324. Morocco's Most Beautiful Lagoon (Mor 157--new)

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I reach Souk El Arba around 3 in the afternoon.  It looks like a good place to stay the night.  But I don’t want to slow down quite yet.  There’s a village up on the coast that I’d like to check out first.  That way, I’ll have the choice of either staying there, if there’s decent lodging, or coming back here…

OK, I’ll admit it, I overheard from some tourists—the guidebook following kind of tourists—that Moulay Bouselham was a cool place to go to… but I probably would have gone to here anyways…

So I grab another bush taxi and we head off onto one of the most potholed roads in all of Morocco… It takes us a good hour and a half to cover 30 kilometers! 

But when we reach Moulay Bouselham, the first glimpse of the sea was more than worth it…

It isn’t just the sea, it was a gorgeous lagoon far below, with a peninsula on the other side that’s half forest and half sand dune… On one side, is a quaint little port with dozens of colourful fishing boats… on the other, a narrow passage to the open sea…

Yeah, I guess them darn guidebooks do actually get it right sometimes…

I chill for a bit on the large plaza overlooking the lagoon… playing music for some of the local youth… Then I follow the winding stair alley that led down to the water, past quaint little whitewashed homes with the typical blue doors…

Bouselham only has one cheap hotel—and it’s kind of overpriced… I figured I’ll wander around a while first before checking in.

 

Bouselham is quite popular with Moroccans—a lot of vacation home along the coast… a nice little market with lots of little eateries… I head down to the port where I am offer a boat ride to the nearby bird sactuary… I head back up and then down the hill to walk along the beach… Overall, a real gem of a town, and one of Morocco’s best ocean spots…

…But in the end, I decide to be a cheapo and head on back to Souk el Arba for the night… I really would have liked to stick around and take a nice swim in the lagoon…


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