Agadir is not a typical city of traditional Morocco. Completely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake, Agadir became a modern city. With an airport and 360 sunny days a year, Agadir has built its reputation as a primary destination for a package tour holidaymakers.
Agadir can suit less to independent travellers, who are looking for the real vibes of Morocco. With its modern buildings, European-style cafes, avenues and boulevards, Agadir looks more like a Mediterranean resort town. Or, as my American friend noticed, like a beach resort in California.
As I already mentioned, Agadir was newly built after the devastating earthquake in 1960. In a few moments of the earthquake, about a third of the city’s population (around 12,000 people) were killed and almost 80 per cent of the buildings were wrecked. The current city was rebuilt 2 km further south of the earthquake epicentre.
What to see in/around Agadir?
Although Agadir is modern, there are still sights worth seeing like the old part of the city, the port, the souk and the kasbah. People usually do day trips from Agadir to Tiznit, Sidi Ifni, Tagazouth or Atlas mountains. What I love about Agadir, is the relaxing atmosphere. After a hectic life in Marrakech, sometimes I need to escape to a place, where everything is white and clean.
The beach is a highlight of a stay in Agadir. There are showers just outside the beach and guards. I also love walking in the Marina, a port between the beach and commercial port. It is a perfect place for a family hangouts in the evening.
A few min walk from the beach, you will find little walk-through zoo called Vallee des Oiseaux (‘Bird Valley’). The zoo as well has wallabies, monkeys, turtles, deer, goats, etc. Some conditions of animals are doubtful, but it is a good place for kids to explore nature.
I a less than 10 min ride by taxi, you can visit a Crocopark, the first crocodile park in Morocco. The entrance cost 70 Dh, more information here.
On the way to the bus station, I discovered a “Cinema Sahara” that was built in the 1960s after the earthquake. For only 6 Dh (0,50 euro) you can watch a movie and even smokes cigarettes inside.
Hot to get to Agadir?
How to reach Agadir from Marrakech? There are several bus companies: Supratours (they have a website with the timetable and prices) is located next to the Marrakech train station. The ticket cost 110 Dh, including free wifi. Another bus company is called CTM and is 5 min walk from the Supratours. Bus tickets sold out fast, especially on weekends, better buy one in advance. The scenery on the road to Agadir is a breathtaking and the 4-hour bus trip (with a stop at a restaurant) will pass fast.
The bus station in Agadir is located 5 km from the beach, the local taxi will cost around 15 DH. Alternatively, you can take a taxi that will cost roughly 1000 Dh (around 100 eur), depends on your haggling skills.
Is Agadir worth a visit? Definitely yes, but a short one. This city is perfect for a day trip before heading to the other amazing Atlantic coast towns.