A country full of exotic culture with year-round sunshine and golden beaches, it is no wonder that Agadir, situated on the southern part of the Atlantic coastline, has become Morocco's number one tourist resort.
Morocco hosts a semi-arid climate that mirrors that of the Mediterranean (albeit with less rainfall on average each year).
Temperatures can drop as low as 15°C in the winter months but reach the mid-20s during the summer, making May-September the best time to visit.
Depending on your interests, you could:
• Visit the Agadir Municipal Museum showing a collection of Berber objects such as clothing, jewellery and instruments from the 18th/19th Century.
• Visit Ensemble Artisanal, a shop selling artisan furniture, embroidery and artwork.
• Head out of town to find Coco Polizzi’s Medina, rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed the first one. Be sure to arrange a taxi return when you arrive.
• Vsit the Souk el Had. It’s a must-see with over 3000 stalls of fresh fruit and veg, clothes and tourist souvenirs. Note: The souk is closed on Mondays. There are other, smaller souks to enjoy as well that generally cater to tourists shopping.
Life in Agadir revolves Agadir Beach, with its 9 km stretch of soft, sandy beach and its beachside cafes and watersports such as jet-skiing and parasailing.
Other nearby beaches include Tamraght Beach (25 kilometres from Agadir) and Taghazout Beach, famous for attracting surfers and yogis.
When visiting Agadir and Morroco in general, be sure to observe local norms, including dresscode.
There are four main areas to dine in Agadir:
• Nouveau Talborjt: Home to the cheapest restaurants and mainly aimed at locals. No alcohol is served in this area of town.
• The Beach: Along the seafront, you will find fast food and fine dining, from McDonald’s to Japanese. The fine dining restaurants serve alcohol at top prices.
• Uniprix: A mix of different cuisines and restaurants, both locals and visitors enjoy it here. Restaurants are a mid-range price.
• Batoir: For authentic and cheap food away from the touristy areas, head here for grills, cafes and street vendors serving food from pancakes to grilled corn to snails.
Most locals in Agadir do not drink meaning not all establishments serve alcohol to tourists either. Those who are looking for places with an alcohol license should stick to the hotel's bars and clubs.
There are many surf spots around Agadir, including Imsouane Bay, Devil’s Rock and Anchor Point. The best waves come between November and March. Agadir also has four golf courses that rival some of the best in the world.
If you enjoy hiking, you’ll love walking the foothills of Agadir as the landscapes and surroundings show the rich culture of the city.
Agadir has its own international airport and buses and taxis are readily available to transport you into town.
As the city centre is flat, walking is the easiest way to get around during the days here. There are also petit taxis with meters in the city limits and grand taxis to travel any further. For independence in Morocco hire a moped or bicycle.