New York - Morocco’s West Coast town of Taghazout is earning praise among business circles and becoming an "international start-ups haven," according to a report by CNN.
New York – Morocco’s West Coast town of Taghazout is earning praise among business circles and becoming an “international start-ups haven,” according to a report by CNN.
While Taghazout remains a small fishery town, its fame as a hotspot for those who yearn for a peaceful and paradisiacal retreat to think and create, are making the coastal town their favorite destination.
According to Nomadlist, Taghazout has ranked fifth best town for “digital nomads” to live and work in. The west coast village was also ranked one of the “world’s best start-up hubs,” according to Virgin Entrepreneur, which described it as “a small, vibrant community, cheap prices and a genuinely unique start-up experience.”
British entrepreneur Jonny Miller and his team at Maptia a storytelling platform for writers and photographers, talked about their 10-month stay in Taghazout.
“We hadn’t felt happier or healthier in a long time and as if receiving a power up in a computer game, our energy levels shot up, resulting in better quality output,” Miller said to Virgin.
Low-costs for accommodation and food (US $10 per person per week) make the Moroccan quaint village a feasible choice for staying long periods of time.
“Like many young founders, we have a tendency to burn the candle at both ends, but Taghazout surrounded us with ways to keep our perspective,” the British man said. “We could hear the constant sound of the waves below our window and were encouraged to renew ourselves by getting outside into our surroundings,” he added.
Taghazout is responding to the demands of its new business-minded visitors with new locations to inspire and please start-up clients.
The Blue House located in the village of Tamraght, next to Taghazout, is a new co-working residence and networking retreat that opened in October. It has become a start-ups favorite, where companies can book ‘working residences’ as well as plan a relaxing retreat to enjoy the coastal town.
The Blue House is also used as a setting for international conferences. “We are trying to build bridges between Morocco and Europe,” Blue House’s founder Aline Mayard said. “We want to attract investors and entrepreneurs to this market, and for Moroccans to benefit,” she added.
“Our programs resonate with people who have already experienced burnout, and know they must take care of themselves,” Mayard said in reference to the low-stress and low-cost life in Morocco’s west coast.
Taghazout and Tamraght have become ideal destinations for both Moroccans and foreigners for creativity, inspiration, meditation, brainstorming, and an opportunity to take a break from the big city life in a paradisiacal haven.