Before we get into this repeat after me
“Mab kash flaus”
It means I don’t have money and I promise this is a phrase you will need. To be honest this played a major part on why I spent more time in Agadir than Marrakech. Marrakech is tense and chaotic. Almost to an intimidating level.
Welcome to the Zahir insight on Morocco's largest seaside resort, Agadir.
Agadir is a truly chilled city, everything is easy and accessible. Just the right kind of crowded. It is my perfect holiday city. Activities to your door step, Mother nature blooming her goodness and Genuine locals. It has the right mix to satisfy your holiday Itch. You need to go to Agadir and feel the vibe. I was marvelled at its landscape, its people, its culture and the fun surrounding they have created.
It is important for me to understand the history of the places I go to. If you have been to any parts of Morocco once you get to Agadir you will be itching with questions. Agadir was torn apart in 1960 when it was hit by the biggest earthquake the country has ever see. Therefore will be trading off a bit of history and grand architecture. Howeve, It was a trade-off that suited me because everything its lacks it makes for. Going to Agadir you will be trading historical sights and that "authenticity " of history and culture feel for the holy grail Sandy beaches and turn up. Unlike another city in Morocco, most hotels lay by the sea here.
Here are a breakdown of top activities in Agadir :
1. Small dessert tour
This takes you through the river of souss to the Flamingo birds. A visit to the pottery factory for a mini class and shopping experience. Then to the fishing villages, for tea and a local fishing Experience. A visit to reservoir Youcef ibnu Tachafin (water dam). Then finally free time in the Sahara dunes Where you can ride camels at an extra cost. Then finally lunch at a local Berber house.
Cost - 250 -300 MAD
The journey starts :8:30
The Journey Ends: 4:30
(Half day trip)
Totally worth it, the local experience this package offers will stay with you the longest. The local Berber lunch is a delightful experience of Berber cuisine.
Make sure you wear trainers and not slippers.
2. Paradise Valley - Marvel and Discover hidden natural Swimming pools and lakes
Take a trip down the Immouzer road (Honey road), north of Agadir to Paradise Valley. A drive from the city to the countryside to see the tiny streams, mountain gorges, that sometimes attempt to reach heights of 180m, and flowing waterfalls in the picturesque villages. You will see a variety of landscapes with contrasting colours as you continue through the Paradise Valley, and enjoy some time in the area around the Paradise Valley for a refreshment break in the natural pools. Packed with a variety of restaurants serving delights from Tangines to Crepe. The perfect atmosphere to enjoy Moroccan tea (foot spa on sight)
Half day trip: Approx. 5 hours
you could either depart in the morning or afternoon
Unless you are into hiking do not bother hiking to the bigger pool. It has no depth so it was really enjoyable and I ended up with a twisted ankle no more. however, it was One of my most memorable experiences from Agadir. just chilled and beautiful. That crepe really did help though. I was so heartbroken when I couldn’t squeeze it in for a second trip.
3. Sunset camel ride with dinner
Ride the camel through villages with river Viewsi. Then go back to Agadir to enjoy a traditional Berber dinner.
Cost: 300 -350MAD
Duration: 4 hours (Pickup 6:30)
if you have gone camel riding before this will not be that much of an experience for you. It was visibly more exciting for first-time camel riders. Also, the dinner is a Berber style dinner. Therefore if you have attended one of those( with the small Sahara or any other activity) then there is no point.
4. Boat Cruise
Spend a peaceful day sailing along the Agadir coastline on this boat trip with lunch. You’ll have a stress-free day from the onset with round-trip transport from your Agadir accommodation included. The boat trip will help you see magnificent viewpoints that you wouldn’t discover otherwise, and you’ll also have a chance to try fishing. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be treated to a delicious lunch of fresh fish and Moroccan salads.
Cost - 350 - 400MAD
Duration: Half day (9 am to 3:30)
Bring your swimwear and slippers
Be prepares for a bit of seasickness.
6. Queen Sheba treatment
To go to Morocco and not get a body treatment should be criminal. Treat your body in luxury hunty ." Queen Sheba Package is an invitation to discover the oriental treatment and wellness: Private Hammam with traditional ritual, relaxing massage with essential oil, pedicure, manicure or Mini care of the face. A magic sensation goes through your mind and spirit for an incomparable moment of regeneration." Now doesn't that sound like a treat?
Cost - 470 - 600 MAD
This is a must! packages vary as well as cost. I would not suggest booking this before you travel. Get there then decide the day and package you want.
Recommendation: Royal Atlas Spa
7. Cooking class - 600MAD
Get a close-up view of local life during this private cooking class in a village outside Agadir. Shop like a local, with a local, at the market, then cook up a feast including omelette and tagine. Besides your delicious home-cooked lunch, your day includes breakfast and door-to-door round-trip private transfers
9. City tour with Attraction tickets - 500 MAD
See Agadir's most famous and historical sights get a panorama of the city from Agadir Kasbah. Explore and browse at the Souk Al Ahad market. Enter the Medina Polizzi and admire its unique architecture
10. Argan making class
You can not go all the way to the organ capital of the world and not indulge.
If you have experienced this as part of the small Sahara there is no point taking another class. It is practically all the same
4 Star - Amal beach hotel, Anezi Tower Hotel
5 Star - Royal Atlas, Hotel Sofitel
(All recommendations are based on the teams experience)
Local Tangine restaurant next to Dar d'jaj Restaurant
(Restaurant so good, it doesn't have a name. Best chicken Tagine in town)
Fontaine3 - Best bakeryy