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“Gnaoua Music Festival--Festival D'Essaouira Gnaoua Musiques du Monde” 5 of 5 stars
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Explora Morocco
No. 2 Place Chrib Atay (El Khaima) | Rue Laalouj, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Ranked #4 of 67 Activities in Essaouira
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Owner description: Explora is an kite & surf shop and adventure centre. We are lucky to have two centres in Essaouira, one in the old town and one located opposite the beach. We specialise in Kite surfing, Surfing, Horse riding and Quad Biking, but can also provide you with many other adventures through our local expert partners Your experience is at the heart of what we do, we are here to ensure you have a great time.
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“Gnaoua Music Festival--Festival D'Essaouira Gnaoua Musiques du Monde”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This annual festival in late June presents the lively music of the people of the region, the Gnaouans. This devotional music is a blend of Berber and sub-Saharan voices, rhythm, and dance. It's a professionally produced festival with stages complete with lighting and video screens on the beach and in the medina and in smaller venues throughout this beautiful seacoast town. The town fills with mostly Moroccan people and their families along with many visitors from all over Africa and Europe. Everyone mingles, dancing all the time to the wonderful rhythms of groups from Morocco, other African countries, and European-based Ganaou-rock fusion bands. Hotels and good food abound in this fishing port/travel destination 4 hours south of Casablanca.

Visited June 2012
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Salzburg, Austria
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“Great service and brilliant kite lessions!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

perfect service through were friendly and helpful guys (nasser, sara and their team)! great lessions (with our great teacher aritz) with a lot of fun and very fast progression! the school also organized our accomodation and a nice team dinner during the week! very professional and high qualitative service!! thanks for the great time!!
we´ll definitely come back!
Philipp & Eva

Visited August 2012
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“Brilliant surf lessons-definitely recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We have just returned from our holiday in Essaouira, where we took surf lessons with Explora. They were a brilliant company to go with, the staff being really enthusiastic, friendly and helpful and the standard of the lessons was really great. We originally booked in for a group 6 hour lesson, and split it over 3 days, although we ended up having a few more lessons on top, as they were so good. They were really flexible, fitting us in when we wanted, and even on the first day, when there were no others to join us, instead of cancelling/delaying they gave us a private lesson (without any additional cost), which was really good of them. Prior to going we had had a couple of lessons in the UK, but the technique Explora taught us was much better than we had previously been taught. By the end of the week we were still only surfing in the white wash, but we felt like we progressed a lot in a short period of time, and by the end of the week felt much more confident.

The hire set up was also good, with a half day being 4 hours, which you can split up (as long as you return your board in between). This was really good for us where 4 hours in one go was a bit much. We were able to do a couple of hours, then come back, grab something to eat in the place 2 doors down and then go back out.

Thanks Sara and the rest of the team for a great surf experience in Essaouira!

Visited October 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Learning to Kitesurf? Learn here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Great set up, lovely team, Sara and the guys were fantastic, there was no pressure to spend any money, can't wait to go back.

Visited October 2012
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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“really nice surfschool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I'm a experienced kitersurfer and just needed to rent a locker next to the beach to keep my stuff there while I'm on the water. You really need this in Morocco because otherwise you're stuff gets stolen from the beach while you're riding... So I checked the 3 kite schools which are at the end of the boulevard. I noticed it quite quickly: Explora is really the best surf school in Essaouira. The school is located at the end of the beach and very close to the Medina. The other 2 surf schools at the beach are really NOT nice (aggressive instructors or the prices are extremely high). A free thee in the morning is what you get almost every day. Next to the school is a little cafe where I usually went to sit down and relax until all the students where gone. Then you have enough space to build up your kite en walk to the shore. The only thing i didn't like is that when the boss is gone, they close the school pretty early! I took a one day strapless clinic which was worth the money! Really nice instructors and really good material as well! The boss is the nicest person in the world and is willing to arrange everything with you. They also invite you to the world famous "team dinner". Curious: just go and check it in Essaouira!

Visited July 2012
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