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The elegant waterfront
A short walk from the commercial harbour is Agadir’s billion-dirham marina, where pristine white holiday apartments overlook rows of enviable yachts. Enjoy a leisurely stroll amidst luxury surroundings then browse the stylish boutiques for Moroccan treasures and local souvenirs. Pop into one of the friendly cafés for a bite to eat, or indulge your sweet tooth with a delectable and refreshing ice cream.
Laid-back beach life
It’s easy to see why Agadir has become Morocco’s main beach resort; its golden bay stretches for several miles and is backed by a spacious seafront promenade that is brimming with activity. Hire a jet ski or dune buggy for an exciting way to explore the area, or travel by tourist train or camel for a more relaxed adventure. Sunbathe atop soft sands as the waves of the North Atlantic break rhythmically on the shore before watching local street performers along the palm-lined boulevard.
Haggling at a Moroccan market stall is a must for an all-round experience so head to the impressive Souk El Had d’Agadir to do just that. With numerous small shops, this is the largest market in the region and boasts an array of desirables. Take in the vibrant sights and heady scents of spices and leather goods as you browse handmade furniture, artisan clothing, fresh food and traditional decorations. For more unique finds within a traditional Berber setting, consider a trip to La Médina at Ben Sergao.
In 1960 the ancient city of Casbah was devastated by an earthquake that recorded a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale. The fortress, built atop a hill in 1572, was almost completely destroyed and a third of its population lost their lives. Visit the remains at its former site for exceptional views over the bay and city, plus the original inscription above the front door, which reads ‘Fear God and honour the King’. The grassy mound of Ancienne Talborjt is a chilling memorial.