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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.
The town's new purpose-built marina, with its trendy restaurants, cafés, boutiques and shops, provides a very attractive setting for a wander at any time of the day, but is particularly lovely at sunset.
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.
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.
Aourir, commonly known as Banana Village (for its delicious bananas) is only 12km north of Agadir. There you can also find two very popular surf beaches; Banana Beach and Devil's Rock. Every Wednesday there is the local souk or market and the village restaurants are famous for their lamb tagines.
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.
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)