Saturday, 29 August 2015

Mirleft Ocean Break and Project Soar

We hit the roads once again, this time to go to the small coastal town of Mirleft in the south of Morocco, to catch some waves and the Atlantic ocean breeze. This trip was actually combining vacation and work since we decided to get deeper involved with the charity organization Project Soar. We packed our cars and off we went, the Mirleft-band: 2 Swedes, 2 Americans, 2 teenagers and 2 dogs.
The Mirleft-band: Patrick, Per, Chris, Skylar, Maryam & Tristan

Mirleft is a very small town with excellent beaches and a nice micro climate.
The main beach in Mirleft
Endless summer
Our ocean front villa
These dramatic cliffs outside our villa attract the locals in the sunset, we don't know if it was for meditation or religious reasons but they came in big numbers every night.

The weather in Mirleft was great, around 25-28c, sun and a nice breeze from the ocean. We rented a very spacious villa with the most amazing ocean front location. It features 3 terraces, a small pool, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and big salon/dining room. We were super happy and really loved this house.

Our home for a week, this beautiful house

A pool with a view
We got up early every morning to do meditaion, affirmation and inspirational reading with Maryam as our coach.
We also went running on the beach!
Both Per and Disco enjoyed swimming in the ocean! 
Mirleft is a small and beautiful coastal town in the southern parts of Morocco with exactly 7 026 inhabitants. It is a five hour drive from Marrakech, or you fly to Agadir and after that it's two hours by car. 

There are several restaurants in Mirleft but they are all very local and basic. The interiors are simple but nice and they serve mainly grilled very fresh fish caught in the morning or pizza. Alcohol is not available neither in stores nor in most restaurants so make sure you bring your own wine.

We did however find an amazing little restaurant with great reviews and an ambitious menue, Les 3o, and they also served wine! This quickly became our favorite hang out both thanks to the great food as well as the very nice interior design items they had for sale. We bought a new mirror for our bathroom here!

This is the main street in Mirleft, where you find the restaurants, very basic ones serving delish grilled fish and pizza.

Small shops where we got our breakfast supplies
Mirleft city center

Les 3o was a very nice experience, great food for both lunch and dinner as well as an exciting interior design shop.

Restaurant Les 3 o - we will be back!

Partners in crime, Scout and Disco. The dogs quickly became best friends and had lots of fun during the week chasing both waves and each other.
Patrick & Maryam
During the week we also had a board meeting for Project Soar, the organization that is founded by Maryam and empowers girls in Morocco through sports and arts. We have been involved and suporting this great initiative since we came to Morocco and we were super proud to be elected to the board of Project Soar (US registred non-profit charity organisation). Our goal is to find a model to be able to role out Project Soar across Morocco. If you want to know how YOU can support Project Soar and the girls of Morocco please contact us for more information!

Project Soar - doing good and empowering girls in Morocco.

Beautiful sunsets and one evening we saw whales! (we think!)

Disco was happy about the carpets we found
What to do in Mirleft:
Surf and swim
Meditate and do yoga
Run along the beach
Relax and read 
Buy gorgeous carpets

Where to stay in Mirleft:
Rent an ocean front villa (there are no luxury hotels here)

Where to eat in Mirleft:
Les 3o (fine dining)
Hotel du Sud (pizza)
Hotel Atlas (fresh fish)

Now we are back in Marrakech for a week and will start to study Arabic, we have really been looking forward to this! Knowing some basic Arabic will bring us even closer to our local community we hope. But soon we are off to the waves again when we leave for beautiful Famara on Lanzarote to team up with pals Annelie & Stefan for a week of surfing in their beautiful Beach Side Villa. Stay tuned.

Bye Bye Mirleft, see you soon!