The wild beauty of the Arches of Legzira
Here is a must visit south of Agadir : the Arches of Legzira. This unparalleled wild beauty was given to Morocco by the ocean. At low tide, a stroll along the coast towards these impressive and mysterious gates is an invigorating journey. However, avoid the crowds in July and August!
This sublime place can be reached from the Jardin aux Etoiles as part of a one-day visit including, for example, a visit to the village of Sidi Ifni, a former Spanish enclave which was not returned to the Kingdom until 13 years after the Moroccan independence in 1956.
By the city of Tiznit
Leaving early in the morning is prudent! It takes two and a half hours to reach the Arches of Legzira . The roads leading there are rolling. A new express artery is in operation until the crossing of the Wadi Massa and its extension to Tiznit is underway.
From the center of this Berber city surrounded by walls, the motorist has two possibilities: either to go through Aglou, which represents a small detour but offers the traveler magnificent landscapes, a little above the ocean, or to take the road , more direct that connects Tiznit to Mirleft.
On return, we prefer in all cases the latter solution, in order to save time.
Red earth and agglomerated pebbles
Very jagged by the Atlantic, the coast offers spectacular views, made of rocks, secret beaches and moors populated with succulents, sometimes euphorbias. These shores include many wild beaches and are among the most incredible in Morocco.
When, past Mirleft, we take the road to Sidi Ifni in a southerly direction, until recently we came face to face in front of the Arches de Legzira. A few years and a holiday village later, the layout of the place was changed. You must now take the path that leads to this tourist enclave, before descending a rather perilous slope, to finally end up in a small car park (paying).
In Legzira, good-natured tourism welcomes visitors for an afternoon. There are a few cafes and shops dedicated to surfing, favored by the powerful currents.
At low tide, the walk along the beach towards the superb rocks offers a good hour of marine scenery. It allows you to cross these immense arches, which you can see up close that they are made of red earth and agglomerated pebbles. The ocean works, but it does not, or hardly at all.
The collapsed arch does not change the beauty and interest of Legzira
A second arch, more indented, and further away, collapsed in September 2016 . The media coverage of this event made believe that the beauty and interest of the site had disappeared.
In reality, if it is regrettable, this disappearance in no way altered the quality of this walk along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world . And the arch that visitors admire as they pass under its dome is still there, majestic and proud. Others follow, much further.
A traditional village barely reached by tourism
In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.
The village of Mirleft is grouped around its mosque. It is a traditional village, hardly reached by tourism, which contrasts with the new district a little bling-bling of the villas located on the edge of the ocean. The Arabic telephone will inform you that Claude Chirac would be one of the owners.
Mirleft is therefore a seaside resort which, according to European standards, we will say is starting up, as evidenc