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Holidays in Agadir
Agadir is a bustling city on the south coast of Morocco, known for its soft golden sands and year-round warm weather. After an earthquake in 1960, the city was rebuilt, making it the popular seaside resort that it is today. Barter for souvenirs and spices at Souk El-Had and spend your evenings at a trendy restaurant by the marina. Venture further out to discover secluded beaches and traditional Berber villages.
Enjoy warm weather and blue skies throughout the year.
Agadir Al Massira airport is 25km south east of Agadir.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Agadir for bustling souks, fruity lamb tagines and endless golden beaches.
With 10km of almond-coloured sand and vivid blue waters, Agadir has some of the best beaches in Morocco. Spend the morning soaking up the warm African sunshine, then stop for a lunch of freshly-barbecued fish at a local stall. 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, visit one of the stylish restaurants overlooking Agadir’s marina. Sit back and enjoy the sunset as you sip on a chilled glass of Moroccan white wine.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder that Agadir’s main beach is a big hit with holidaymakers. The crescent-shaped bay is sheltered from the ocean winds, making it the perfect spot for families. After a long day on the beach, wander along the palm-lined promenade and stop at a restaurant for an authentic lamb tagine, slow-cooked with juicy olives and dates. Legzira’s secluded beach is just a couple of hours’ drive from Agadir. Two dramatic cinnamon-red rock arches reach across the sand to the sea, making it one of the most beautiful places to go near Agadir.
The Medina de Coco Polizzi is a 13-acre village of museums and craft stalls, and one of the most popular attractions in Agadir. Rebuilt in the 1990s, it’s a maze of cobbled streets and traditional stone arches where local craftsmen come to display and sell their work. For an authentic Moroccan experience, visit the Souk El-Had on a Sunday afternoon. Watch as the locals barter for spices and fresh vegetables, and browse the stalls selling handcrafted Moroccan lamps, ceramics and silverware. For some of the best views of the city, head up the hillside to the city’s 16th-century kasbah.
Just south of Agadir, Souss Massa National Park is the place to spot pink flamingos. Look out for the wild gazelles and ostriches that roam the nature reserve. For one of the best things to do near Agadir, drive north to Essaouira. This is where you’ll see the region’s famous tree-climbing goats as they hop from one branch to another, snacking on the fruit of the tree. Paradise Valley lies at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Hike to the rocky gorge and you’ll find a breath-taking spot with waterfalls and a luminous turquoise pool.
Best for shoppers: Pick up aromatic spices and fresh fruit at Souk El-Had.
Best for scenery lovers: Discover the glistening waterfalls at Paradise Valley.
Best for foodies: Tuck into fruity lamb tagines and freshly-barbecued fish.
Language: The language spoken in Agadir is Arabic
Currency: The currency used in Agadir is Moroccan Dirham (Dh)
Local time: Agadir is the same time zone as GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Agadir Al Massira airport is 25km south east of Agadir.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours
Tourist information: Further Agadir tourist information can be found at www.visitmorocco.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Agadir.
Temperature: 20-26 °C
Agadir is bathed in sunshine throughout the year, with glorious highs of 26 (°C) during the summer. Spring may be the wettest season, but it still receives plenty of sunshine and an average daily temperature of 22. With its warm days and cooler evenings, autumn is one of the best times to visit Agadir, while winter guests can take advantage of fewer crowds and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day.
By foot: Take advantage of the flat city and walk along the avenues and boulevards, down the coastal road to the marina.
By taxi: Agadir’s orange taxis – known as petit taxis - are metered and can take you within the city limits. If you want to go further afield you’ll need to share a grand taxi, which seats six – just agree a price before you set off.
By bus: Buses are cheap and frequent, just make sure you have enough change.
Music buffs: If you like world music then make sure you’re there in July for the Festival Timitar. Artists from around the world gather to perform at three of Agadir’s open-air venues, celebrating the area’s rich musical heritage.
Film lovers: The Agadir International Documentary Film Festival takes place in April/May. Catch the next big African documentary before everyone else.
Resorts Near Agadir