- Area Codes : +212 548
- Currency : Moroccan Dirham
- Population City : 698,310
- Official Language : Moroccan Arabic
- Time Zone : GMT – 1 hour
- Airports : Agadir-Al Massira Airport
Airlines landing at Agadir in Morocco include:
- Royal Air Maroc
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Transavia France
- Binter Canarias
Travellers from South Africa can take a code-share flight with Etihad or Qatar to Agadir, Morocco.
Best Times To Visit Agadir, Morocco
Agadir has a semi-arid climate and just two seasons – hot dry summers and warm winters with a little rain. Summer falls between May and November affording around 11 hours of sunshine daily with June averaging around 14. Winter averages highs between 22 and 26°C and lows between 8 and 13°C. January is the coldest month and December the wettest.
Reasons to Visit Agadir, Morocco
- The city of Agadir is capital of the Agadir-Ida Ou Tanane province and lies along the southern Atlantic coast of Morocco at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. After a major earthquake in 1960 the city was totally rebuilt except for the hilltop Kasbah that miraculously survived. Its visible from most of the city and provides fabulous views from its top of the marina, port and Agadir.
- Agadir is Morocco’s top all-year round holiday destination for fun in the sea, sand and sun with over 300 sun filled days, impressive golf courses, stunning beach resorts and along its seaside promenade, cafes, restaurants and numerous places to enjoy alcoholic beverages. Flights to Agadir and available all year round with the cheapest flights to Agadir being out of season.
- There’s a huge variety of hotels and holiday rentals for visitors to choose from comprising 3-Star to 5-Star luxury establishments that include the elegant Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort, located on a spectacular golden sandy beach and for gamblers, the Atlantic Palace Agadir Golf Thalasso Casino Resort is ideal. In addition, there are B&Bs and hostels.
Places to Visit in Agadir, Morocco
- The hilltop Kasbah built in 1541 with restoration taking place in the 1740s was once home to around 300 inhabitants. Vague traces of dwellings can still be seen including the outer wall. On a hot day, it’s a long walk up and preferable to take a taxi.
- The Jardin de Olhão is a pleasantly cool garden and perfect for relaxation. It was established in 1992 when Agadir twinned with Olhão, a Portuguese town.
- The Valée des Oiseaux (Valley of the Birds) is located along a previous dry riverbed in the city and is more of a zoo. It’s ideal for families with children for a change from the beach and has a variety of animals that include Moroccan moufflon, Australian wallabies, South American Ilamas and Dorcas gazelles. There is plenty of birdlife including a walk-through aviary.
- The Musée du Patrimoine Amazigh shows off an excellent display of Berber artefacts, specifically jewellery and enlightens visitors on the culture and traditional life of the areas Berber people. The Mémoire dAgadir is a small museum that focuses on the 1960 earthquake but also has interesting photographs of Agadir from the 1920s.
- Tourists wanting to purchase arts and crafts will find some of the best at Ensemble Artisanal but should also pop into Souq al-Had and Marché Central. For souvenirs, gifts and Berber jewellery, try Tafoukt Souq.
- Agadir is the perfect destination for golfers. One of the oldest courses is the Royal Golf Club Agadir, located around 12km outside the city, it’s a 9-hole course with lush palm groves, eucalyptus, cacti and rose walls. Visitors are welcome but booking is essential with a valid handicap certificate from the player’s home being a requirement. The Golf Club Med Les Dunes affords a 27-hole course while Golf du Soleil Golf Course has two 18-hole courses with beautiful landscapes.
- 33 Yacht Address is an upmarket restaurant that serves mouth-watering seafood dishes prepared by no less than three French chefs. Patrons can indulge in lobster, sole or bouillabaisse. The venue is also ideal for enjoying sundowners with lovely views. Tafarnout is classed as Agadirs best patisserie and provides a good range of crepes, biscuits, tarts, croissants, and gateaux with guests seated either in-door or outdoors.
- The Central English Pub, Jockey Bar and LOrange Bleu are located at the junction of boulevard du 20 Août and rue du Oued Souss where visitors can have a drink at the Pub inside or outside or enjoy a game of pool or darts. The Jockey Bar attracts a young crowd especially for the happy hour from 17h00 to 20h00 with resident DJs. Each night provides a different range of music while weekends are Jack Daniels nights with specials on drinks the whole night through. Its open from noon to midnight.
- One of the most popular nightclubs is Papa Gayo located at the Hotel Riu Tikida Beach. This is the place to be after midnight during summer but is pricey.
Getting Around Agadir, Morocco
It’s not difficult for visitors to get around with four parallel main roads leading away from the beach.
Depending on the heat, the majority of visitors tend to walk as it only takes 20 minutes from the southern beach resorts to the city centre and beach promenade.
Scooters and Motorcycles:
Hiring a scooter or a 125cc motorcycle is ideal for getting to the beaches north of Agadir for a day’s outing. Hire from a reputable company such as Transrent rather than rentals situated along the southern section of boulevard du 20 Août.
The orange coloured Petits taxies are licensed and operate within the city environs only. They’re mainly used by tourists staying at beachside resorts to get to and around the city and are ideal to take to or from the bus station. Always ask the driver to put on the meter. Fares go up with a 50% surcharge after 20h00.
Visitors wanting to travel to Taghazout and the city’s northern beaches should rather hire a Grand taxi for the day. These Mercedes sedans take a maximum of six passengers and are located on the corner of rue de Fes and rue dEssaouira.
Tourists have numerous companies to hire a rental vehicle from with the majority of international companies found near the northern ends of boulevard Mohammed V and boulevard Hassan II that include Europcar, Hertz and National/Alamo. In addition there are plenty of local rental companies, the more reputable including Abid Rent a Car (ideal for one-way rentals to Marrakech), Transrent and Always Rent-A-Car. Rates differ between seasons with discounts of between 10 to 40% sometimes being offered.
Available car rentals with desks located at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and National/Alamo that generally operate from 08h00 to 22h00. The airport is connected to the city by a two-lane highway that’s a pleasure to drive along.
The Petit Train dAgadir is a battery operated train that affords visitors a 40 minute circuit of the city including the southern beach resorts, to the northern border of the beach promenade up to avenue Hassan II and avenue du Prince Moulay Abdellah. The main pick up and drop off point is located at boulevard du 20 Août and operates from 09h15 on the hour, until 18h00.