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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!
Souk El Had (Rue 2 Mars) is one of the biggest markets in Morocco. The vendors sell a vast range of goods, including fresh fruit and vegetables, fragrant herbs and spices, silver, ceramic and leather crafts. Part of the shopping attraction is the opportunity to interact with the local people and haggle over prices.
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".
Take a bus or grand taxi to the Inezgane Souk (around 13km south of Agadir). Inezgane, a typical Moroccan or Berber city, is well known for its souks and silver jewellery. Tuesday is the main market day when local villagers bring their wares to sell.
La Vallee des Oiseau is a mini-zoo, home to a collection of small mammals and birds. Located between Boulevard Hassan II and Boulevard du 20 Aout, it provides an interesting walk in the centre of town and is open daily from 9am-6pm. Admission is free. visitagadir.com
Taghazout (20km north of Agadir, bus route no.32) is a small Berber fishing village. Surrounded by beautiful, sandy Atlantic beaches, the village is very popular for surfers and sun worshippers. The local houses, shops and restaurants are full of character.
Just 30km from Agadir, in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, lies the exotic Paradise Valley. For the more energetic it is possible to take a guided trek to spectacular rock pools. Excursions can be organised through local agencies.
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. (www.visitnationalparksoussmassa.jimdo.com)
Escape to the Cascades at Imouzzer in the Atlas Mountains, just 60km from Agadir. En route there are many Berber villages dotted over the mountainside and the passage through Paradise Valley is stunning. Known also as the 'honey route' this is a good place to buy pure mountain honey.