Top 10 essential things to do and see in Agadir, Morocco
If you are looking for a fabulous holiday under the Moroccan sun, head towards 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, family or friends. 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. Important economic pole of the country, it is also its second 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!
1. Paradise Valley
Also called the green valley, this green setting is a real haven of peace. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers and anyone who wants to get out of the city and get a change from the beach. To take full advantage of this, you can opt for a day trip offered by the activity platforms.
2. Souk El-Had
If you are going to visit Agadir, spending a moment in the Souk is essential. The modern cachet of Souk el Had differentiates it a bit from other Moroccan souks, but it is nonetheless authentic! This treasure in the heart of the city brings together more than 3000 shops on an area of 11 hectares. Here you will discover an authentic, lively, colorful universe, where the scent of spices will captivate your senses. Undeniably one of the most pleasant and lively places in Agadir!
3. The museums of the city
Because visiting Agadir is also synonymous with cultural discoveries, you will enjoy exploring the most beautiful museums in the city. Specializing in art from southern Morocco, the Municipal Museum Bert Flint, also called the Tiskiwin Museum, will reveal 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 which devastated the city on February 29, 1960, all situated in a delightful oasis of greenery that reminds one of the Alhambra gardens in Granada. The Amazigh Heritage Museum, meanwhile, will seduce you with its sumptuous collections of jewelry, talismans, carpets, porteries and other objects relating to the life of the Berbers.
4. The Kasbah
This is where the city of Agadir was located 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 236m above sea level, offering an incredible view of the city and its ports. The ascent lasts about twenty minutes while walking. At the end of the day, as the sun begins to set, the spectacle is just breathtaking!
5. Birds Valley
Home of several unknown species of birds such as rhea or Numidian damselfly, this animal park which leads to the seafront will immerse you in a superb exotic setting, surrounded by banana trees, magnolias and bougainvilleas. During your visit, in addition to many birds, you will be able to spot other representatives of the local fauna, such as the magot monkey or the cuff sheep. Ideal for a natural break in the heart of the Moroccan city.
6. The Medina Polizzi
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 city's medina is recent, but it faithfully recreates all the characteristics of Moroccan medinas, from winding alleys to effervescent souks. This is where you will find the El Had souk. This medina is the brainchild of Italian artist Coco Polizzi. If you want to stock up on memories, this is the perfect place!
7. The Portuguese Garden and Crocoparc
The Portuguese Garden, also known as the Olhao Garden, is a pretty corner of greenery that originally commemorates the ties between Morocco and Portugal, through the twinning of Agadir with the city of Olhao. This is where you will find the Museum of Memory which 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 essential Crocoparc! With its 300 Nile crocodiles and its beautiful exotic and aquatic gardens, a visit to 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 for enjoying the sun and palm trees. Whether you prefer tourist spots that offer various nautical activities such as jet ski sessions or windsurfing lessons, or the wilderness, you will be spoiled for choice! And for surf fans, head to Taghazoute!
It is THE surf spot in the region. A real pleasure for lovers of the wave and a good opportunity for beginners to learn about the joys of this sport thanks to the many schools.
9. The Massa Desert
A real gem of nature located in the Massa region, 60km from Agadir, the Massa desert offers a breathtaking spectacle. There, majestic flora and fauna nestle in this natural reserve of ... 33,800 hectares! From Souss Massa National Park, at 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 day trips which 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 the detour and for good reason ... Surrounded by majestic ramparts, Taroudant contains many treasures. Between palm and olive trees, let yourself be charmed by its architecture and its small alleys that will lead you from its Kasbah to the essential of the Medina: the souks! Flourishing, they illustrate the true dynamics of the city. A Berber charm with a hint of fabric, leather, silver and copper, which is mostly found on stalls.
Taroudant is also Tiout. Some 20 km from the city, the small village renowned for its hospitality contains a heavenly oasis and a breathtaking view.
Where to stay in Agadir?
If you decide to visit Agadir, you will be spoiled for choice for accommodation ... From luxury hotels, to authentic little Riads, through aparthotels or apartment rentals on Airbnb, there will be something for everyone tastes and all budgets. In the Founty district, also known as the Bay of Palms, you will find excellent hotels, villas and tourist residences.