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Agadir, often referred to as the 'Pearl of Souss', is a major urban centre in southern Morocco. It sits near the base of the Atlas Mountains, a mountain range that extends through Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Known for its clean beaches, historic fort, golf courses, and shopping, Agadir promises exciting beach holidays. When you rent a car in Agadir, you have the flexibility and autonomy to enjoy the city's sightseeing and activities as you like.

It’s your choice: Where to go in Agadir

Agadir's coastline, its crown jewel, has beaches stretching over 10km along a world-class waterfront. Enjoy hours in the sun to get a tan, swim, or indulge in water sports such as parasailing or jet-skiing. The seafront promenade is not to be missed, and a stroll on its walkway will bring you to the marina or the dunes. If you can tear yourself away from the coast, drive 7km north of the city centre to Kasbah, a fort perched on a hill. Although the outer walls are the only remaining structures, you can still see the remnants of dwellings. Below the citadel is the grassy area of Ancient Talborjt, a mass grave for victims of the 1960 earthquake that devastated the area. Head back to the city and visit the Museum of Amazigh Culture to get out of the heat and learn. Browse through its outstanding exhibition of Berber artefacts, including jewellery, ceramics, pottery, and carpets. It's an excellent introduction to the tribe's way of life and culture.

What to do in Agadir

While in Agadir, don’t miss the Sunday market on Rue 2 Mars. Relish the expansive display of goods, from fresh produce and spices to housewares and fabrics, before bringing the entire family to Jardin D’Olhao. The serene city park was established in 1992 to highlight the twinning of the city of Agadir and Olhao, a small town in Portugal. It features a garden, museum, and library. If you love surfing, rent a car in Agadir and head to the beaches outside the city. There are excellent surfing spots between Taghazout and Cap Ghir – whereas Anchor Point and Killer Point are ideal for experienced surfers, beginners will find Cherry near Inezgane more to their liking. Nature and bird lovers will want to check out the 33,800-hectare Souss-Massa National Park in Sidi Binzarne, set on the Atlantic Coast. Observe migrant species such as waders and gulls or check out the park’s captive breeding programmes.

Important info about Agadir

Whereas many visitors flock to Agadir for its semi-arid climate and beaches, others are drawn to the area's inland attractions, such as picturesque villages, historic monuments, nature reserves, and deserts. The modern city boasts wide avenues, residential neighbourhoods, and splendid hotels and restaurants. As Agadir is a prime holiday destination, the economy derives much of its revenue from the leisure industry. Fishing and agriculture are also important sources of income, with citrus fruits and vegetables being vital exports. Agadir's harbour, the most important fishing port in Morocco, also serves as an export point for products coming from the south. The city has several frozen fish and canned food factories as well as a cement factory in the suburbs. The only merchant marine school in the country is in Agadir.

Weather in Agadir
Country Morocco
Language Berber, Arabic, French, English
Currency Moroccan dirham
Time-Zones Western European Time
Country Code +212

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Agadir is served by the Al Massira Airport, which is around 22km from the city. As several car rental agencies have offices at the airport, you can pick up your rental car and drive to Agadir. The minimum age to drive is 18 years, although many car rental agencies require drivers to be at least 25 years old with a minimum of 2 years’ experience. People drive on the right-hand side of the road in Morocco. When you rent a car in Agadir, you'll notice that the roads are in good condition and have signage. Speed limits are 50km/h in towns, 80km/h on open roads, and 100km/h on motorways. It's against the law to drink and drive, and you may face a hefty fine if caught. You can also reach Agadir by sea. A port handles incoming and outgoing cargo while a modern, swanky marina hosts pleasure yachts and boats.

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What to taste in Agadir

Moroccan cuisine is a delightful mix of Arabian, Andalusian, and Mediterranean influences, and spices are used extensively. Famous dishes include couscous and tagines. Owing to its proximity to the ocean, seafood is abundant in Agadir. Make sure to try delicious fish or meat tagine, made with potatoes, tomatoes, and pepper, ginger, and saffron, or a plate of freshly grilled sardines. When it comes to beverages, nothing beats Moroccan mint tea. It's perfectly refreshing after digging into spicy dishes. For dessert, sample milk bastilla, a traditional Moroccan treat. It's made with thin layers of warqa pastry filled with fried almonds and custard sauce. Berries or other seasonal fruits may be added in between layers or as a garnishing.

What to bring to your friends from Agadir

A visit to the souks and medinas will present you with all sorts of gift ideas. The shops are brimming with artisanal products and creations, and you'll very likely want to take home souvenirs for yourself as well as friends. From colourful fabrics and handmade jewellery to spices and ceramics, Agadir offers everything under the sun. A bottle of argan oil for cosmetic or culinary purposes makes a perfect gift, as do argan shampoo and hand lotion. Rose oil, mint, eucalyptus, and mint are other gift ideas. For your artistically minded friends, pick up a tagine pot, plates, tiles, or glasses with intricate, colourful motifs.