Smara, Morocco - When the people of the city of Laayoune, located in the south of Morocco, are tired of the harshness of urban life the ocean opens its arms to them, offering them peace of mind.
Smara, Morocco – When the people of the city of Laayoune, located in the south of Morocco, are tired of the harshness of urban life the ocean opens its arms to them, offering them peace of mind.
Fifteen kilometers south of Laayoune lies a magical virgin beach that murmurs into visitor‘s ears, welcoming them in all languages.
Resting on the shores of this ocean, listening to the music of the waves and the tunes of the wind playing its flute on the body of the sand dunes, I am transported in a spiritual journey to the deepest part of my inner being.
‘This is a place where the river of Sagiya El Hamra and the Atlantic Ocean meet like two lovers embracing each other. In the Sahara, they say that rivers are the children of oceans and that they pour into their mother’s well all the water that they gather from distant places.
Tourists come from Spain, France and other parts of the world to enjoy the beauty of this place and rid themselves of the stress of everyday life. “Man is tired of technology and its total control over people’s lives,” said a Spanish Old man who was lying on his back, warming his cold bones.
He added: “Moroccans, unfortunately, do not understand the value of what Mother Nature has offered them. This desert is a free hospital that cures all types of diseases. People do not appreciate this natural wealth, and instead, spend their lives envious of what others have.”
Mohamed Salem, a resident in Laayone, once told me: “We need more infrastructures in this beach so as to encourage domestic tourism. These beaches should not be left unexploited. If Spain had a beach like this one, they would use it to achieve sustainable development in the region by encouraging desert tourism and creating job opportunities for the local people.”
Laayoune’s beach is an enchanting space, yet sadly, it remains an under-visited destination. It is our duty as Moroccans to grant it the recognition that it deserves, and in the process, help expand the tourism industry in the region.
Edited by Hajar Elaalej
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