As with most of Morocco, the marketplace or Souk is integral to Agadir’s daily life. Whether locals are doing the weekly shop, catching up with friends in a Kahwa (coffee shop) or simply people-watching, there is always a lively hubbub to be found. In Agadir, the souk is the ideal place to pick up a gift for friends and family back home, or to simply get lost in and enjoy a true taste of Agadir.
Atop the city fortress, standing on a rooftop or from a distant peak, there’s no bad viewpoint in Agadir. A swathe of orange-toned buildings sitting prettily beside sparkling sea waters and lined with bright, golden sands in every direction. Even the sights on street level are enchanting; a patchwork of coloured spices in the marketplace, mosaic tiles and typically artistic Arabic architecture.
A holiday in Agadir is perfect for those who enjoy getting up close and personal with wildlife. From the Vallée des Oiseaux which is home to an array of birds, including parrots and flamingos. Or for the more daring visitor the Crocoparc provides thrills and spills with its sharp-toothed inhabitants; the Nile crocodile. There are also a number of exotic, imported creatures to see here including llamas, goats and wallabies.
The hammam, a must on any holiday in Agadir, is the perfect way to experience Moroccan culture whilst also enjoying a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. More than just an upmarket bath house, the hammam is an oasis of pampering serenity where visitors can experience melting massages, revitalising facials and other treatments. Get ready to get down to hours of utterly heavenly hedonism.
The medina is officially defined as ‘the old walled part of a North African town’ but as you’ll find on your Moroccan getaway, it is so much more. Just outside the city centre of Agadir is the stunning open-air replica of the city’s ancient medina which was destroyed in an earthquake. Constructed with Berber techniques and local material, the place is a work of art which can be simply admired as well as explored. Those with a keen interest in history with also find the area replete with fascinating historical insights.
Built in the 16th Century, this impressive citadel is one of Agadir’s oldest districts. Despite its ancient origins, the Kasbah was one of the few structures in the area which wasn’t destroyed in the earthquake that shook the city. But it isn’t only architects who’ll be interested in getting a closer look at this fortress; hikers, photographers and culture enthusiasts are all welcome to make the journey to its heady heights and enjoy a taste of local heritage as well as some of Agadir’s most stunning views.
Perhaps Agadir’s biggest attraction, the stunning stretch of golden sands at Agadir Beach are breathtaking. With almost year-round good weather, you’ll find that a beach day is always an option here, whether you want to splash about until the sun sets or work on your tan. There are plentiful supplies of sunbeds and hammocks for you to stretch out on as well as picturesque, palm leaf umbrellas for those who need a break from the rays, so you can enjoy hours of tranquility and relaxation.
Unsurprisingly, given its proximity to the sea, seafood is never off the menu here. With a cuisine heavily influenced by its mixed heritage, you’ll find French and Spanish flavours subtly woven amongst the Arabic dishes, resulting in a symphony of perfectly spiced, seriously succulent seafood dishes. The most common seafood dish visitors will come across is the gently bubbling and colourful fish tagine, a stew cooked in a signature earthenware pot.
Depending on your temperature preferences, Moroccan weather offers visitors year-round opportunities to visit. Whilst coastal regions are generally pleasant at any time, with a standard, toasty 20 degrees, inland is a different matter. For pleasantly warm weather with minimal tourist traffic, it is recommended that visitors visit Morocco in either the spring or autumn. The Moroccan spring runs from the middle of March and the end of May and its autumn begins at the start of September and finished at the end of October.
You will not need a visa to enter Morocco if you are a British citizen, unless you are planning a holiday lasting more than 90 days. For the latest information on travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements.
The currency in Agadir is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
In Morocco, the main language spoken is Arabic.