Agadir holidays

Experience this bustling city on the south coast of Morocco. Agadir is perhaps best known for its silky-soft sandy beach (there’s a whopping 10km of it to enjoy so you’re bound to find a spot!) and year-round sunshine. Most of the original city was destroyed in a huge earthquake in 1960, and what you see today is a modern resort that was built in its place, complete with trendy marina restaurants. Beyond the beach you’ll still get a sense of the rich history on Agadir holidays; you’ll find the Kasbah Mosque and traditional Berber villages within easy reach. And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir at the bustling souk.

Things to do

For many visitors, holidays to Agadir are first and foremost about long, lazy days on the beach. And where better to soak up the North African sunshine than on a 10-km stretch of almond-coloured sands? It’s one of the best beaches in Morocco. When you’re ready to refuel, you can grab a bite to eat at a local stall; the freshly-barbecued fish is a must try. If you’re looking for a livelier spot, do as the locals do and head to the Souk El-Had for a spot of shopping. Fragrant spices fill the air as you wander past mountains of plump dates. In the evenings, you can dine in one of the stylish restaurants overlooking the modern marina. Just sit back and enjoy the sunset as you sip a chilled glass of Moroccan white wine.

Excellent beaches

The beaches are Agadir’s main attractions and are said to be some of the best in Morocco. The 10km stretch of soft, golden sand runs into crystal clear waters, which have received Blue Flag status. Enjoy spending your days relaxing in the exotic weather on sun loungers and under parasols, with views of the shimmering coast. Take a refreshing break from the heat in one of the cafes and restaurants that line the palm tree fringed promenade.

History and culture

Agadir was traditionally a small fishing village, which is still rooted in its customs with a wild marine life, picturesque harbour and delicious seafood restaurants. Agadir was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake wiped out the whole city in the 1960s. The city was rebuilt a few miles south from its original place and features modern buildings, floral parks and wide grid-like streets, which are easy to navigate around than most Moroccan cities. However, the city hasn’t lost its traditional charm, with colourful souks, spas and mosques which can be explored.

Laid back nightlife

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in one of the many bars in Agadir. The nightlife is low key compared to the cosmopolitan Casablanca and Marrakech, but there’s enough to keep you entertained if you are after a relaxing break away. Enjoy an authentic Moroccan meal and a cocktail or two in one of the beachfront restaurants or try you luck in one of the vibrant casinos. Pay a visit to one of the bars or venues that often host live music and traditional belly dance performances.

Map of Agadir

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Agadir is best for...

Beach lovers: The 10-km beach has made this resort a top destination in Morocco; you can expect a wide bay on the Atlantic Coast with glorious golden sands and crystal-clear waters.

Explorers: Beyond the beaches, bazaars and souks, you’ll discover the glistening waterfalls at Paradise Valley. And you can enjoy breathtaking views from the 16th century Kasbah perched on the hillside.

Foodies: You’ll love tucking into fruity lamb tagines and freshly-barbecued fish. And you’ll love taking a walk through the spice-scented souks.

Fast facts for Agadir

Language: Arabic and French, although English is also spoken around the main tourist hot spots, hotels and resorts. Pack a phrase book or download our handy language app and try out a few basic phrases.

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (Dh).

Local time: Agadir is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Agadir Al Massira Airport. Agadir is about 30 minutes away.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Agadir is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Further Agadir tourist information can be found at www.visitmorocco.com.

 

Getting around Agadir

On foot: Make the most of the flat city landscape and take a leisurely stroll through the avenues and along the beachfront boulevards, before heading down the coastal road to the modern marina.

By taxi: Look out for local orange taxis (known as petit taxis), which run on a meter and can take you anywhere within the city limits. If you want to go further afield you’ll need to share a grand taxi, which seats up to six; just remember to agree a price before you set off.

By bus: Buses are a cheap and efficient way to get from place to place, but make sure you have enough change with you to buy a ticket.

Events in Agadir

Festival Timitar: If you’re a fan of world music, make sure you visit Agadir in July. Artists from around the world gather to perform at three open-air venues in the city, in a colorful celebration of the area’s rich musical heritage. Entry is free.

Concert for Tolerance: Every October, this annual concert festival takes place at the northern end of the beach. You’ll find a wide-ranging schedule of DJs, dance music and local rap talent, and it’s a firm favourite among Agadair’s younger crowd.

Agadir weather

Temperature: 20-31(°C) 

You’ll find that the Agadir area is bathed in sunshine throughout the year, but summer is the best time to hit the beach. If you like it hot, book Agadir holidays for between June and September, when temperatures peak in the late 20s (°C) and the low 30s. Blue skies are practically guaranteed, while cool breezes sweeping over the coast will stop you from feeling uncomfortable. Autumn is all about warm days and cooler evenings, and average daily temperatures in the low 20s. And it’s much quieter in winter, but you can still enjoy up to 10 hours of sunshine a day.

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