kingdom of the sun AGADIR Mar 22, 2011
Well located near other hotels and the sea with the town a short taxi ride away. There are small red taxis near by in their dozens but you can hire a mercedes car for a little more You will need to barter to keep the price down especially for long journeys. Near by there is a travel shop to help you find an excursion to the atlas mountains which would be around 100 dirhams each. A long day travelling around so take water. Many hotels along the sea wall and eating places. McDonalds to the more expensive and you can eat whilst being entertained by a quality singer if you like seafood and wish to stay and pay. Not many water sports and the sea can be a little rough but swimmers there are and of course pools in every hotel. Car hire. A taxi will take you to nearby towns or villages. One day in the week the people come from the villages in the mountains to sell their wares and of course you can find the souk in the town and that is worth a visit but be prepared for sellers and you need good bartering skills.
Agadir is a modern growing city. It is clean and tidy and the people incredibly friendly. There is quite a bit of building works going on
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The first tourist city of Morocco Dec 14, 2009
Agadir has a population of 678,596 (2004; census figures for the agglomeration include the nearby cities of Inezgane and Aït Melloul). The population of the city proper is estimated at 200,000. The mild winter climate (January average midday temperature 20.5°C/69°F) and good beaches have made it a major "winter sun" destination for Northern Europeans.
The city is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, just north of the point where the Souss River flows into the ocean.
Agadir is an important fishing and commercial port, the first sardine port in the world, (exporting cobalt, manganese, zinc and citrus).It is also a seaside resort with a long sandy beach. Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafés, Agadir is not a typical city of traditional Morocco, but it is a modern, busy and dynamic town.
Agadir is famous for its sea food and agriculture.
Agadir's economy relies mainly on tourism and fisheries. Agricultural activities are based around the city.
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.
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.
The fish market of Agadir has been turned into the surprise tourist attraction. The reason is simple enough: with the lack of typical tourist attractions in Agadir, all the tour operators throw in the fish market as an attraction. And impressed by its size and its vitality, the tour groupers take it in as a true gem.
Agadir is truly an important fish city, serving both African and European markets. The fisheries outside West Africa are rich, but there is a danger of the extinction of certain types of fish, where especially the Sardines are threatened by high tech fising vessels from the European Union.
The Kasbah “agadir oufella”
The kasbah of Agadir must be the worst sight of the country. Except from parts of the walls and the gate, there is nothing to attract anyone's interest. Yet, there are numerous bus loads coming up here, and watching all the tourists walk around the area wondering "what the heck is this good for?" would be your best entertainment.
There is only one great thing to find up here: the great view over Agadir. And this is is definately worth the 20 minute ascend by foot, or 3 minutes in a car.
On the surface, Talborjt is a nice place to spend holiday evenings. But if you move your eyes away from multilingual waiters and tourists and Moroccan travellers rushing by, tragedy is sleeping on the benches, and dishonesty is entering and leaving the hotels.
European architects introduced wide boulevards, and the simle lines of the Arab house was mixed with modern Western architecture of the same period.
The port of Agadir has started to become somewhat of a tourist trap. The real reason is the startling change it represents from the rest of the tourist's Agadir, that starts just 200 metres from the port gates.
The port is a bustling affair, and thrives from the rich fisheries off the Moroccan Atlantic coast.
The town zoo of Agadir is mainly an attraction for the kids, with a small but charming collection of some exotic birds, lamas and a pond for sailing motor boats.
The Thursday suuq — or market — of Agadir is a pleasant surprise, as it is totally dominated by Moroccans, and it is genuine, and has high quality products for sale. There is however one thing to look out for if you are fresh to Moroccan business culture: any guide you take with you will receive healthy commission on every product you buy. And it is from the money you pay too much, that he makes his best profit!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agadir has several banks, as well as ATMs. Many hotels will change money.
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).
TRANSPORTATION: HOW TO GET HERE
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.
Buses 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.
Shared 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.
Renting 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.
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Morocco - Agaidir 'things to do Jun 24, 2008
If youre after Culture and would like to gain a taste of north Africa for a bargain price then Morocco has to be taken into consideration. After trawling around teletext looking at the destinations I took to the phones and managed to land a week bed & breakfast in Morocco (Agadir) for 159 pounds english.
The culture was of something I had not seen before. Moroccan men dressed in white sitting together for hours at the end of their paths chatting away whilst the world passed by. Pedal and Pop motorbikes wizzing past through the dusty streets and markets of plenty.
The trip to the local Souk market was extremely exciting. Whilst wandering through the mass of stores you was almost hidden away from the outside world. I was awash with thoughts and excitement whilst bargaining products down to 5 and 10 percent of the crazy prices that were first requested. When ushered into a herbal store we were offered every man and his dog and I was lapping up the experience. Then came out remedies for back pain. Me and my pal Scott were strongly against being badgered into buying some and took it in our stride and much to our bewilderment our friend Pete suggested he could do with some before spending close to twenty on the product. Upon leaving the store Pete confessed he has never ad back pain in his life, but found himself saying he had under the badgering. Me and Scott fell about laughing as it was another memory for the file.
The nightlife was not remenisent of cities and towns throughout europe and the modern world however had it's own appeal. bar snacks and scented pipes kept us experimenting and the people were friendly. I conversation with Morocco's Bin Laden look alike was particularly interesting; and we found out infact he was a Greek Language Teacher of Moroccan origin.
One week of the place and the memories live on and offered much to be discovered. Other highlights included the trip to the Berber Tribe Village and a fishing trip.
Highly recommended for those who like culture, but not for those of you who would prefer the commercialised destinations. Would also not recommend Morocco if you are taking children as there isn't much for them to do.
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