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.
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. 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.
The magnificent coastline of Agadir, provides ample opportunities for sunbathers and water-sports enthusiasts alike. The beach at Taghazout has become somewhat of a surfer’s paradise with consistent, even ‘breaks’ all year round. Surf schools offer great rates for learning at Taghazout, and you’re sure to find plenty of English and Aussie instructors to help get you on your feet. Experienced surfers will also be shown the local top-secret surf spots – but with names like ‘Killer Point’ and ‘Boilers’ we’re sure these aren’t for the faint-hearted!
For those after a more gentle way to spend an afternoon, why not explore the cultural village known as ‘La Medina d’Agadir’, located on the outskirts of Agadir city. The village is a faithful reconstruction of Agadir’s old ‘Medina’ (North Africa’s equivalent of a European ‘Old Town’), that was destroyed by the devastating earthquake in the 1960s. At the village you’ll be able to learn about traditional Moroccan art, architecture, handicrafts and manufacturing; all set within maze-like winding streets and sheltered alcoves.
Icelolly’s favourite Agadir excursion has to be a 4x4 expedition into the Atlas Mountains. The mountains can be reached in just a couple of hours and hold some of Africa’s most incredible scenery. Explorers will encounter gigantic boulders rising out of high plateaus and magnificent waterfalls cascading down canyons of blushing pink rock. Along the way you could even stop off at a local village and get to know some of the native Berber people, who have become famous for their extraordinary hospitality.
Agadir is a great place to track down the origins of the Moroccan flavours that now form a major part of world cuisine. The tourist resorts of Agadir normally do a great job of providing traditional Moroccan fare alongside the usual international favourites. However if you want to experience the true intensity of Moroccan flavour you’ll have to track down where the locals eat.
Most of Agadir’s citizens live in the Talborjt district. Restaurants in this area may not have all the mod-cons of the tourist resorts but the food is usually of a much better quality and offers truly outstanding value. It is worth remembering that, unlike the tourist resorts, ‘local’ restaurants are much less likely to serve alcohol, particularly during Ramadan.
Dishes to look out for include the traditional lentil soup known as Harira, meat stews cooked in the famous pointed Tagine pots and the Moroccan take on the good old fashioned meat pie, known as Bastilla.