Thoughts on Agadir

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The view from our hotel in Agadir. We went in early June, not quite peak season, so the hotel was so very quiet during the day.
I went to Morocco in June for a total of 15 days, 13 of which were spent in Agadir.

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.
Ignoring the construction work taking place during my visit, the beach was perfect, made up of very fine sand and stretching for miles. Walk from one end to the other (as I did many times in boredom) and you'll be exhausted. It's long, it's sandy, it's everything you need for a relaxing beach holiday. The only downside to this is having to put up with constant pestering from the locals, sometimes inviting you on camel or horse rides, but more often than not trying to sell you Marijuana. Ignoring them and walking away seems to work well enough, though I recommend stopping and talking every now and again, as some of the sellers really are quite interesting.

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.
Camel riding. I missed out on this, as I was ill =( Stick to bottled water!
If you enjoy the stressful but strangely addictive game of trying to communicate in a language you don't understand, then you'll be disappointed. They speak whatever European language you do.

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.
The landmark hill, with Arabic sketched onto the side.
The area is lacking in any major tourist attractions other than gigantic Arabic wording engraved into the hillside (pardon my ignorance for having no idea what it says or whether it is symbolic in any way), and it barely feels as if you've travelled to another continent. Even the styles of housing and roads look and feel very european (which makes perfect sense when you remember that this country was once under French and Spanish ownership).

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.
Marakkech feels Eastern, and if, like me, that's what you're going to Morocco for, then give Agadir a miss. If you're after a few relaxing weeks on the beach, then it's perfect, especially considering how cheap flights from the UK can be.
rixi says:
Thanks for th useful information. Am planning my 1 week holiday in Morocco and that one helped me a lot! All the bests!
Posted on: Jan 26, 2010
danny291 says:
I agree, Marrakesh appeals to me for culture but I know that Agadir is just a sunning relaxing place, i think its the same with Egypt.. such as Luxor or Cairo compared with Sharm El Sheikh.
Posted on: Sep 05, 2008
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