Morocco’s Emerging Destination, Tarfaya, Makes its Debut at ITB Berlin

A little-known holiday spot in Morocco, the newly formed Province of Tarfaya was for the first time present at ITB Berlin 2017.

“We took part as an exhibitor at the Morocco Pavilion. And we received a lot of interest from travel professionals”, explains Mohamed Salem Bahia, President of Tarfaya Provincial Council (PICTURED ABOVE).

Tarfaya is located south of the Kingdom of Morocco, facing the Canary Islands. Its proximity to the Spanish islands are perceived by Bahia as an asset. “In August, we will launch a daily year-round ferry link to Fuerteventura, which is just 85 km away. We currently have daily air services to Las Palmas in complement to flights to Agadir and Casablanca”, says Bahia.

According to the Province President, Tarfaya currently only welcomes 3,000 to 4,000 international travellers a year. “With promotion, we want to at least double this number in 2017. We believe that the Sahara Desert experience will be our main asset as well as over 200 km of pristine beaches”, adds Bahia.

Dunes of red sand and rivers, archaeological remains of old Sahara civilisations, an old British fort surrounded by the sea, migratory bird observation, animal photo safaris, fishing – with hundreds of different fish species, or a bivouac in the desert, are just some of the activities proposed by the province. “We capitalise a lot on a combination of nature and culture in a peaceful welcoming environment”, says Bahia.

Tartaya was a regular stop over for the aviators of Aéropostale, and it was here that St Exupéry wrote his famous novel “The Little Prince”; as recalled in a museum dedicated to the legendary gure in the city.

PHOTO – TOP OF PAGE: Mohamed Salem Bahia President, Tarfaya Provincial Council