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How do I get to Marrakech from Agadir?

There are several different options for travelling to Marrakech depending on your budget. By far the quickest way to get there is to fly, if you don’t mind catching an internal flight it will take approximately an hour but could cost anything up to £200. Buses and trains are by far the cheapest option, it takes between 3-4 hours but is a good way to see a lot of the country in one journey. You can hire a taxi but often these are an expensive way to travel  as drivers will not depart until their seats are filled or you could end up paying for the cost of empty seats.

Once in Marrakech there is plenty to see and do, most notably a visit to the famous Jemaa el Fna where you can experience authentic cuisine from the market stalls and also haggle yourself a bargain at the same time.

 

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What do I need to know about how to dress in Agadir?

Agadir is a modern beach resort and people are used to seeing tourists wearing European clothing. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable as long as they are not too tight or revealing. On the beach, swimwear can be worn, in fact Agadir is not that unlike other Mediterranean beach resorts. The main difference being that topless bathing is deemed unacceptable.Whilst walking around the souks or other public places, you should avoid wearing clothes that show thighs or cleavage and remember that during the summer months temperatures can reach the high 30s, so dress comfortably.

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Should I stay in a riad or hotel if I'm travelling to Agadir?

It really depends on the type of accommodation you are used to. Traditional resort hotels will have modern facilities, international guests and typically be full of other like-minded visitors. However staying in a riad will certainly enhance your experience of the Moroccan culture. ‘Riad’ is a term given to a townhouse built around a central courtyard, these riad hotels tend to be scattered amongst the narrow streets and souks in the centre of the city. They can sometimes be noisy due to the layout of the rooms around the courtyard and not have the facilities of larger hotels but will give you a unique insight into the Moroccan way of life.

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What trips can I do from Agadir?

Most hotels offer or can recommend day trips from Agadir, from fishing trips along the Atlantic coast to excursions into the Atlas Mountains. Day tours can be made to the popular city’s of Marrakech and Essouira or head into the hills to visit the beautiful walled town of Taroudant where you can shop for local handmade goods in the markets.

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What is the food like in Agadir?

Agadir is a cosmopolitan city so you should be able to find lots of restaurants to cater for all tastes. A favourite amongst the Moroccans is ‘harira’ a soup made of lentils, chickpeas with herbs and spices as well as the renowned ‘tangine’ which is cous cous and meat. Local restaurants do not tend to serve alcohol, although many of the international restaurants in the popular tourist areas will serve wine and beer with meals.

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What is Agadir like in January?

Many of the facilities are open all year round, with temperatures known to peak in the mid 20s becoming chillier in the evenings. The sea temperatures can be cold this time of year, but the beaches are open and the seafront promenade is a great place to stretch your legs and find a restaurant to sample the local food.