Sidi Ifni Travel Guide

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    Sidi Ifni beach
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Sidi Ifni Things to Do

  • Elsewhere in old Sidi Ifni

    Aside from the main buildings described in other tips, Sidi Ifni has several other beautiful buildings in various states of dilapidation, and it is worth just having a wander through some of the less touristy streets. You'll come across the occasional little square or elegant stairway, colourful fountains or tiled benches, hinting at the town's not...

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  • The new port and south beach

    A tarmac road winds its way down the cliffs some distance south of the town, but you can reach the port by clambering through the ruins of the old Spanish port as described in the tip above. However, once there, you need a reason to enter the actual harbour and look at the boats, a shame as it was a busy little place with very colourful fishing...

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  • Old Port and Cablecar

    On my first night, as the sun was setting, I headed down to the beach for some "red sky at night" shots, and in the distance, caught sight of a strange tower marooned out to sea to the south, and wondered what on earth it could be. It turned out to be the remains of the Spanish port. Due to rough seas, ships weren't able to come too close to shore,...

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  • The beach

    At low tide, it is hardly the best beach in the world, just a very narrow strip of sand with rocks and pebbles at the back, a long line of caravans and campervans wedged between this and the cliffs. But once the tide goes out, you're left with a wide, wild and for the most part deserted sandy beach stretching for miles in both directions. The wind...

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  • Art Deco Mosque

    Probably my favourite building in Sidi Ifni was this little mosque, whitewashed with blue patterns on its minaret. Mosques are off-limits to non-Muslims, so I have no idea if the inside is as special as the outside, but it must have been wash day when I took my photos, as the prayer mats were hanging out to dry from an upstairs window.

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  • Hotel Suerte Loca

    It seems odd to include a hotel that I didn't even stay at as one of my tips, but the Suerte Loca is a local institution in such a distinctive blue and white building, it would be even odder not to include it. Not just a hotel, this place has a very good cafe and restaurant, popular with tourists as well as locals, and the owners are very friendly...

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  • The Lighthouse

    I thought this was a mosque at first, as it looks just like a minaret. But no...it is a lighthouse, and a very photogenic one at that! Two guys had clambered up the tower and were in the process of painting the lighthouse white, but as the sun began to set, what they'd painted took on a golden hue. You can't enter the lighthouse, but you can walk...

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  • Building shaped like a Ship

    At the bottom of the clifftop walk, there's a very odd building in the shape of a ship, its stern pointing out to sea with portholes for windows. Under Spanish rule, this used to be the naval secretariat, but is now derelict...the only signs of life were some wetsuits hanging off a washing line attached to the flagpole, hinting that this might be...

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  • Clifftop promenade

    Nightlife in Sidi Ifni is very laid back, and the most popular thing to do seems to be walk up and down the walkway from the Spanish Consulate to the building shaped like a ship. During the day, it's a quiet and windblown walk, with a couple of cafes spilling out onto the promenade, but late afternoon people begin to congregate in small groups to...

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  • Law Courts/Former Church

    This is now the town's courthouse, so you can't go inside, which is a shame, as it used to be a church...easily spotted by its square belltower. I'm not sure if I was supposed to photograph this building or not, but nobody came out and told me off, so I assume its fine...

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  • Spanish Consulate

    It might be Spanish, which isn't unusual in Sidi Ifni, but the Spanish Consulate does seem a little out of place here, built in a style completely different to the rest of the town. Once upon a time, it must have been a white mansion, but the paint has yellowed over time, and now the mansion stands empty in a very enviable position overlooking the...

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  • Plaza de Espana

    As its name suggests, this was the centre of the old Spanish enclave, a circular plaza with palm trees and a broken fountain as its centrepiece. It is crying out for a bit of attention, as the benches and fountain are decorated with colourful Spanish tiles. Officially, it has been renamed Place Hassan II after the Moroccan king, but hopefully that...

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  • Guelmine

    If you are thinking of driving out there for the camels, then forget it - I didn't see a single one, and I've heard that the "camel market" is nowadays just a dismal little affair arranged for the tourists - but if it's scenery you want, then yes, definitely. The drive out there is wonderful. It takes about an hour and a half, and there's a new...

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  • The post office area

    The area round round the Suerte Loca and the Plaza d'Espana (spelling?) seemed a bit dead when I was there (in December), and the occasional pieces of 30's Spanish architecture didn't really ciompensate. (The reason why everyone photographs that Naval Secretariat is that it's practically the only thing in town of all the reported Art Deco...

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  • Colonial days gone by

    This is the former Spanish Consulate, now lying empty, crumbling and unused. It's still an attractive building though and you can have a peek inside at the decaying interior. It's another of the interesting buildings encircling Place Hassan II

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  • The Town Hall

    L’Hotel de Ville - one of the few of these “must-sees” that you can actually go inside. Although as there's only a few notice boards and a sleeping security guard there’s not really a lot of point!Oh well, again it's a very attractive building, especially at night when its dimly illuminated.

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  • The Port

    Ports are often high security restricted areas, but Sidi Ifni is way too relaxed for all that security stuff. You can walk right in and wander around. There are lots of fishing boats and it’s most interesting just before sunset when the fishermen come in with their daily catch.

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  • The Boathouse

    "The world famous house that looks like a boat”What, you haven't heard of it? Well that's how it's described on a Sidi Ifni noticeboard! It even faces out to sea.There's a family living in it and they must get a bit fed up with everyone taking photos but just in case its fame hasn't reached your attention before, this is a picture of it!

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  • The Church

    Most of the following 'must sees' are just interesting buildings and sights. You can't actually go in them or explore them - they're just for looking. For me the appeal of Sidi Ifni lies in its character and people - there's not really a lot to see! This is the present day town Law Courts – as you can probably tell it used to be a church back in...

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  • Graffiti

    Walls all around Ifni are covered in brightly coloured graffiti and art murals. Most are just cartoons and fancy patterns, but this one of the African continent was my favourite. Even most of the graffiti generally keeps to the blue and white colour scheme of the town and it seems to enhance its artistic and bohemian feel.

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  • A peaceful coastal town

    We went to Sidi Ifni from Guelmin. There is such a contrast between both cities. Not only the colours are different : Guelmin is ochre and Sidi Ifni is white and blue. But also the architecture : art deco in Sidi Ifni with a strong Spanish influence (Sidi Ifni was once under Spanish control). The atmosphere is also quite different. Sidi Ifni is...

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Sidi Ifni Restaurants

  • Grills at the market

    I don't like dining alone, especially in formal restaurants, so a cheap cafe with quick service is ideal for me. Around the market area are several outdoor grill stalls, where you can get bits of meat and seafood grilled to order...it helps if you know the Arabic or French for offal, unless you like surprises! Anyway, some of these grills had...

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  • Good meal, good price.

    We stayed at Suerte Loca but thought the food mediocre and at the top end of budget pricing. At Biz Art, down a side street of Avenue Mohamed V, about 4 or 5 streets down from the post office, we had a tasty beautifully presented full meal for 45 dms. As with most places in Sidi Ifni you must order a few hours in advance. I did that but went back...

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  • Fast, cheap and lots of it!

    Most restaurants in Ifni like you to order well in advance. If you're in a hurry a good place to go is the row of cafes and shops on Avenue Hassan II, by the old airstrip. They serve cheap fast food - roast chicken and chips and such like. For a couple of dollars I was given a plate of tuna, salad, onions, a bowl full of fresh fries, half a roast...

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Sidi Ifni Nightlife

  • Eating and drinking

    Bars and restaurants mentioned in other sections are good places to hang out in the evenings. The restaurants at Cafe Nomad and Hotel Suerte Loca are often at their best later in the evenings (after 8pm) - candlelight, good music, good company, good food. The bar at the Hotel Bellevue is worth a try, although the one at Hotel Ait Baamrane is...

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  • The town comes alive...

    Sidi Ifni is not a very lively town. However at night-time people do come alive a bit and parts of the town become a bit more vibrant, particularly around the southern end of Avenue Mohammed V and the old airstrip. Food stalls are set up, football matches are turned on the tea shop TVs, and there’s a night market selling clothes and music. There's...

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Sidi Ifni Transportation

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    by maykal Written Jan 3, 2011

    Shared taxis and the occasional bus leave from a small depot hidden in the backstreets some distance from the seafront. I arrived from Inezgane (a large market town between Agadir and it's airport, with good transport connections) in about 4 hours, which took the scenic route through Massa, Plage d'Aglou and Mirhleft, all on a coastal route, spectacular in parts. Sidi Ifni wasn't the most popular route, and my fellow passengers had all been waiting a while for a sixth person (i.e. me) to turn up. Likewise, heading south from Sidi Ifni was time consuming. I was heading to Smara, so that meant changing at Goulimime and again at Tan Tan...but wait long enough and something will happen, either another passenger will roll up or you'll come to an agreement with the driver over how much the empty seats will cost.

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Sidi Ifni Sports & Outdoors

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    by mafi_moya Updated Jul 14, 2004

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    Sidi Ifni is very popular with elderly French tourists who drive their camper vans down from Europe. You'll often see them playing boules on the old airstrip to the south of the main town, much to the fascination of the local kids. A few locals also join in sometimes and it can get quite lively at times as they all take it extremely seriously, especially the women!

    Did I really just say 'bowls' and 'lively' in the same sentence? I told you this town was laid back!

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Sidi Ifni Favorites

  • VT and a good guidebook to choose where...

    I wouldnt travel independently to or around Morocco without at least one good guide book - Id recommend the latest edition of the Footprints guide or the Lonely Planet - and Id have thought youd be reading it by now - but there is 2 months yet - if you get one of these and have a read they will have a selection of accommodation with info for you...

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  • Cuartel de Tiradores

    Sidi Ifni Shooters Headquarters As in other places of the former Western Spanish Africa the most important buildings were militar ones. In the former territory of Ifni as in the Western Sahara you can find a lot of fortresses, headquarters and other militar buildings.

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