Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Agadir is one of Morocco’s major cities. This city was completely rebuilt in the years following its complete devastation in the year 1960. It is well-known for its beach and the beachfront promenade, which is visited by plenty of tourists every year. Agadir enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year and has clear waters touching its sandy beach. Winters in this part of the world are quite pleasant with relatively warmer daytime temperatures, while summers are quite bearable with comfortable temperatures. While getting around in the city, there are a few attractions you must never miss:
- City Centre
This is the place from where the sightseeing tours must actually begin during your Agadir holidays. Agadir’s city centre has some fascinating architectural delights worth exploring. Among them is the Grand Mosque, which has a unique, modernist-style architecture. You can also visit the Agadir Memorial Museum, which was built as a memorial to the devastating earthquake that hit the city in 1960. It also has an intriguing collection of black and white photographs of the city dating back to the early 20th century. Another museum you can visit is the Amazigh Museum, which displays a fantastic ethnographic collection of Bert Flint, who was a Danish art historian.
This beach is a favourite among the residents as well as tourists of Agadir. Holidaymakers from various parts of Europe can be seen unwinding on this beach throughout the year, indulging in some exciting activities besides sunbathing. Winter is the best time to be on this beach, as the pleasant weather, blue skies, and warm sunshine create the right environs for you to relax. The recently-constructed marina has also transformed it into a sought-after spot for those who enjoy yachting. There are some excellent facilities offered on this beach for the visitors as well.
If you’re ready to travel about 14 kilometres from Agadir towards the east, you can visit this fabulous wildlife reserve for Nile crocodiles. They were the endemic species of Morocco until the early 20th century but were wiped out by constant hunting. Dedicated to protecting these species of crocodiles, this park also has a wide range of flora. You can witness these crocodiles moving around freely in the environs of the park, which have been created to resemble their natural habitat. You can get some valuable information on this park and the crocodiles from the trained and experienced staff.
When you visit this district, which is one of the oldest in Agadir, you’ll surely come across the high walls of a fortress that survived the earthquake of 1960. The fortress was built in the late 16th century by the second Sultan of Morocco from the Saadian dynasty, Abdallah al-Ghalib. As the Kasbah is located on a hill, the walk up to the fortress would be long and tiring under the sun. It is, therefore, recommended that you take a taxi in order to reach the desired spot and then walk back down after exploring the fortress. However, you’ll be rewarded with some awe-inspiring views of the city once you get to the Kasbah.