Agadir is Morocco’s number one destination for sun, sand and easy-going beach life. It’s perfect for lazy days, relaxing spas, thrilling watersports and family-friendly fun. The busy port and beach resort sprawls out beneath the grandeur of the kasbah, but there the sense of being in Morocco ends: with those graceful arcs of sand and inviting waters you could be holidaying anywhere. To get a feel for Moroccan life, landscapes and culture you will need to take advantage of tours to the Saharan desert, visit the capital city of Marrakech, trek in the foothills of the nearby Atlas mountains or explore the natural beauty of Imouzzer and Paradise Valley, where flowing streams, limestone gorges, rich plantations and charming villages can be found. But, it’s mighty hard to leave that beach life behind!
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Agadir
The Beach – This is where Agadir comes to life: the beachfront promenade offers a refreshing sense of space and is flanked by a sheltered sandy beach that is blessed with clean water and 300 sunny days a year. The spas, watersports, activities, shops, bars and restaurants are centred on the beach and its three parallel streets – 20 Août, nearest the ocean, Mohammed V and Hassan II.
The Kasbah – Only the ruins of the kasbah remain, seven kilometres northwest of the city. Perched on a hill it makes an atmospheric place to explore, strolling its ramparts and looking down at the city and beach below.
Taghazout – This laid-back fishing village is just a few kilometres from Agadir, but it feels a world apart. Famous for its calamari and its windsurfing, it is an ideal place to try both! Further north of here you can find secluded beaches should you fancy escaping the crowds of Agadir.
La Médina d’Agadir – Coco Polizzi, an Italian architect born in Rabat, has created a wonderful craft and culture village just four kilometres south of Agadir. Here you can admire and buy the work of more than 30 local artisans and artists.
Things to See in Agadir
A trek to the foothills of the Atlas mountain offers a splendid introduction to Moroccan landscapes, as do tours of the Sahara – on camel if you like – or the stunning streams, plantations and villages of Paradise Valley. You can take in local handicrafts at La Médina d’Agadir, but the main sight to see is that glorious crescent of a beach with the sun slowly slipping away on the horizon.
Things to Do in Agadir
Jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, surfboarding and many other watersports can be enjoyed, but Agadir also offers more relaxing pursuits in its hammams and spas. Children will love the Crocopark, with its 300 crocodiles, tropical gardens and waterfalls. You can explore the coast on a catamaran cruise, or head off for the day to Marrakech to visit the souks.
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