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Sidi Ifni

Friday, February 15, 2013

I liked Sidi Ifni a lot. It was quiet and the beach was just behind the hotel (Suerta Loca) I stayed in. You could view surfers from the rooftop terrace and it all seemed so relaxed and laid back. This is one location I could happily spend time in, but I really must get on my way and reach the Mauritanian border before my visa dates start pressing.

Backpacker Central. A great budget hotel – with Wifi!

Sidi Ifni is a popular spot with the european camper-vans and there are numerous large campsites which cater for them. This one alongside the beach was just below our hotel.

The large campsite backing onto the beach.

The beach was a nice mixture of shingle and sand and kept nice and clean. While it was quiet while I was here, this is not really a tourist resort so you’re never going to be overrun with tourists or struggling to find a nice spot on the beaches.

Nice quiet beaches, Sidi Ifni.

It was fun to watch the surfers doing their stuff, from the very basic beginners to the more experienced guides, their always seems to be someone enjoying the surf. If I returned here, I would certainly be having a go myself.

Surfing at Sidi Ifni

Eels in the local fish market.

I didn’t have too much time to plan this trip and when I decided I was going to do Morocco I spent as much time as I could researching on the internet. One name kept cropping up on all the forum’s and there was no doubt that Tim Cullis was the best source of information for travellers to Morocco, having travelled here himself since 1972, speaks Arabic, and is currently writing a book on Morocco. I did wonder if by spending an extended period here myself whether I would ‘run’ into Tim, and I was gobsmacked when I met the man himself here in Sidi Ifni.

The amazing Mr Tim Cullis!

Tim offloaded so much kit on me I was embarrassed not to have anything to give myself – other than the digital movies we exchanged. What an amazing font of knowledge, as we wandered around the town he explained some of the history, customs and language to use on a daily basis. Sharing company (and meals) was pretty special and I now have a full route (digital maps and guide) to get me to Dakar. This knowledge is priceless to me.

Tim can be found on a wide selection of African forums, but he is most active on the Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor websites where travelers make use of his vast experience of his trips over here.

The suntan is coming along nicely!

And so I leave Sidi Ifni reluctantly, as I would like to have stayed on a little longer. However I’m feeling stronger, the chest is easing nicely and the coughing has all but gone, so with care I hope to make a full recovery. More later…


Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Video of Derek leaving Sidi Ifni at

Andrew Marsh
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Another brilliant glimpse of your life “in transit” so to say.
Keep on keeping om, Derek.

Maggie Gaestel
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Enjoying your trip so much. Would love to see a map of your places visited so far. I would like to see your trail on a map. Keep safe and again, I am enjoying your trip.

    Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Peggieday,

    I’ll see if I can knock up a complete map of my travels – been meaning to do this so thanks for the feedback.


john dunkley
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi Derek

We were in Sidi Ifni 5 – 12.2.13, really sorry that we missed you.

I will be following your adventure with considerable interest

Are you familiar with

Very best wishes

John Dunkley

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