Having just spent 10 days in Villa Ramalah, situated in Aourir, just north of Agadir, you do realise just why Morocco is so magical.

Normally, we just do short trips just to check on things and sort out stuff with the villa etc, but this trip we decided that we really needed a break and to relax and enjoy the pleasant pace of life Morocco has.

The flight out was the usual chore – Note to self: Do not book with Ryanair any more as its just too stressy – Can anybody tell me why they cant allocate seats either online as you book (lets face it you do everything else for them!) or at worst as you check in? I hate the bun fight that always happens and to be sat 10 rows from the kids is just a nightmare!

Anyway, on arrival at Agadir, we pretty much went straight through immigration, picked up the bags and had the car waiting – all done in under an hour! We always take a few extra immigration cards and fill them in prior to entry as this saves loads of time. Our driver from Lotus cars the local firm  we use was spot on and spoke good English all the way to the office, then we took the car on to Aourir.

On arrival at the villa, Hassan our Guardian was there to greet us – he is a total legend and all the guests love him – it was good to see him and big hugs all round as usual!

Hassan - always on hand to help

We tried to get a load of stuff organised during the stay as we wanted to show the girls around Morocco. We also booked to do quad biking in Essaouira, about 160Km North of Aourir, which I still have to edit the video and post!.

We also wanted to commission some more work on the villa, so had a few meetings to agree the works and kicked that off too – the workmen have already started on this project.

We were a bit surprised as to the changes the storms  had made to the beaches. During December and January, Agadir and the surrounding area had some of the worst storm in 60 years up in the mountains and this water had obviously made its way down the valleys to the sea – bringing with it palm trees from Paradise Valley over 30 Km away! The storm also changed the beach and moved sand and rocks all over the place. Nevertheless, they are still beautiful and deserted – just as we like it!

Banana Beach has changed due to the storms but is still deserted

The next beach down from the villa, Taghardot Beach, a 5 min walk along Banana Beach, (we call it Princes Beach due to the Palace on it) is still the perfect sandy beach to play football or swim in – we spent most of our spare time here body boarding and swimming.

We call this Prince's Beach due to the Palace in the distance

The one thing you can always guarentee in Africa is a perfect sunset. This was taken off the sun terrace at Villa Ramalah just as the sun was going down – pretty stunning don’t you think?

Sunset on Banana Beach, Aourir, Morocco

I will be posting loads of content on the website in the coming weeks www.holidays-morocco.co.uk including the quad biking in Essaouira and of the improvements of the sea front in Agadir – so keep reading!