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Agadir

Introduction

A wonderful city called the "Pearl of the South", Agadir is surrounded by a pleasant and rich plain "Souss". Its origins dated from the 15th century when it was occupied by the Spanish and Portuguese, then it got its independence under the Alaouites. In 1960 it was completely destroyed by an earthquake, which killed over 15,000 people and left a further 50,000 homeless. At this date King Mohamed V decided to redesign and build a new city, 2 km away from the dangerous earthquake epicentre, transforming Agadir into a beautiful resort.

Agadir shelters today in a beautiful bay of golden sand, perfect for swimming and other watersports. Its warm climate, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, gentle-pace of living and first-class hotels, makes Agadir an ideal holiday destination at any time of the year and Southern Morocco's most visited city. As the capital of the Souss Region, this outstanding seaside resort is also an excellent starting point for more exciting discoveries - from the wealth of unusual sights in the hinterland to the adventure of the Deep South. With two offices in Agadir, Erlebnis Tours is ideally positioned for providing tours throughout region.

     

The Beach

Agadir is blessed with 10km of beautiful golden sand, making the beach very popular. This popularity among the tourists has led the authorities to take action in keeping the beach clean. The sand is swept clean each morning and the regular patrols keep the beach almost free of vagrants. There are bars and cafes a plenty selling drinks and renting out sun-beds and umbrellas. The south end of the main beach has jet-skis for rental. Alternatively, dry activities like horse riding & camel trekking, quad biking and beach buggies are also available and very popular.

   

Be warned: the Atlantic Ocean has a strong undercurrent that has caught many unawares. Small children and weak swimmers should be aware of this and not swim too far out. 

Things to See & Do

The Valley of the Birds ("Vallée des Oiseaux") (daily from 09:30-12:30 and 14:30-18:00)
This little zoo is located in a gully that cuts across the Avenue Mohamed V and Avenue Hassan II, bisecting the city. Birds from all over the world are kept in aviaries that authentically imitate their natural habitat. A number of aviaries, a zoo, waterfall and a playground for your children make this a great venue for families.

The Municipal Museum (Mon-Sat 10:00-19:00)
Agadir Museum is devoted to the culture and folk art of the Souss Valley and the Sahara regions. The costumes, jewellery, carpets, furniture, musical instruments and tools in the collection were gathered together by the Dutch-born art historian Bert Flint, who has lived in Morocco since 1957.

Jardin de Olhao (daily 08:00-18:30)
This lovely outdoor area has a well-groomed garden and children's playground. The walls and structures in the garden are styled to the original Berber style. There is a small gallery that exhibits local artists as well as a lovely cafe-restaurant.

Ancienne Talborjt
This plateau just west of the city centre is somewhat of a shrine for friends and family of the over 15,000 people killed in the 1960 earthquake. A small mosque and an uncompleted memorial garden provides a sombre setting for relatives and friends to walk and pray in remembrance of their lost loved ones.

The Modern City
Green spaces and broad avenues separate the city’s various districts. Among the best examples of modern architecture are the post office, a successful combination of concrete and cedar wood, the elegant law courts, the primary school in the Avenue des Forces-Armées-Royales and the fire station, with its conspicuous training tower.

The Kasbah
The citadel, on the hill overlooking the bay of Agadir, was built in 1540. The ramparts were restored after the 1960 earthquake. It is an ideal spot to watch the sunset over the sea.

The Harbour
Fish auctions take place every afternoon in the fish market and delicious fried fish is sold nearby in small open-air restaurants.

Golf Courses
Agadir has three
international calibre courses located adjacent to each other - Golf of the Sun (Golf du Soleil), Golf of the Dunes (Les Dunes Golf) and Royal Golf Club. For more information, please click on the link above.

Mohamed V Avenue
The Avenue Mohamed V, Agadir’s main street, runs north-south across the city, cutting it in two. On one side is the modern city centre, and on the other, the tourist district stretches along the bay.

Not to be Missed

Argan Trees
On the road between Essaouira and Agadir look out for the goats climbing in the trees. In this part of Morrocco grows the argan tree (Argania spinosa). This tree is unique to Morocco and produces a fruit like an olive, which is pressed for oil. The goats like the argan too and it is not unusual to see the goats climbing in the branches to eat the leaves.

   

Enquiries & Booking

To enquire about or to book a personalised private tour to include Agadir, please call us on +44(0)7713 615829 or send an email to enquiries@erlebnis-tours-maroc.com to discuss your itinerary and prices.


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