A major coastal city in the southern part of Morocco, Agadir can provide a welcome splash of colour for Brits on holiday. The city is almost tailor made for tourists, and has expanses of beaches waiting for sunbathers and sightseers to enjoy. However, there is more to this city than just the sand as the city of Agadir was completely rebuilt following an earthquake in the sixties. Despite this, the city has managed to retain its character and still has a uniquely Moroccan charm.
Due to Agadir’s location on the Atlantic coast of Africa, near to the Atlas Mountains, it tends to have warm summers followed by relatively mild winters. While it can on occasion be a little windy, rain is much less of a possibility for travellers, and temperatures on average remain around the high double digits.
The undeniable highlight of Agadir is the remarkable Blue Flag beach that stretches out along 9 kilometres of the Atlantic Ocean. The Blue Flag certification means that the beach is guaranteed to be clean, safe and well maintained. Almost all of the main tourist resorts are situated along this stretch of coastline, meaning golden sands can normally be found right on your doorstep.
The coastline of Agadir also happens to be one of the best places in the world to learn how surf, providing consistent and manageable waves for all abilities. From beginner to expert, taking to the waves would be a great way to view the city from another perspective.
Whether you’re haggling for some handmade goods in a traditional market or sampling the iconic local cuisine, the city has a wealth of attractions to draw you away from the beach.
Agadir is also situated in close proximity to the Atlas Mountains and some stunningly surreal scenery. Within just a day’s excursion from the city, tourists can find themselves transported into a bizarre alien moonscape that has been used as a filming location for countless Hollywood films.
If you are after a more leisurely holiday, there are golf courses in the area, as well as a zoo. The ruins of a fortress overlook Agadir, making it the perfect stop for a bit of history, while shoppers can lose themselves in the thousands of stalls at Souk El Had.
There are a number of places in Agadir where you can find delicious food, including near to the beach. As such, you won’t have to travel too far to find somewhere that suits your tastes. With Indian, seafood, and standard fast food restaurants in the area, you could even try something different every day.
Street vendors also operate in the tourist zones, many of which provide a type of sweet fried bread. This delicacy is the African take on the donut and can be great for a quick snack.
As the city caters for tourists, its nightlife is well equipped when it comes to European revellers on cheap Agadir holidays. For example, live music and cocktails can be found at the Piano Bar, while the 24-hour Jour et Nuit has a large terrace on which to enjoy a cold beverage. A taste of home may also be found at an aptly named venue called The Pub.