"Sidi Ifni in January" Sidi Ifni by maykal

Sidi Ifni Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 102 photos

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Like a lot of places on my trip, Sidi Ifni had intrigued me for a while, ever since it turned up on a postage stamp back when I collected them as a child. It's one of those towns with a unique history, being a Spanish territory until 1969 completely cut off from the other Spanish possessions, falling into obscurity for the next couple of decades and only recently discovered by surfers and tourists looking for an unusual beach resort to relax in for a day or two. I stayed for three.

Spread out on the cliff tops above a wild stretch of sandy beach, the old part of Sidi Ifni is full of blue and white Art Deco houses from the 1930s in varying states of decay...an Art Deco mosque, an Art Deco lighthouse, an Art Deco hotel... Then there's the bizarre; an abandoned ministry in the shape of a ship, an old Spanish consulate sitting empty in prime position on the seafront, an old airstrip almost cutting the town in two now used for a weekly market, the remains of a strange cable car from the cliffs to an offshore port.

Sidi Ifni's beach reminded me of childhood holidays in Devon, as it was wild and deserted like the beach at Westward Ho!. In fact the two towns have more than a few similarities...Atlantic waves, surf shops, sea mists, dramatic cliffs, unique architecture, a sense of having been forgotten and stuck in a time warp. Westward Ho! has caravans a plenty, whereas Sidi Ifni has campervans, each one full of Northern European pensioners heading south in search of winter sun.

It's a very unusual town and a fascinating place to...well, do nothing at all! My three days were spent walking up and down the hilly streets, stopping at the many cafes around town, walking along the clifftops and the beach, stopping for another coffee, walking down to the little marabout behind the beach, walking back for another coffee and a bite to eat...walking, walking and walking. I could easily have stayed for longer...it's that sort of place.

  • Last visit to Sidi Ifni: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 6, 2010
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Cruel Michael. The mysterious mists whet my appetite- like the Scottish haar.

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