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A day in Agadir

Agadir is a vibrant city with stunning beaches, lively markets and lots of activites to fill the days with. In order to make the most of your time in Agadir, I’ve designed the perfect agenda to give you the true Moroccan experience.

To start the day, take a stroll down the main beach. During the day, the beaches can be filled with tourists and locals a like; however, in the morning the place is deserted so you can appricate the true beauty it has to offer.

A traditional Moroccan meal
A traditional Moroccan meal

Once done strolling down the beach, hop in to anyone of the cafes (my favorite being a place called Pistachios) to get yourself a traditional moroccan breakfast consisting of coffee or tea, moroccan bread (msemen, meloui, beghrir to name a few), olive oil, honey, jam, and of course some freshly squeezed orange juice.

After breakfast, hang around the beach and soak up some glorious moroccan rays. All along the beach there will be men offering jet ski rides for anywhere between 150-250dh/half hour (about $15-$25). You also have the option of renting lawn chairs and umbrellas for a mere 20dh/chair, which I would highly reccomend doing as the sun can get pretty hot around midday.

Spices in the Souk
Spices in the Souk

Once you have had your fill of the sun, hop in a red taxi and head over to the famous Souk Al Had. The ride should cost about 20-30dh. Tell the driver to leave you off at door six, one of the main entrances. Inside the Souk, be prepared to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of it all. There are over 7,000 stalls containing everything from clothes to fruits to lotions and much more. Make sure to barter with the sellers and as a general rule of thumb offer them at least half of their first offer so you do not get ripped off. Before you go, buy some homemade bread and amelou (a type of moroccan almond butter) to snack on.

Kasbah hill, photo credit Sami Ait El Maati
Kasbah hill, photo credit Sami Ait El Maati

About an hour before the sun is suppose to set, take a taxi from the Souk back to the marina. From there you can hike up the giant hill, Kasbah, to witness a breathtaking sunset. On the hill you will notice three words in Arabic which light up at night to say “God, Country, King.” The hike itself is not very difficult and there is a paved way for you to follow – the ascent should take between 30-45 min. Be sure to bring a jacket as it can get a little chilly at night.

For a later dinner head back to the marina and stop at any one of the restaurants. You can find everything from pizzerias to traditional moroccan cuisine. Being on the beach is a bit pricey, but the atmosphere makes up for the extra cost.

Enjoy your time in Agadir!