Taghazout Beach is 15 kilometres north of Agadir. You can get there by public bus from the centre of Agadir. It leaves every half hour and costs 5 Durhams. While the distance isn't far, it feels like you're entering another world. The beach is full of foreigners, the only people you see are the surfers enjoying the Atlantic waves. The village is nice, and instead of staying in Agadir, I recommend you try the beaches of Taghazout. There are several places for surfing and the common people can make recommendations depending on your level. The beach is patrolled during the summer, but the waves aren't really big. It's rather sheltered from the wind. I liked the beach for its calm. It's very natural, and even had goats eating the vegetation between the rocks. There are some souvenir vendors, but they generally leave you alone, not like in Agadir.
This location is known as the small Marrakech, due to its adobe walls and the shops and markets it has which all full of objects. It can be found in the Sous Valley, 1 hour drive from Agadir and little further from the great Marrakech (more or less 3 hours). It is very well known for its traditional crafts like jewelry and carpets. There are two important markets where we can buy things from, one is mostly dedicated to tourists, and the other is Berber. Next to the wall you can visit a famous hotel, the Palais Salam, built in the traditional Moroccan style, with a large garden.
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 views from the top are stunning, on one side the oasis, the other the people. You pay to enter but I think with a stroll around it is enough. It is just 5 kilometers from Agdz, visible from the road to Zagora, and you have to take a detour to get to the bottom of the mound, then have to walk a bit further even to get on the Ksar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who has visited Marrakech will have noticed the similarity of the walls of this town to the magical city of Berber (sometimes called small Marrkech. It has five gates and more than 7 km of walls in very good condition, built on the bare earth. It is recommended to visit it at sunset when the colours are spectacular.
This place can be spotted from the road to the Todra Gorge, just outside the city of Tinerhir, in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and is one of the most beautiful landscapes you can find in the Moroccan desert. You can enter and visit the many channels used by farmers to irrigate their crops (mainly maize), but the panoramic view offered by the road is enough.
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...
Cafe Mirador Timzzillite is one of the best places to view the deep valley and gorges of the Dades. To get there you have to take the detour on the N-10 to reach Boumalne towards the Dades Gorge and go about 20 kilometres along a winding road. You have to pass the famous gorge and follow the climbing road. Typically, you end up having to stop along the road because of traffic, but these stops often allow you to view the gorge from above while you're climbing. Despite being along a narrow road, the Timzzillite Mirador Café, which is also a restaurant, has enough space to park comfortably. I recommend anyone visiting the Dades Valley that they not stay in the gorge, but keep going until they get to this place from where they can admire some truly spectacular views.
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.
Tagounite is a small village on the way to the dunes of Zagora called Tinfou. It's famous for its handmade ceramics ... When you are in Zagora you can stop there and get a ride. Apart from the lovely ceramics that you can buy for gifts , you can also visit the underground kasbah and the Koranic library. This library has books as old as mankind. The underground Kasbah is also amazing. It's a sea of lanes or rather tunnels, but with houses ... It's an underground mud town. :)
The valley of the M'Goun River, also called Rose Valley, is the major producer of the much appreciated Rosa damascene rose. From the beginning of May the women gather the flowers one by one which serve as the basis for making various cosmetic products, including the valued rosewater. After the harvest the inhabitants of the neighboring villages and people from all corners of Morocco gather in the town of El Kelaa Mgouna to celebrate the great festival of "The Moussem of Roses". During this three-day festival there is a program of folk songs and dances.