If you’re looking for a traditional Moroccan experience, Agadir isn’t the place you’ll find it. But if you’re in search of a Western resort town to escape the North African experience for a day or two, Agadir will pleasantly surprise you.
The city offers a different vibe from most others in Morocco. After a tragic earthquake destroyed the city and killed thousands in 1960, the late Mohammed V rebuilt the city. With a quite literal “clean slate,” the city transformed into a modern tourist destination—quite the contrast from the rest of the country.
Known as one of the best beach cities in Morocco, Agadir’s economy relies heavily on fisheries and tourism. This beachside town is one of the most popular cities in the country. While the city might not offer the traditional aspects that the rest of Morocco does, no one can deny the glory of Agadir’s beaches.
Grab your suit and head down to the water’s edge, where you can rent lounge chairs and bask in the hot African sun. One of the best parts of this city is the semiarid climate, averaging 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23.4 Celsius) throughout the year.
But if you decide to venture off of the sand, take a short hike up to the Kasbah. After a 30-minute walk uphill, the path rounds off to the Kasbah walls. Although the building offers little (if any) beauty or leisure, don’t get too discouraged.
The best part of the 16th-century Kasbah is the view just on the other side of the thick walls. Think twice before paying “tour guides” who offer to give you a special excursion of the Kasbah. There’s nothing to see except the unbeatable view of the city and the bay. While you’re at the top, you can even take a short camel ride around the grounds.
Although Agadir doesn’t offer a vast museum selection, there are still a few worth visiting while you’re staying in the city.
Named after a Dutch art historian and professor who lived in Morocco for more than 40 years, the Bert Flint Museum is the most famous of the city’s selections. The museum offers a collection of antiques, fabrics, jewelry and crafts.
Another well-known museum is Les Musee des Arts Berberes—the Berber Museum. It offers a small collection of folk art from the Berbers, the indigenous peoples of North Africa.
All that still life can get a bit monotonous. If you’re looking for some flora and fauna, there is one zoo in the city. The Agadirs La Valle des Oiseaux, otherwise known as Bird Valley, has a wide range of birds, as well as some llamas, goats and other wildlife. While it’s no San Diego Zoo, it’s quaint and perfect for children.
Although the city lacks traditional Moroccan sights, Agadir offers an escape for tourists. If you’re looking for some quality R&R, look no further. Between the luxury hotels, golf courses and pristine beaches, you’ll leave Agadir rested and ready to brave the rest of Morocco.
Written by Amanda Sandlin.
Photo by mammal.