Are you interested in visiting Agadir in Morocco? well this is your ultimate Agadir city guide where you will find everything you need to plan an awesome trip.
Agadir is a city located in the southwest of Morocco. It is known for its beautiful beaches, surfing spots as well as its rich culture and history. Agadir is a popular tourist destination, and as a friendly recommendation, we suggest staying in Agadir for a few days because there is just so much to see and do in this beautiful city.
In this blog post, we will explore the top 10 things to do in Agadir, where to eat and stay and we will also provide some fun day trips from the city.
Agadir is a beautiful coastal city located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in southern Morocco. Agadir is a great place to relax on the beach, and there are plenty of other activities
to do. So without further ado, let’s get started!
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Where is Agadir located?
Agadir is located in the southwest of Morocco. The city is situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and lies about 10 km north of the mouth of the Sous valley. The city is bordered by the Anti-Atlas mountains to the south and the Sahara desert to the east. Agadir has a population of about 850,000 people.
How to get to Agadir from other cities in Morocco
Agadir is about a two-hour flight from Marrakech but it stretches to 4 hours if you take a bus (CTM or Supratour). The fastest way tp get to Agadir is obviously by flying but the bus is the cheapest way to get there.
If you are trying to get to Agadir from Casablanca, there are two options: either you can fly or take the CTM or Supratour bus. The flight takes about an hour and a half, while the bus takes around seven hours.
In addition to public transport, you can consider hiring a car in Morocco and driving to Agadir. This is a great option if you are planning to explore other parts of Morocco as well.
Agadir Airport is located about 20 kilometers from the city center. There are taxis and buses that can take you to your accommodation in Agadir from the airport. Also, consider requesting a hotel transfer from your hotel or Riad if they have one.
Is Agadir safe?
Absolutely! Agadir is a famous tourist destination in Morocco and it’s busy all year round so you won’t feel out of place or unsafe as a foreigner. Agadir is generally a safe place to travel solo, in fact, I would say it’s one of the safest cities in Morocco.
Of course, you should always take precautions when traveling to any new place and be aware of your surroundings but Agadir is relatively safe compared to other cities in Morocco such as Casablanca or Fez.
The most important thing is to not flash your valuables around and to be cautious at night. Agadir is a beach town so there are always people around during the day but it can get quite deserted at night. I would recommend taking a taxi or walking in pairs after dark just to be on the safe side.
When is the best time to visit Agadir
The good news is that Agadir has a subtropical climate which means that it’s warm all year round. The average temperature in Agadir is 21 degrees Celsius.
Agadir is a famous surfing destination, so if you are into surfing you should visit Agadir between the months of October and March when the waves are at their best.
If you are not into surfing, I would still recommend visiting Agadir between October and April when the weather is milder and there are less tourists.
Keep in mind that Agadir is busiest during the summer months (July and August) when Moroccans have their vacation so if you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, I would recommend visiting Agadir outside of these months.
Things to do in Agadir, Morocco
Surf until your heart’s content
Surfing is one of the most popular things to do in Agadir. The city is a famous surfing destination and it’s easy to see why. Agadir has great waves and in case you don’t know how to surf there are plenty of surf schools where you can learn how to.
There are plenty of beaches where you can enjoy racing the waves but the most famous surf spot is undoubtedly Taghazout. This small fishing village is located about 30 kilometers from Agadir and it’s a surfers paradise.
Soak up the sun at Agadir Beach
If you are not into surfing, don’t worry you can still enjoy the beautiful beaches in Agadir. Agadir has no shortage of beaches and they are all stunning.
The most famous beach in city is Agadir beach which is located right in the city center. Agadir beach is a great place to relax, sunbathe and people watch.
If you are looking for a more secluded beach experience, I would recommend heading to Imourane beach which is located about 20 kilometers from Agadir. This beach is less crowded and it’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Agadir.
Hike up to Agadir Oufella ruins (Old Kasbah)
Hike up to Agadir’s old Kasbah for a stunning panoramic view of Agadir. The ruins are located on a hilltop providing a bird’s eye view of Agadir fishing port and beach.
Once you reach the hill top , you will also be able to walk around the remains of the ancient fortress that was built in 1540 in order to protect the city from possible invasions. It’s a moderate hike to get to the top you may wanna consider taking a small taxi ($3) from the bottom of the hill.
Shop at Souk El Had d’Agadir
For a traditional Moroccan shopping experience, head to Agadir’s Souk El Had. This market is the perfect place to buy souvenirs such as Moroccan spices, Argan oil, handmade carpets and much more.
Souk El Had market is one the biggest traditional souks and Morocco and it’s always a good idea to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and get close to the locals.
If you are planning to buy some souvenirs, bargaining is expected in Moroccan markets and it’s actually considered to be part of the fun. So don’t be afraid to haggle a bit in order to get the best price.
Visit Memoire d’Agadir
Memoire d’Agadir which translates to Memory of Agadir is a small museum that was opened in 2011. The museum is located in Agadir’s city center (near Jardin de Olhão) and it houses a collection of photographs, objects and documents including newspaper cuttings that recount Agadir’s catastrophic 1960 earthquake.
Agadir’s 1960 earthquake was a sad event that claimed the lives of about 15,000 people and destroyed more than 90% of Agadir.
Agadir Marina is a place where you can have a bite to eat and watch the world go by. Agadir Marina is located in Agadir’s Old Port and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal while admiring the luxury yachts.
There are plenty of small cafes and restaurants located around Agadir Marina where you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. Agadir Marina is also a great place to go for an evening walk to watch the sunset.
Stroll around La Medina d’Agadir
After you have visited Agadir’s memoire museum, take a stroll around La Medina d’Agadir which is the pre-earthquake replica of the city. Although Agadir’s old town was completely destroyed by the 1960 earthquake, La Medina is a reconstruction of what Agadir’s old town used to look like by Moroccan-Italian architect Coco Polizzi.
The Medina is located near Agadir’s city center and it’s a great place to walk around, do some souvenir shopping and eat some traditional Moroccan food.
Agadir Fishing Port
Agadir port is one of the busiest ports in Morocco. It’s a great place to watch the fishermen unload their daily catch or simply take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy the fresh sea breeze.
The port is also home to Agadir’s fish market where you can buy fresh fish and seafood and have it cooked to your liking at one of the restaurants located nearby.
Have a cup of Moroccan mint with a view at Agadir corniche
Agadir’s Corniche is a beautiful promenade that stretches for about 14 kilometers. It’s the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of Agadir’s beaches.
There are plenty of cafes located along Agadir’s Corniche where you can enjoy a cup of Moroccan mint tea while admiring the stunning views.
Explore Agadir’s crocodile park (Crocoparc)
Agadir’s crocodile park (called Crocoparc) is located on the outskirts of the city. This park is home to a large number of Nile crocodiles that once lived in the local wild wetlands but have been hunted to near extinction.
Agadir Crocoparc now offers a safe haven and similar wild habitats for these creatures to live in. The park also has a botanical garden with hundreds of unique plant species. If you are visiting Agadir with kids, they will surely enjoy a visit to Crocoparc.
Picnic in the Vallée des Oiseaux (Closed for renovations July 2022)
The Vallée des Oiseaux (Valley of the Birds) is a small oasis located near Agadir city center. This valley is home to a large number of birds as well as a few a family of wild goats and gazelles. Make sure to check if the park is open as last time we checked it was closed for renovations.
Day trips from Agadir
Paradise Valley day trip
Paradise Valley is a beautiful natural gorge located about 40 kilometers from Agadir city center. This lush valley features a number of turquoise pools, palm trees, rivers and waterfalls that are perfect for swimming and relaxing.
If you are looking to escape the the vibes of the city and cool off, there are many day trip tours to this beautiful valley but you can also drive there (about an hour from the city center).
Souss-Massa National Park day trip
Sous Massa National Park is located about 60 kilometers from Agadir and it’s home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
The best way to explore the national park is by taking a guided tour where you will learn all about the local wildlife and plants. You may even get to see some of the park’s resident animals such as Barbary sheep, Barbary macaques, bald ibises and exotic birds.
Inezgane town day trip
Taking a short trip to Inezgane is a great way to immerse yourself in Morocco’s local culture. This small Moroccan town is known for its large Mediterraneen market where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, fish and much more.
Inezgane is located about 15 kilometers from Agadir city center and it’s a great place to stock up on fresh produce to cook while you are in Agadir.
Tiznit day trip
Tiznit is a small walled city located about 100 kilometers south of Agadir. This town is known for its silver jewelry and handicrafts like daggers and sabres. The city of Tiznit has a lot of monuments that are worth visiting including historic gates, palaces and of course an old Medina.
Where to stay in Agadir
If you have read the section on things to do in Agadir, you will know that you need at least three nights in this beautiful city to make the most of your trip.
And when it comes to finding accommodation in Agadir, there is no shortage of options. Agadir has a wide range of hotels, guesthouses and private apartments that cater to all budgets and below we have mentioned three of our top picks.
Sidi Youssef Agadir
Sidi Youssef Agadir accommodation is a private apartment located in the heart of the city. This apartment is a great option for families or friends traveling as it can accommodate up to 8 people at once.
The best part about this accommodation is its location as it’s within walking distance to Agadir souk El Had where you can shop your own groceries and cook in the comfort of your own apartment kitchen.
Studiotel Afoud is a great hotel option for solo travelers or couples. This hotel is centrally located and it’s within walking distance to Agadir beach. The rooms at Studiotel Afoud are spacious and comfortable.
The hotel comes of the smack kitchen that has all the equipment where you can make your own Moroccan tea. If you have no idea how to make Moroccan tea, check out our Moroccan tea recipe.
A bit of a walk from Agadir beach, Zephyr Agadir is a great 4 star hotel apartments for those who are looking for a quiet and relaxing clean place to stay. The apartments at Zephyr Agadir are elegantly furnished and they have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
The hotel also has its own swimming pool and spa where you can relax after a long day of exploring Agadir.
Agadir is a great place to visit if you are looking for a mix of city and beach life. There is something for everyone in Agadir and I hope you enjoy your time there. Thanks for reading!
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