement82
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 2-4 riders905
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 5+ riders875
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp:based week with mini mountain trail 2-4 riders859
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini mountain trail 5+ riders829
2018 7 nights8d/7n6non rider sharing 365
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement non rider115
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 2/3 hours riding115
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 4/5 hours riding129
2018 per nightper night1single supplement13
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 2/3 hours riding daily779
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 4/5 hours riding daily885
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement91
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 2-4 riders1,009
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 5+ riders979
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp:based week with mini mountain trail 2-4 riders955
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini mountain trail 5+ riders925
2018 7 nights8d/7n6non rider sharing 405
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement non rider125
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 2/3 hours riding139
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 4/5 hours riding159
2018 per nightper night1single supplement16
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 2/3 hours riding daily945
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 4/5 hours riding daily1,075
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement109
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 2-4 riders1,225
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 5+ riders1,185
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp:based week with mini mountain trail 2-4 riders1,159
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini mountain trail 5+ riders1,125
2018 7 nights8d/7n6non rider sharing 495
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement non rider155
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 2/3 hours riding1,225
2018 per nightper night1double pp based with 4/5 hours riding1,389
2018 per nightper night1single supplement139
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 2/3 hours riding daily8,329
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp based with 4/5 hours riding daily9,439
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement975
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 2-4 riders10,775
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini coastal trail 5+ riders10,439
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp:based week with mini mountain trail 2-4 riders10,219
2018 7 nights8d/7n6double pp: based week with mini mountain trail 5+ riders9,885
2018 7 nights8d/7n6non rider sharing 4,329
2018 7 nights8d/7n6single supplement non rider1,335
Other Activities

Hiking, swimming in the sea, visits to local villages, spa treatments. There is also a swimming pool within walking distance of the ranch which guests can use free of charge.

Other Country Information

The Kingdom of Morocco is on the north-west corner of Africa. Morocco has a history as an independent nation state stretching back to the 9th century interrupted only by the brief interlude of the Protectorate (1912-1956) when the country was divided into French and Spanish zones.

Morocco's cities are bustling and full of life, usually centering around the market place. The muslim country is deeply spiritual and this mysticism is echoed in the dazzling art work found throughout. The power of the evil eye is a potent force for many Moroccans. One way of warding it off is to show the open palm of the hand, fingers pointing upwards. This 'hand of Fatima' (the Prophet's daughter) can frequently be spotted on stickers, painted on doors or as jewellery.

Morocco is on GMT. The international dialling code for Morocco is 212 and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. They are on GMT.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Agadir Airport (AGA)
Transfer:
Included from meeting point. Transfer time is approximately two hours
Flight Guide:
London Gatwick (easyJet), Heathrow (British Airways) or Manchester (Thomson) to Agadir from £80 return. Please see "getting there" for detailed flight information
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