Soak up the rays and catch some waves
Morocco’s leading coastal resort on the Atlantic, Agadir, offers over 300 days of annual sunshine, a busy port, glossy marina, a vast souk, plenty of green spaces and miles of well-kept sandy shores so far untarnished by high-rise developments. Agadir was levelled by a devastating earthquake in 1960 and then completely rebuilt, making it one of Morocco’s more modern cities and today it serves as a calmer introduction to the country than most. You won’t have to venture too far though to find idyllic nature spots, prime surf and shopping.
Stroll around Medina d’Agadir, a faithful recreation of pre-earthquake Agadir built in 1992 that’s home to atmospheric Berber streets fashioned from local materials housing many inviting arts and craft shops. Stroll along the Corniche and then take a sunset ride on the 50-metre high Big Wheel, the first of its kind in Africa.
There are several nearby towns which make decent day trips. The market village of Imouzzer Des Ida Outanane has a waterfall and plunge pool. Take the two-mile walk down to the foot of the falls lined by souvenir shops and cafes to discover cliffs and olive groves. There’s even a petrified section of waterfall. Try the local honey, made by bees busy pollinating wild thyme, lavender and other mountain herbs.
Taghazout is a former hippy haven 12 miles north of Agadir that’s popular with younger visitors drawn by its calm beaches, affordable fish eateries and excellent surfing spots. Book your flights to Agadir today and start exploring.