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Perfect year-round weather, beaches to die for and prices that won’t break the bank balance; this pretty much sums up what Morocco’s premier resort Agadir is all about.
Agadir promises more than 300 days of sunshine a year, plenty of the sandy stuff – 10 kilometres in all – and beautifully warm waters that are enticing even in the depths of winter. And because this city was destroyed in an earthquake back in 1960, you can expect a modern resort built specifically with the tourist in mind, complete with five star hotels, self-catering apartments and a beachfront packed with bars, cafes and restaurants galore.
And when you’re not relaxing on the beach or ordering cocktails from the bar of your hotel pool, you’ll probably be taking some jet-skis out for a spin, driving some quad bikes into the desert, or having a go at a spot of camel trekking. Oh, and let’s not forget those golf courses – all three of them!
Get a wonderful bird's-eye view of Agadir from the old Kasbah. Only the walls of the ancient town remain as a memorial to the thousands who died in a devastating earthquake in 1960. The hillside below lights up at night with fluorescent Arabic writing that translates as "God, King and Country".
Banana Beach provides a stunning backdrop for the colourful array of fresh produce on display at the Wednesday market (souk) in the village of Aourir, just 12km from Agadir. You can get there by bus for six dirhams (€0.50).
The best way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Souss Massa National Park is by jeep safari. You may be lucky enough to spot the rare bald ibis bird, which only breeds in this area of Morocco. visitnationalparksoussmassa.jimdo.com
The Souss-Massa National Park stretches along the coast for more than 80km south of Agadir. There are many beautiful beaches, villages and fishing harbours to visit within the park, making a day trip well worth the effort.