Remembering Legzira, Southern Morrocco’s Most Spectacular Beach

Thomas at Legzira Beach in Morocco

You never know when one of your adventures will end up becoming a legendary piece of travel lore. You think you are going for a stroll on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Instead, you end up witnessing the last precious moments of a natural wonder that has survived the tests of time… until now.

The central arch on the gorgeous triple-arched Moroccan beach of Legzira is gone. It collapsed in 2016, just a few weeks after we visited, but we only heard the news recently. It’s an enormous loss for Morocco as well as our planet’s natural heritage. Bizarrely, this is the second world famous arch we have visited, which later collapsed.

Thomas under giant central arch on Legzira Beach

We first visited Legzira beach during our epic six-week Moroccan road trip. Located in the southern Souss region, the stunning stretch of coast featured two enormous natural arches with a third, smaller arch towards the end of the beach. (Thomas is standing under the third arch in the lead pic.) This otherworldly location would have made a perfect location for a sci-fi or fantasy film. It was breathtaking.

Tony backed by the first arch at Legzira

Carved into the red sandstone cliffs over the eons, the surreal series of walk-through arches felt like nature’s gateway to the Moroccan Sahara. There was a palpable magic to the beach. The arches felt like ruins built by a lost civilization of giants. The beauty and romance of Legzira was magnified by a sense of desert desolation: no plants, no palms, just a world of red sand and stone.

A local family wanders below the second arch at Legzira Beach

It is hard to believe that Legzira was not a household name. Isolated and relatively unknown by 21st-century standards, the beach was virtually deserted for most of our visit. In the Instagram era, that is a rare luxury for global travelers. The one family that did happen by was very local and VERY traditional.

Glorious Legzira beach before the collapse of the central arch

When they spotted us, they hightailed it out of there as fast as they could lest we see the mother’s right eyeball. Yes, glorious isolation and a beautiful sunset made this one of Morocco’s (and the world’s) coolest off-the-beaten-track destinations. Unfortunately, the collapse of the central arch, clearly the highlight of Legzira beach, definitely diminishes the draw of this remote location. I guess we’ll all just have to wait for a couple new arches to slowly erode into the cliffs over time. 🙁

For a more detailed description of the collapse, check out this article, which also includes an image of the fallen arch.

6 responses to “Remembering Legzira, Southern Morrocco’s Most Spectacular Beach”

  1. avatar Jill says:

    Isn’t Legzira incredible? I spent three months in Mirleft a few years ago and I used to drive down to Legzira at least once a week. Did they build any new hotels on the beaches near the arches?

    • avatar Tony says:

      Hey Jill,

      There are hotels near the access road (which I assume were there when you visited if it was just a few years ago), but there are no hotels near the arches themselves. I really hope it stays that way.

  2. avatar Fiona says:

    We are headed to Legzira tomorrow after seeing these pictures. Is Tiznit worth a stop?

    • avatar Tony says:

      Yes, Tiznit is another great walled city with a southern desert vibe. It is definitely worth a stop and a quick look around.

  3. Super article, Well written and structured article. I also did love the images you have provided 😉 Do you think it’s currently open for tourists?

  4. avatar Tony says:

    I believe the beach is still open.

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