Visiting Agadir: what are the best things to do and see in this city nicknamed "the pearl of Morocco"?.
If you are looking for a fabulous holiday under the Moroccan sun, head to Agadir. Located in the South of Morocco, this large seaside resort with a mild climate is increasingly popular with all those looking for unforgettable memories as a couple, with family, or with friends. A former city of agriculture and fishing, it was completely rebuilt after the devastating earthquake in 1960. Agadir has become today the symbol of modernity in Morocco. An important economic hub of the country, it is also its second-largest tourist city. Its generous sun, its splendid and varied landscapes, its warm atmosphere and the wide range of activities that this city offers promise you a busy holiday!
Wondering what to do in Agadir?
1. The Valley of Paradise
Also called the green valley, this green setting is a true haven of peace. It is the ideal place for nature lovers and anyone who wants to get out of the city a little and change from the beach. To take full advantage of it, you can opt for a day trip offered by the activity platforms.
2. Souk el Had
If you are going to visit Agadir, spending some time at the Souk is a must. The modern character of Souk el Had differentiates it a little from other Moroccan souks, but is no less authentic! This treasure in the heart of the city includes more than 3000 shops on an area of 11 hectares. Here you will discover an authentic universe, alive, all in color, where the scent of spices will enchant your senses. Undeniably one of the most pleasant and lively places in Agadir!.
3. The city's museums
Because visiting Agadir is also synonymous with cultural discoveries, you will enjoy exploring the most beautiful museums in the city. Specializing in the art of southern Morocco, the Bert Flint Municipal Museum, also known as the Tiskiwin Museum, will unveil a sublime collection of traditional Moroccan objects from the Saharan region and the Sousse Valley.
The Museum of Memory preserves the history of the terrible earthquake that ravaged the city on February 29, 1960, all located in a beautiful oasis of greenery that recalls the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada. The Amazigh Heritage Museum, meanwhile, will seduce you with its sumptuous collections of jewelry, talismans, carpets, porters, and other objects relating to the life of the Berbers.
4. The Kasbah
This is where the city of Agadir was before the terrible earthquake. The Kasbah was a fortress, built in 1540, to protect the city from the assaults of the Portuguese. The ruins of its ramparts and its entrance are the only remains of the architectural heritage of Agadir.
You will discover a truly majestic site perched at a height of 236 m above sea level, offering an incredible view of the city and its ports. The ascent lasts about twenty minutes of walking. At the end of the day, as the sun begins to set, the show is just breathtaking!
5. The Valley of the Birds
Home to several unknown species of birds such as nandous or Numidian damselflies, this animal park that leads to the waterfront will immerse you in a superb exotic setting, in the middle of banana trees, magnolias, and bougainvillea.
During your visit, in addition to many birds, you will be able to see other representatives of the local fauna, such as the monkey magot or the cuffed sheep. Ideal for a nature break in the heart of the Moroccan city.
6. The Polizzi Medina
If you are wondering what to do in Agadir, know that a visit to the medina, the old city, is essential. The experience is unique since the medina of the city is recent, but it faithfully recreates all the characteristics of the Moroccan medinas, from winding alleys to effervescent souks. This is where you will find the El Had souk.
This medina is the fruit of the imagination of the Italian artist Coco Polizzi. If you want to stock up on souvenirs, this is the ideal place!
7. The Portuguese Garden and Crocoparc
The Portuguese garden, also called Olhao Garden, is a pretty corner of greenery that originally commemorates the links between Morocco and Portugal, through the twinning of Agadir with the city of Olhao. This is where you will find the Museum of Memory that we told you about a little earlier. You will undoubtedly appreciate this green space, conducive to relaxation.
For a more reptilian experience, go to the unmissable Crocoparc! With its 300 Nile crocodiles and beautiful exotic and aquatic gardens, visiting the park promises enriching memories for young and old.
8. The beaches of Agadir
Considered one of the most beautiful in North Africa, with more than six kilometers of fine sand, the bay of Agadir is ideal to enjoy the sun and palm trees. Whether you prefer tourist corners that offer various water activities such as jet ski sessions or windsurfing lessons, or wilder areas, you will be spoilt for choice! And for surf fans, head to Taghazoute!.
It is THE surf spot in the region. A real delight for lovers of the wave and a good opportunity for beginners to learn the joys of this sport thanks to the many schools.
9. The desert of Massa
A true jewel of nature located in the Massa region 60km from Agadir, the Massa desert offers a breathtaking spectacle. There, majestic fauna and flora nestle in this nature reserve of... 33,800 hectares! From the Souss Massa National Park to the Youssef Ben Tachfine water dam to the dunes of the so-called "Little Sahara": the region promises you an immersive experience.
To take full advantage of it, opt for the day tours that will allow you to enjoy the excursion in due form.
10. Taroudant and the oasis of Tiout
Nicknamed "Little Marrakech", Taroudant preserves within it a heritage that it would be a shame not to discover during your stay in Agadir. The day trip is worth a visit and for good reason... Surrounded by majestic ramparts, Taroudant contains multiple treasures. Between palm trees and olive trees, let yourself be charmed by its architecture and its small streets that will lead you from its Kasbah to the must-see of the Medina: the souks! Flourishing, they illustrate the true dynamics of the city. A Berber charm connoted with fabric, leather, silver, and copper that is mostly found on the stalls.
Taroudant is also Tiout. Some 20 km from the city, the small village renowned for its hospitality contains a paradisiacal oasis and a breathtaking view. It is also his land that gave the answer to Fernandel in 1954 for the famous film "Ali Baba and the 40 thieves".
11. A boat ride
You have explored the beaches of Agadir and you are now looking for another adventure? Opt for the boat ride! Indeed, by renting a boat in Agadir, you offer yourself the assurance of a quiet day on the Moroccan coast.
You can then go on excursions that will offer you great views of its most beautiful beaches. If you do not have a boat license, consider using the services of a skipper, who will take you to remote corners where you can swim, in the middle of the Ocean.
How to get to Agadir?
If you want to visit Agadir, nothing could be simpler! Flying remains the fastest way to get there.
Agadir Al Massira International Airport is located 25 kilometers from the city center, reached by bus which offers a departure every 30 minutes. In particular, you can opt for a private transfer: a driver will pick you up as soon as you arrive at the airport before driving you to the place of your choice.
Where to stay in Agadir?
If you decide to visit Agadir, you will be spoilt for the choice to stay... From luxury hotels to small authentic Riads, to apart-hotels or apartment rentals on Airbnb, there will be something for every taste and budget. In the Founty district, also known as the Bay of Palms, you will find excellent hotels, villas, and tourist residences.