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About city Gallery Where to stay

Agadir is an interesting and intriguing Moroccan city: on the one hand, it’s the largest resort of the country, a modern city with a well-developed tourist industry, services and educational facilities; on the other hand, it’s the last large, civilized city before the vast Saharan Desert that stretches all the way to the coast of West Africa. The feeling that you’re in a city with only a handful of small towns beyond its limits and a single, thousand-kilometre-long road through the desert, is guaranteed to give your vacation in Agadir some extra flavour.

The tall Atlas Mountains protect the resort from the scorching Saharan heat. During summer, Agadir is cooled by the Canary Current, and in the winter it’s warmed by the Sahara. The summer here is usually marked by a 27- to 30-degree ambient temperature and roughly 21- to 24-degree water. Even during autumn (October to November) the average air temperature here is around 24 degrees and water - about 18 degrees. Agadir’s warm, soft climate and 300 sunny days per year attract many tourists each year.

Agadir beach full of tourists
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Agadir beach full of tourists

The resort, situated near the Atlantic Ocean, at the southern base of the Atlas Mountains, is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, pine groves and a wonderfully clear, calm and refreshing ocean.

The small fishing village of Agadir came to be known to history in 1505 when Portuguese sailors built a fortress here. Later, the village became a trade centre, with merchants coming in from France, Italy and Portugal. It was a centre of spice, date and gold trade.

Spice salesmen in the Agadir market
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Spice salesmen in the Agadir market

On the 29th of February 1960, the city was hit by a strong earthquake which killed around 15,000 people, destroyed the ancient fortress Kasbah and most other buildings. After this terrible event, the city was completely rebuilt. Agadir is famous for its sugar canes, dates, vegetables, exotic fruit trees, preserved fish and non-ferrous metal industries.

The beach of Agadir stretches for about 10 km. The most famous beaches here are as follow:  Dakhla, Grottes d’Hercules, Asfiha, El Jadida, Lalla Fatma, Larache and Tangier. They are all characterized by spaciousness and romantic tranquillity. These beaches are also excellent for surfing.

Agadir beach at night. Kasbah mountain in the background
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Agadir beach at night. Kasbah mountain in the background

Make sure to visit the Bird Valley where you’ll find huge colonies of flamingos. Tourists are also impressed by Agadir’s Thalassotherapy Centre and its many different procedures.

Agadir is considered to be the most beautiful and hospitable resort in Morocco. Here you’ll find all of pleasures of the Orient: smoking hookah, riding camels and horses, sea fishing, playing golf and tennis on excellent fields, and sailing on catamarans.

The city also has a few night clubs and discos which often host various festivals, music concerts and other events. The small coastal shops attract customers not just by always keeping the doors open, but also with their interesting architecture.

Agadir harbour
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Agadir harbour

Snacks in Agadir are very easy to find – the locals will be glad to offer you both traditional and foreign dishes. There are many cafés and stalls around mosques built specifically for tourists, and the Morocco Fish Market can be found on the seaside.

Carefully maintained roads connect the city to Casablanca and Marrakesh, but if you’re after an even more exotic experience, we recommend you head to the desert and other little towns and oases of Southern Morocco.

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