Sitting pretty on Morocco’s southern coast, you’ll find the modern Moroccan resort of Agadir. Following a huge earthquake in 1960, the city was virtually destroyed and rebuilt as one of the country’s most modern cities. Yet despite the rebuild there’s still a strong sense of history here, and you can find plenty of things to do in Agadir, and lots of places to visit.
When it comes to Agadir things to do, you won’t be left scratching your head and wondering what to do next. There’s plenty to keep you busy day and night, whether you’re looking to visit a traditional souk and pick up a souvenir, or you want to make your way through the ancient medina. And if all you want to do on your holiday is unwind the beachfront, be our guest! You could always finish off a lazy day by heading to a waterfront restaurant to tuck into a traditional lamb tagine while you watch the sunset on the horizon.
To help you plan your getaway, we’ve put together a list of things to do in Agadir; it’s up to you to pick your favourite.
1. Relax on Agadir Beach
For many visitors to Agadir, a day on the beach is the top priority. You’ll find an inviting 10km crescent-shaped bay here, covered in silky-soft, golden sand. With that much room on offer, there’s always a great spot for sunbathing or lazing, and although it brushes up against the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, you’ll be sheltered from the strong Atlantic winds here. The beach is always well maintained and there are lifeguards on patrol during the busy summer months.
2. Explore La Médina d’Agadir
Just a few miles beyond the city centre, you’ll discover La Médina d’Agadir; it’s a life-size recreation of the original medina that was destroyed by the earthquake. Rebuilt in 1992 using traditional Berber techniques, it’s a work of art and a museum at the same time. And you’ll find lots of local artist showcasing their work here.
3. Hike to the Agadir Kasbah
Sitting on top of a hill in the city’s oldest district, you’ll discover the Kasbah; it’s a set of fortifications dating back to 1541, and one of the few buildings that wasn’t flattened by the earthquake in 1960. It’s well worth setting aside some time on your holiday to hike up to the top. When you get there, you’ll find a fine example of medieval Arabic architecture, and you can expect spectacular views over the city and the glistening coastline, too.
4. Shop in Souk El Had d’Agadir
One of the best ways to experience traditional Moroccan culture is by experiencing a traditional souk (or market). Agadir’s most impressive is the Souk el Had. This is where many of the locals pick up their shopping, and there’s a superb atmosphere here. You won’t be able to resist picking up a souvenir or two, look out for lovely leather goods and spices galore.