Thoughts on Agadir
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September 5th, 2008 – by: rusticated
I came to Morocco expecting something completely different to anything I had experienced before. I expected spices, souques, complex symbolic writing, street sellers, continual pestering from the locals; basically, something completely and utterly different from the westernised culture I was used to in the UK. In Marrakech this is exactly what I got. Agadir, on the other hand, could quite easily have been Spain or France, with only a few distinguishing features reminding me I was across the water in Africa in a mainly Arabic-speaking country.
If you're after a fortnight of lazing around on a perfect sandy beach, basking in the swealtering African sun and not having to think about what you're going to spend tomorrow doing, then Agadir is the perfect place.
If you're after a fortnight of exotic culture and excitement then Agadir may not be the best place. The locals speak every language under the sun (we found two who spoke WELSH! I'm from Wales and I don't even speak Welsh), so they can do their best to tempt you to buy whatever they're selling.
There's a giant supermarket/mall selling food, electrical items, clothes, everything you could really need. There's an English Pub. The roads are nicely tarmac'ed. There are big electronic signs telling you the time and temperature. It's extremely westernised. This may be perfect for a lot of people's tastes, but when I went over naively expecting something rather more eastern in style, I was disappointed.
Sure, you can go camel riding, horse riding, surfing and quad biking (we did all but the quad biking), and you can have a great time doing so, but once you've spent four days getting those out of the way, there really is little else to do and see.
Now, don't get me wrong, I had a good time in Agadir. I rode a horse and surfed for the first time in my life, and loved every minute of that. But I did spend a lot of the holiday quite bored. On the plus side, I had a lot of time to get a fair few books read. But I spent most of the trip wanting to get back to Marakkech. Marakkech in the same country, it's only 4 hours away, but it feels like a different world.
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