When you think of Morocco, you automatically think of Marrakech, yet the city of Agadir is a destination in its own right, thanks to year-round sunshine and it’s numerous attractions.
Flights from the UK are direct, which means little, or no, transfer – a huge advantage. EasyJet fly from Gatwick to Agadir twice a week in the summer. The cost of travelling can be cut further by pre-booking airport parking – not only saving all-important pennies, but stress and time too.
Having been destroyed by an earthquake in 1960 Agadir has rebuilt itself as a modern city which sits on the Atlantic coast at the foot of the Atlas mountains. There are many cafes, museums and parks to visit and even top quality golf courses to practice your swing on.
The long, wide beach is clean, with soft sand and safe waters for swimming and water-sports. Windsurfing is popular, if you’re that way inclined and parasailing, if you get the chance, definitely try it, the views are fantastic!
Getting around the city is easy and cheap, but bear in mind that this is a city, so buses can get busy and crowded. If you take a taxi remember to ask the driver to put the meter on, they usually do with no problem.
There are a few sites to visit around the city including the Kasbah (fortress) ruins. The ruins lie on a mountain above the city and are just a short ride away. The word Kasbah means fortress, in Arabic. It was built in the 1500′s but was destroyed in the big earthquake in 1960. The best time to visit is at sunset as the views of the city and port are lovely, remember to take your camera.
A local souk should definitely on the to-do list. Haggle for your souvenirs and you’ll come away with bargains. It can be strange at first, and a bit nerve-wracking, but once you get into it, it’s easy and fun! You’ll find handmade goods, great keepsakes and gifts for those back home. The El-Had souk is a great place to visit and watch the locals buy and sell food.
Another passion in life is food – and Moroccan food is extremely tasty and has influences from has Berber, Moorish,and Arab cuisine. There’s something to suit every palate, as there are plenty of international restaurants, but the local cuisine is great. Lamb is popular, especially with harissa, which is a hot, peppery sauce.
When your meal has settled, it’s time to explore the night-life. There are many large, good quality hotels in Agadir, and most put on nightly entertainment, usually including traditional dancing and music. Alternatively, head down to the beach-front for bars and restaurants aplenty.
Morocco is mysterious, colourful and offers a fantastic break from the norm – all at a fantastic price. You don’t get a better excuse to visit than that!