Welcome to Agadir

Agadir is very different from any other city in Morocco. Built next to a tragedy – the earthquake of 1961 that killed 15,000 – it exhibits a totally different city culture and architecture from the rest of the country. Agadir was, and continued to be a favourite tourist destination. So it is no wonder that it was the needs of tourists which more than any other thing made the street wide and straight, houses low and minimalistic and which placed hotels between the city and the beach. Some people hate Agadir because there is very little that happens automatically here, while others find it all very attractive. One thing is definatly true: for every year that pass, streets become more and more lively, and more and more Moroccan elements move in where minimalist white houses before have dominated.


OK! So Agadir might not be all that spectacular. And not all that Oriental, either. But as soon as you're down on the beach, it is easy for anyone to really enjoy the city. The beach is all about relaxing!
The beach is simply spectacular. It is clean, long, wide and there is a continuous breeze coming in from the Atlantic which makes it a pleasant place all through the day. The only drawbacks are the undercurrents, which can be strong and dangerous, and the temperatures which can be unpleasantly low in winter time.
For many visitors, Agadir is too modern. For others, it is a functional, open and beautiful change from the more typical cities found all around Morocco: where vinding streets lead you past Arabic houses which sometimes thrive in luxury and somtimes scream out for repair. There is a simple explanation to the differentness of Agadir. After the earth quake of 1961, the idea was that the newly independent country (since 1956) should prove that it belonged to the Western world just as much as the African and Muslim world — just like what had been the case through most of Morocco's history. Styles were mixed for the new city, and the hottest of European ideas of the functional city was implemented. European architects introduced wide boulevards, and the simle lines of the Arab house was mixed with modern Western architecture of the same period.
Agadir has a lot of hotels that range from lousy places that double as brothels to five star hotels with more than one swimming pool. Agadir is stadily getting more and more popular as a tourist destination, and anyone coming here during European or Muslim holidays as well as weekends should try to make reservations ahead. Restaurants and alternatives Agadir has plenty of restaurants, and is one of the few places in Morocco where Western style restaurants manage to serve good foreign food. But still, there are more mediocre than good places around. And as so often else in this country, the price level doesn't necessarily indicate anything in respect of quality. If you really look for some great genuine Moroccan food, step out from the tourist streets and look for the first place where normal Agadirians stay and eat: this is the place where the people who know go. Activities Agadir offers a wide range of activities. Along the beach, camel rides, water scooters and parachute-pulling of speed boats are standard offerings. Apart from that, there are many tennis courts, but if your hotel doesn't have one, you will have to look quite a bit around to find a place that will open to you. Agadir also has a 18 hole golf course. Nightlife Agadir's night life is fairly good seen with European eyes, but fantastic seen with Moroccan eyes. Most dicos and clubs are part of hotels, but they normally allow outside guests. Some, but only a few of these are frequented by normal Moroccan girls, but in most cases when there is a Moroccan girl in such a place, she is actually out working. Moroccan men are numerous in places like this, and unfortunately a good number of these are de facto prostitutes too: looking for Western women with whom they will spend time and have all expenses paid as well as expecting a gift. But just like with women , a good number of the men are just out having fun. Change Money Agadir has several banks, as well as ATMs. Many hotels will change money. Transportation Agadir has buses passing through just east of the Talborjt up town. But most of the traffic from Agadir is served through Inezgane. In order to get to Inezgane, you will have to jump on a bus (easy, cheap) or take a taxi (easy, not expensive if you know how much to pay). How to get there Agadir has good connections with all possible destination. Air planes bring you to most destinations in Morocco, even in southern direction. There are even internatioal flights on Agadir. Most of these are chartered flights, as tourism is the main activity down here. For many europeans, Agadir is the most affordable destination in North Africa. Morocco imageBuses are preferred by most Moroccan travellers, but has a tendency of becoming full quickly, much because Agadir is only a stop on the way south or north. Morocco imageShared taxis could have been easier to use in Agadir, as you have to go to the neighbouring Inezgane (10 km south) (which is part of larger Agadir) to get one. Hired taxis, a bit more expensive, can be ordered to come to your hotel, but a company of six (the maximum number of passengers in a Moroccan taxi) pay more each than they would do in a normal, shared taxi, which has fixed rates. Morocco imageRenting a car in Agadir is easy, and a little bit less expensive than in other parts of Morocco. At around 2500- 3000 dh a week (all included, except gaz) a small car is at your disposal, and small villages can be reached easily. The cheapest deals are normally with the company Tourist Cars, but my last experience with them was a car that almost killed me. Of the cheap companies, Afric Cars is the best.

 

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