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Agadir

The Moroccan seaside holiday resort of Agadir is a modern city rebuilt from scratch after a major earthquake in 1960. It boasts an excellent climate all year round as well as a long sandy beach and a vast range of resort facilities.

For visitors wanting to have a more Moroccan experience, its international airport serves as a convenient entry point for the traditional walled town of Taroudant (1 hour inland), a variety of places on the Atlantic Coast and the High and Anti Atlas Mountains.

 

Overview

The City

Agadir is a modern seaside resort on the Atlantic coast focussed on a 9 km long sandy bay, considered to be one of the best in Morocco, which offers a good range of beach and water based activities. It lies to the south west of the High Atlas Mountain range where the wide and fertile Souss valley (the major horticultural and orange growing region of Morocco) meets the sea.

There is very little likelihood of earthquake damage in the modern city because it is built on safe foundations using carefully regulated building methods in an area well away from the fault that led to the 1960 disaster.

Weather

Agadir enjoys a very temperate climate including 300 days sunshine per annum, hence it is an ideal all year round destination, although it can be breezy and misty for part of the day in summer months.

Location

Agadir is positioned on the Atlantic coast towards the south of the Moroccan coastline.

It has an international airport around 30 minutes south of the city, and is connected to Marrakech by a modern motorway, making it an excellent access point for Morocco and, in particular, the Moroccan south:

  • Marrakech, the bustling centre of Morocco for most visitors around 4 hours north east;
  • Taroudant, the medina town in the heart of the Moroccan south and around 1 hour's drive east;
  • Essaouira, the pretty beach, coastal medina and fishing village about 3 hours' journey north; and
  • Skoura, the oasis town en route to the desert around 5 hours' journey east (via Taroudant).

Agadir's attractive modern airport, receives a large number of chartered and scheduled flights from the UK and many parts of Europe.

Accommodation

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Atlas Kasbah

Atlas Kasbah

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Atlas Kasbah is a small, kasbah-style Eco Hotel with a pool set in a commanding position overlooking the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains 15 minutes from Agadir.  Its strong eco credentials are supported by its solar panels, organic food production, earth construction and rainwater saving.

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£70 per night, B&B Information

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Riad Villa Blanche

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Riad Villa Blanche in Agadir is an elegant medium sized boutique hotel set in lovely gardens in a fashionable neighbourhood south of the city and enjoys easy access to the sandy beach nearby. It has a range of facilities including swimming pools and a luxury spa offering treatments.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£135 per night, B&B Information

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4**** Chic Information

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Attractions

Things to do or see

In the City

  • There are numerous large hotels, a huge variety of restaurants, especially recommended for fresh fish, many spread along the attractive newly remodelled promenade at the north end of the bay and nightclubs
  • On the northern end of the beach is the modern marina enlivened annually in November when the Transat Classique sailing races visit and celebrated by a carnival
  • Further north is the busy authentic fishing port, the biggest sardine port in the world, but note that this is far from the only catch - over 270 other species are landed here
  • Land based activities such as camel and horse treks near to the Souss estuary
  • Water based activities including fishing and – best between June and September- whale and dolphin watching
  • Children’s attractions such as a miniature train, bouncy castle and a small zoo in the ‘Valley of the Birds’
  • Swimming- in the sea, weather permitting, or there are many pools
  • Shopping in the bustling walled souk, the Marche Centrale or the boutiques in town

Outside of the City

  • Visit to the ‘Medina of Agadir’, an exceptionally attractive walled craft village, some 7 km south of town near the Souss estuary. Cocco Polizzi, an Italian architect intent on preserving and promoting Moroccan craftsmanship, has used the best artisans in Morocco to create the beautiful buildings. It is a perfect  place to watch craftsmen at work, with a chance to buy direct from the producers
  • Visit the hilltop Kasbah, where the ruins from the earthquake as well as a superb panoramic view of the bay and port and environs may be seen
  • The Souss Massa National Park Not far from the edge of the city is the Souss estuary, where many birds may be seen including flamingoes and a rare species of nightjar.  Further south is the most renowned bird watching site – the Massa lagoon.
  • Water sports especially surfing for which the most famous spots are around Taghazoute, about 20 minutes’ drive north of the city

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