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a guide to agadir


Agadir
is a major city in the southern area of Morocco, nestled in a fabulous location
amidst the Anti Atlas and the Sahara Desert with a plethora of national parks
and secluded beaches close by. The city is tolerant, and seems to boast a ‘live
and let live’ approach to everyday life. The city was rebuilt in 1960, after a
devastating earthquake struck the region and now boasts thriving tourism and fishing
industries. Should you decide on one of our luxury villas in Morocco for your
holiday this year, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide for first-time
visitors to Agadir, so you have some idea of what to expect when you
visit. 

Weather


Agadir
is in a subtropical climate, yet remains mostly dry with fog being the most
common type of moisture. Summer days average at around 27°C, falling to around
18°C come nightfall. In the winter, the coldest the region can get during the
day is 21°C, making it a fantastic holiday destination all year round. The sea
breeze makes the heat slightly more bearable than in Marrakech, for those who
aren’t used to these kinds of temperatures.

See
and do


Despite
the fairly modern nature of the city, there are a variety of sights not to be
missed during your holiday. Listed below are just some of the highlights:

Museum
Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh

This
establishment is home to a small collection of Berber objects from the 18th
and 19th century. Specialising in jewellery, this is a great place
to learn all about the cultures and traditions of the Berber people, both in
the past and in modern societies.

Beach

One
of the most appealing attractions to holidaying in this city is the golden
sandy beach, which stretches out for miles and unlike other Northern African
counterparts, remains sheltered from the winds. There are plenty of activities
for the more adventurous, as tourists can rent jet-skis, ride quadbikes, hire
dune buggies and embark upon horse and camel rides. The region also attracts
surfers from far and wide, who frequent the neighbouring beaches in the hope of
gnarly waves. Get your glad rags on in the evening and join the locals for a
stroll down the promenade where live music, street entertainers and a host of
cafes and bars await your arrival.

Kasbah


Offering
spectacular views across the region, the hilltop Kasbah sits 7km northwest of
the centre and is a rare survivor of the devastating earthquake in 1960. The
spot has a diverse history, after being built in 1541 and restored in the
1740s, it was once home to around 300 people. Today, only the outer wall
remains, although there are some marks and traces of previous dwellings for
those who look carefully. There is an inscription over the entry arch in Dutch
and Arabic that translates to ‘Believe in God and respect the King’, which acts
as a reminder of trade with the Low Countries.

Vallèe
des Oiseaux


This
small zoo is free of charge, making a fantastic, inexpensive day out if you are
on holiday with young children. There is a large cage that you can walk through
to feel close to a range of birds from all over the world, some goat-esque
mammals from the Atlas and even a range of exotic mammals. There is also an
excellent children’s play area, where your children can join the locals in
play, who frequent the zoo often whilst their mums catch up over a drink.

Golf


Should
any members of your party be golf-inclined, there are three top quality golf
courses in the city, all of which are well worth the visit. You can get public
transport to any, or arrange a deal with a taxi driver who can also collect
you.

Souk
El Had

This
market boasts over 3000 stalls and is a truly spectacular representation of
Moroccan trade, a must-see for even the most unlikely of shoppers. Here, you
will be able to purchase everything from souvenirs to fruit and vegetables and
everything in between! You will be offered guides which can be helpful at
times, but be warned, they are on commission and will only take you to their
friend’s stalls. Explore on your own and haggle hard, unless stalls
specifically state that they have fixed prices. Spices are of particularly good
value here, so it’s a wise idea to stock up on some saffron. 

Food
and drink


Restaurants
are plentiful in the tourist sector, but don’t be afraid to stray into the
local areas, where you are likely to find better quality, authentic Moroccan
cuisine. Here, you are likely to be offered three course meals for under the
equivalent of £5. Tap water should be avoided at all times, so stock up on
bottles from supermarkets and be vigilant in ordering drinks without ice.

Overall,
Agadir is a great place to visit where you can enjoy the luxuries of relaxing
on the beautiful beaches, but also experience the interesting culture and
lifestyle of the Moroccans who live here. The city has an unmistakable air of
calm about the atmosphere, making it less stressful than other bustling
Moroccan cities and the beach is truly sensational.


Image
credit: Omar Amassine

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