The seafront is called the Corniche in French, and borders the long beach of Agadir. It leaves from the Marina, the most luxurious area of the city and runs to the south, which is more authentic. It's a bit like a Rambla, people come just to walk, after a day's work, enjoying an ice cream or eating nuts, but you'll see it's very different from Spain. Young women walk on one side, and the guys on the other side. They barely acknowledge eachother. You also see engaged couples out with parents, or with a family member. The only couples you see alone are married. On the waterfront is where you find all the nightlife spots, bars and nightclubs.
The market town of Agadir has a Souk which is quite far from the tourist area of the beach and the hotels. It is not in the center in Agadir simply because there is no historical center, the city was completely destroyed by an earthquake in the 60s. The market is on the edge of town, it took a 30 minute walk to get there from the coast. It is a very large space, where you can find everything. There are many craft products, manufactured in the Agadir region, but also in the Atlas and the Sahara. It is well organized so you are not likely to get lost, as in Marrakesh or Fez, and it is fairly easy to locate. It is an obligatory place to buy souvenirs before returning home.
It´s like Alicante but with clean beaches which are tranquil and with a cold ocean. All the hotels are like paradises, with golf fields and views of the ocean. The people speak French, Ingles, Dutch, German, but not Spanish. It´s like a resort that gives you no reason to leave.
The memorial museum is located in the southeastern part of the gardens of Olhao, in the modern centre of Agadir. It is a museum that recalls the terrible earthquake of 1960, which destroyed the entire city of Agadir, leaving more than 18,000 dead. The city was left abandoned, and the modern city was later reconstructed. The museum has a large collection of photos, showing the city before and after its reconstruction. Admission is 20DH (two euros), and the museum is open every day until five in the afternoon. During the month of Ramadan schedules change to adapt to the meal times. After your visit, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens outside.
Agadir is without doubt one of the top tourist cities in Morocco. This is because it has a very quiet atmosphere, a special atmosphere with a western touch, streets lined with palm trees, and spectacular beaches where the sun shines brightly all year long. ALso, being in a very quiet and touristic area, you can find a perfect contrast with other Morroccan cities like Marrakech or Fez, because its interest is in the architecture and historical sites there. In this destroyed city, it is almost non-existant.
This is the largest mosque of those found in this Moroccan city. Like all mosques, it is very different compared to Christian churches. Inside, there is no iconography, and Islamic art must be observed in the building: its tall tower, its beautiful doors, its watermarks on the walls. As indicated in the past, even if one of the main pillars of the Koran is tolerance, it is not practised at all in Morocco. Those ve are not Muslims are expressly prohibited to enter these areas, except in the great mosque of Casablanca.
The only interesting thing is being able to enjoy the great views of the beach, the harbor and the city, a perfect vantage point of 236 meters. The Kasbah is a typical fort in the country, which were constructed between the XVI and XVII centuries. We find them in almost all major cities of Morocco. The Kasbah of Agadir was damaged in the earthquake in the year 1960 and has not been refurbished, but very few people today go on holiday in Agadir without seeing the famous Kasbah, and this is because of the view where you can see the bay of Agadir, which is amazing to see at night.
The valley of the birds is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm. Admission is free and it's a very nice garden, near the beach, where you can go if it gets too hot for you. Besides that the valley has a number of exotic birds, animals of interest, and fountains. The birds are in small cages with their name, their country of origin and other information on them. As for animals, there are camels, and small kangaroos who have adapted very well to the Moroccan climate. It's a beautiful place for the family to go together, and there are also a lot of people in the village. If you really love animals, I also recommend the National Park Souss Massa Draa.
The marina of Agadir is a modern, luxurious urban complex, organized around a marina where you can see what are probably the best boats in the country. On the ground floor there is a large shopping mall, with many international brands such as Zara. As many products are made in Morocco, prices are slightly lower than in Spain. There are sports stores, jewelry stores, ice cream - everything is geared to leisure, like the port nearby. You can also find Promod, Guess, Cavalli....a perfect place for shopping, next to the sea.
Devastated by a major earthquake in 1960, Agadir was rebuilt from scratch. We could not find anything special about this "new" seaside resort. The most interesting thing is, in my opinion, its fishing port, which is the sardine capital of the world. The blue fishing boats are charming, in juxtaposition to the heavy and rusty trawlers. It appears that during the auctions are an exciting time to visit.
Also called Jardían d'Olaho. The first day we tried to see the gardens, but we couldn't, as it closes early during Ramadan. The next day we went back earlier for a walk, enjoying the nice, cool air in the shaded areas.
The city hall of Agadir is a modern building, built in the 1960's by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. A large earthquake destroyed the entire historic centre of Agadir in 1960, causing more than 18,000 deaths. The government decided to rebuild the city, which is now dedicated to leisure and tourism. Le Corbusier was commissioned to work on several key public buildings. Of course, the 60's weren't the best decade for architecture, and many of the buildings look old and dated now...
The Zidoun Ibn Garden is one of the largest in Agadir, occupying an entire city block between 18th November Street and Agadir Street. It has the synagogue on one side and the city's biggest mosque on the other. It's a cool place, with old trees, where locals often come for a walk at the end of the day, while tourists generally prefer the beach. There's a play area for children and a few fountains. You can ride a bike here, though not many people do. Workers in the neighbourhood come here to eat lunch and relax on the grass. The variety of trees is interesting, because it includes some that you do not usually see in Europe.
Tamri Talborjt square is in the Nouveau neighborhood, ie the heart of "true" Agadir where people live, while tourism is concentrated around the beach. The place still has four hotels or boarding houses that are much cheaper than hotels on the coast. The beach is a 15 minute walk away, or you can take a taxi for 10 dirhams. The square also has several restaurants which are filled at night with the locals. Most work in relation to tourism and come to rest and relax. The square has a cinema where you can watch movies in French, some in English with subtitles. It's a nice place for a stroll at any time, it is a quiet neighborhood.
The French Institute of Agadir operates under the management of the French embassy, and has various resources available in French. There is a library, with the French daily newspapers, although they usually get there 2 or 3 days late. There's also internet access and classrooms. If you want to learn French at a fraction of the price of France, it's a good place to consider. Here in Agadir, you can live comfortably on 15 euros a day, paying 8 for a bed, and keeping 8 to eat. Classes are cheap, the weather is good all year round, and you're next to the beach ... the French institute organises many cultural events throughout the year that are open to all. There are exhibitions and concerts by Moroccan and French artists. For example; in September during Ramadan, there were many concerts and lectures at night, because during the day people do not eat, and those who do not work are often left at home.
Agadir isn't a particularly charming city. It was destroyed in the 60's by an earthquake, and nowadays the rebuilt city is a series of concrete buildings, large tourist resorts, and no pedestrian centre. But there are a few nice gardens, such as these. They look very Mediterranean, with eucalyptus that smells good and fresh. As the gardens are just a five minute walk from the beach, they're a good spot to enjoy a picnic or escape the heat of the sun. Older locals really appreciate this spot, and it's a nice place to go to get away from the tourist hordes.
The memory wall recalls the great earthquake that destroyed the ancient city of Agadir in 1960. It remembers the challenge that the Moroccan government faced, having to start over to build a city from scratch. King Mohammed V declared that if fate had destroyed the city, then faith and the will of the people would bring it back. These words, in Arabic, are inscribed on the wall, which stands in front of the city hall.
The best thing about Agadir are the parks, gardens, and green spaces in the city centre, which you don't often find in Moroccan cities. Agadir is a new city, having been entirely rebuilt in the 1960's after being destroyed by an earthquake. The government rebuilt it with a focus on greenery, so you have parks like this one, the South Park, which is close to some of the big hotels, like the Kamal and Tivoli. Most people come to Agadir for the beach, and the gardens are a great place to escape the heat of the sun. They are popular with locals, who come here for a walk with the kids.
The sandy beaches, the crystal clear water, the souk, and the ruins of the Old City are just some of the many things to do in Agadir. When asked what to do in Agadir, there are different options that match the tastes of all types of tourists, from resting on the beach to going into the desert for more adventurers or soak in the history of this city.
The sea is a keystone of the city which runs parallel to the coast, so two of the places to visit in Agadir are its marina and promenade, which are full of activities, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and. One of the other things to see in Agadir is Souss-Massa National Park, a must for nature lovers who can enjoy the scenery and different water birds. One of the most beautiful attractions in Agadir is the ruins of the Kasbah and the Old City that were destroyed in 1960 by an earthquake. The view from the ancient city is one of the Agadir activities that you can't miss, especially at sunset. Opposite of the ruins is the modern city, the new medina, which is a one of the popular Agadir attractions for tourists. The city that was rebuilt after the earthquake is a mixture of old and new, modern and traditional, a place adapted to changing times but which has kept its true roots.
Last, before leaving town, buy a souvenir to remember your trip. The best market to visit is the Souk El Had, the largest in the region and one where you can find all kinds of typical products: crafts, argan oil, henna, and honey, among many more.
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