9 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Agadir
The fine white sand that rims Agadir's shoreline makes it Morocco's most popular resort. For many visitors, a holiday here really is all about the beach. But if you want to mix up the sunbathing with some sightseeing, Agadir is a great base for excursions and day trips into south Morocco. The picture-postcard fishing village of Essaouira is easily reached, as are the inland mountain villages, so if you've had enough of the sun and sea, you'll find a host of satisfying things to do that can tempt you away from the sun lounger.
Agadir is all about the beach. This is Morocco's prime resort, and holidaymakers from across Europe flock here throughout the year to top up their tans, particularly during winter when there are still blue skies and sunshine aplenty here. The recent construction of a marina has also made this a good destination for yachters. Boat trips out along the coast can be arranged here. The long strip of Agadir's beach is rimmed by hotels and a host of facilities, including plenty of cafés and restaurants as well as sunshades and deckchairs for hire.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Agadir
The colossal walls of the Kasbah are Agadir's only proper historic attraction. The ramparts are the sole survivor of what was once Agadir's fortified town, built to defend this sea port against attack. The Kasbah dates from the mid-16th century and once housed a bustling population within its walls. The walls themselves and the gateway are well-preserved, and their hillside position provides excellent panoramic views across Agadir and the Atlantic coastline below. Come in late afternoon for the best photography conditions.
Location: Off Avenue Moun
3 City Center
The modern central core of Agadir has a few interesting monuments that make a nice diversion from sunbathing. The Grand Mosque is a modernist-style structure and very unique among Morocco's mosques. For museum sightseeing, the Amazigh Museum (Passage Ait Souss) displays some of Bert Flint's ethnographic collection, in conjunction with Marrakesh's Tiskiwin Museum, and is a good introduction to the culture and artistry of Morocco's Amazigh (Berber) cultures. The Agadir Memorial Museum (Avenue President Kennedy) was erected as a memorial to Agadir's tragic 1960 earthquake, which leveled the town, and holds an interesting collection of black and white photographs of Agadir in the early 20th century.
This newly-opened wildlife reserve, 14 kilometers east of Agadir, is home to Nile Crocodiles, which up to the early 20th century were endemic in Morocco but have since been wiped out by hunting in the wild. Here, in this park dedicated to safeguarding the crocodiles, you can see and learn about these much-feared beasts up close, in an environment that has been carefully created to mimic their natural habitat. The park's gardens host a wide and varied range of flora, both local to the Agadir region and exotics; and staff (who give tours of the site) are highly knowledgeable about both the crocodiles and the plants.
Address: Highway RN8, Drarga
Essaouira is one of Morocco's loveliest seaside towns and its preserved 18th-century seaport fortifications have been stamped with a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. Here, you can wander through the narrow streets admiring the intricate carving details on the buildings and happily snapping photos of its many quaint blue doors. You come here for the atmosphere more than the sightseeing, but the Museum of Sidi Mohamed ben Abdullah is an attraction that is definitely worth checking out. Located in the former residence of a pasha, the museum houses regional art, a fascinating ethnographic collection, and a history of the local musical traditions.
Location: 173 kilometers north of Agadir
Inland, set in the Souss Valley, the town of Taroudant is surrounded by mammoth terracotta walls that provide impressive and historic sightseeing. Top of the things to do in town for most visitors are the many shopping opportunities within Taroudant's rambling souks. Bargains galore are here for wily hagglers. For those more interested in history, a stroll around the seven kilometers of mud-brick ramparts that enwrap the town, with their impressive defensive gates, is a major draw. Afterwards, within the town, head to the Kasbah district to explore the maze of alleyways.
Location: 88 kilometers east of Agadir
Amid stunning mountain scenery of pink and orange rocks, Tafroute is the quintessential Moroccan mountain village and a haven for walkers, hikers, climbers, and nature-lovers. This peaceful place is nearly impossibly photogenic, with is vast boulder landscape that never fails to impress. A visit here makes a great foil to bustling Agadir and allows you to capture a sense of rural Moroccan life. You can kick back and just enjoy the scenery, or there are endless trekking opportunities for more active travelers. Don't miss the Gorges of Ait Mansour and the prehistoric rock art near Annameur.
Location: 166 km southeast of Agadir
Jewelry collectors, you're in luck. Tiznit is one of the best places in Morocco to purchase Berber jewelry, which makes a great and truly unique souvenir of your Moroccan travels. Located at the end of the Anti-Atlas mountain range, Tiznit is ringed by impressive fortifications that are actually quite young, only built in the 19th century. Inside the walls, the old town is a labyrinth of dawdling lanes with plenty of souks selling Tiznit's traditional jewelry as well as other handicrafts. Come on a Thursday if you want to experience a slice of local life, as this is Tiznit's weekly market day.
Location: 97 kilometers south of Agadir
9 Souss-Massa National Park
This national park is prime birdwatching territory, with plenty of wildlife for keen spotters. The landscape is one of sand dunes, beaches, and wetlands along the Atlantic coast and stretching across 330 square kilometers. Some of the birds common to the national park include pink flamingos, ibis, ducks, doves, herons, cormorants, and sandgrouse. Most nature lovers though, come here specifically to try and spot a rare and endangered bald ibis, which is endemic here. The best period for bird spotting is spring and fall.
Location: 65 kilometers south of Agadir