Africa, January/February, March/April, May/June, November/December, September/October, Travel Guide

Guide to Nid d’Aigle, Morocco

Friday 14 February, 2014
Morocco is perfect for a winter getaway. Photo: Melanie Boisselier

Morocco is perfect for a winter getaway. Photo: Melanie Boisselier

Relaxed coastal flying, with accommodation and food yards away.


The Atlantic coast of southern Morocco is peppered with flying sites. South of the Atlas from Agadir to Sidi Ifni there are at least eight. Nid d’Aigle and Nigel’s Place are way down south near the walled city of Tiznit. Mirleft is the closest village. The landmass rises to 280m, and warm breezes blow in from the Canaries allowing coastal soaring all day.

The two take=offs have been reclaimed from rampaging cacti, and Nid d’Aigle and Nigel both run accommodation on-site. The take-offs are reachable by car on rough tracks from Mirleft, reportedly the favoured haunt of 1960s pop stars, and where you can go for a beer. The ridge is two kilometres from the sea, so there are plenty of landing options on the plateau; watch out for the cacti.

Nid d’Aigle is private – you can only use the launch if you stay in its accommodation – but anyone can fly Nigel’s Place, the site next-door, for a daily fee of 30 dirhams (€3).

Coastal sea breezes with thermals in the middle of the day. People have flown to 900m, but this is exceptional; 20-150m is the norm. The main sites can get blown out in the heat of the day, but then you can head to the dunes below for a play.

The best seasons are autumn (October and November) and spring (February to May). In summer it’s generally considered too hot and too stable.

Launch: 251m
Landing: 61m

Easy access for hang gliders.

Coastal soaring is the mainstay of this site, which is a five-kilometre ridge. There are thermals, so it is possible to make forays, but the lack of roads limits cross country potential for all but the hardiest of adventure-seekers. In the morning, before the sea breeze starts, see if you can glide all the way to the beach for a swim.

Dangerous if the wind goes too far north or south, and it can go katabatic as the sun sets. Please don’t land in cropped fields, and if you get to the site and no one is flying, there’s probably a good reason for it. Remember the nearest medical facilities are a long way away, so check before you launch.

Stay on take-off at either Nid d’Aigle or Nigel’s place
Hotels in Mirleft or Legzira cost around 200-350 dirhams (€18-32) half-board.
Hotel Resto Abertih:

Camel trekking is available locally, so you can explore the area in true Berber style. Or go surfing, then relax with a mint tea on the beach at Legzira or Agadir. Head into Agadir itself to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the souks and Medina. Mirhleft, with its Spanish fort, and the fine art deco military town of Sidi Ifni should be on your list too, along with the city of Tiznit. The Massa lagoon is part of the Sous-Massa National Park and one of the best places in Morocco for bird watching.

The warm and balmy climate changes little throughout the months, with 26C maximums quoted between July and September, and the coolest months of January and February still enjoying 18C highs and 9C lows. Rainfall is low, but most likely in December and January.  Check for the wind.

The closest international airports are at Agadir (two hours) or Marrakech (four hours). Coaches run from Agadir to Tiznit, from where you can get a “grand taxi” to your final destination. These big old Mercs have a few hundred thousand kilometres on the clock, and can be shared with strangers or friends. Nid d’Aigle and Paraglide Morocco (Nigel’s Place) both run shuttles to launch.

Passion Paragliding
Cumulus Parapente (FR)  and Sunsoar Paragliding (UK)  run guided trips to this area.

Nid d’Aigle
Nigel’s Place

• Got news? Send it to us at news@xccontent.local

Buy and sell gear on


Never miss an issue

Our subscribers receive 10 issues a year, the annual Travel Guide and exclusive access to competitions and offers

Subscribe today
Back to Africa January/February March/April May/June November/December September/October Travel Guide
Back to Africa January/February March/April May/June November/December September/October Travel Guide

Got a story?

If you have news, great images or a story, let us know

Get in touch

Join the family

By subscribing, you support the only worldwide paragliding, paramotoring and hang gliding magazine and you get:

SUBSCRIBE BEFORE DEC 16 and receive a free wallet and £10 Voucher plus entry to our next prize draw

  • Ten issues delivered to your door through the year
  • A 100+ page Travel Guide to the world’s best flying sites delivered with the Feb/March issue each year
  • Plus: Win a paraglider in our annual subscribers’ draw each January
  • Pay annually or monthly with paypal or credit card
Subscribe today

Subscribe and never miss an issue

Digital edition

per month

  • Ten packed issues delivered via Zinio
  • Travel Guide with the Feb/March issue each year
  • Read offline on iPad, laptop or phone
  • Exactly the same magazines as print

Print edition

per month

  • Ten packed issues airmailed to you
  • Travel Guide with the Feb/March issue each year
  • Perfect-bound journals, high quality production
  • Chance to win two new wings in exclusive draws

Print and digital

per month

  • All the benefits of print and digital!
  • Plus exclusive discount vouchers for books and products
News and special offers. No spam ever