pop up description layer

Agadir Travel Guide

 

INTRODUCTION:

Agadir is a southwestern city of Morocco and one of the major cities of the country. It is the capital of Agadir Province and situated between the shore of Atlantic Ocean foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

Surrounded by the Sahara Desert and located in close proximity to many beaches, Agadir is popular resort for tourists and travelers. It is especially a good place to escape European winters, thus European tourists visit the city in large numbers. Unlike other major cities of the world, Agadir is less known for business activities and is more of a holiday destination.

The city has low population, exotic beaches, natural parks and much scenic beauty to draw tourists to get a flight to Agadir. The city boasts paved roads, modern restaurants and cafes and world class hotels which complete it as a holiday resort.    

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Beach:

Since Agadir has specifically been designed for tourism, the city is more Spanish than Moroccan. There is a long beach where the cool breeze blows to provide a therapeutic environment. It is not very crowded and a favorite spot for beach lovers. Stylish cafes line the beach and many water sports activities have been made available at the beach.  

Fortress:

There was once a Muslim fortress atop the hill beside the city. Today, a part of the fortress stands to attract history lovers and explore the ancient Berber lifestyle of the city. From the hilltop, beautiful views of Atlas Mountains and the seafront can be taken.   

The Zoo:

Agadir has a small zoo which is also known as Vallée des Oiseaux. The zoo is home to a number of beautiful birds brought from almost every corner of the world. This distinguished Vallée des Oiseaux from any other zoo in the world. In addition, there are also many species of wildlife, some of which are unique to the Atlas Mountain region. For children, there is a small play park as well.

Souk:

Shopping in Agadir can be mind blowing. There is a big Souk set around a square and offers the very best of Moroccan handicrafts. Most of these handicrafts are prepared outside Agadir but the reason why Agadir is a better option to shop them is the price difference. Shops in this city sell products at much lower prices than other Moroccan cities. Tourists interested in local handicrafts often get Agadir flights from other Moroccan cities to shop in bulk yet save money.

Nightlife:

Agadir, being a highly touristy spot has been bestowed with much enjoyment facilities for westerners. There are a number of restaurants in the city offering excellent local as well as international cuisines. In addition, music and entertainment is a pert of these eat-out venues. New Talbourjit is where one can find the cheapest restaurants while Uniprix is home to a number of restaurants, good for tourists as well as locals but is mid-range. The Beach is the best option for tourists as far as international cuisines and delectable sea foods are concerned but the place is also quite expensive.    

Parks:

There are a number of parks in the city like Jardin Olhao and Jardin Ibn Zaidoun that are highly regarded by the tourists. Jardin Olhao is more history oriented and tells the tales of Morocco’s ties with Portugal. Jardin Ibn Zaidoun is a typical beautified garden where people can roam around amidst the vibrancy of colorful flowers and tranquil environment.

Musuems:

The city of Agadir is home to five popular museums namely; Musee Bert Flint, Le Sicillen Coco Polizzi, Le Musse des Arts Berbers, Musee Municipal de Agadir and Musee de Talborjit which is also called La Casbah.

Musee Bert Flint: is home to ancient Berber crafts, jewels, fabrics and artifacts from Moroccan theatrical arts.

Musee de Talborjit: is an area, comprising ruins of a 16th century Portuguese city. It was destroyed in an earthquake.

Le Musee des Arts Berbers: houses 19th century Berber collections of carpets, cases and other daily use items.

Musee Municipal de Adagir portrays the craft expertise of southern Morocco while Sicillen Coco Polizzi comprises an area with many white buildings and narrow streets. The streets are lined with small shops and craftsmen working.     

WEATHER:  

To promote tourism in the city, cheap flights to Agadir have been made widely available. Hence tourists fly to the city all year round but mid-year, due to high rainfalls, flights reduce slightly in numbers.

1st Quarter:

The temperature ranges for the months of January, February and March remain 7oC-20oC, 9oC-21oC and 11oC-23oC respectively. Humidity shows a different trend, decreasing from 72% in January to 70% in February and then growing back to 72% in March. Precipitation decreases for the three months from 5cm in the first to 7cm in second and 6cm in the third. January and February see sunlight, daily for 8 hours while March enjoys it for 9 hours.   

2nd Quarter:

Precipitation of 2cm in April further decreases to 1cm in May and becomes non-existent until June. April and May enjoy 10 hours of daily sunshine which slightly reduces until June but still the June experiences more than 9 hours of daily sunshine. Temperatures range from 13oC-23oC in April, 14oC-24oC in May and 17oC-25oC in June. Humidity decreases from 74% in April to 735 in May to rise up to 76% in June.   

3rd Quarter:

July and August are the most humid months of the year in Agadir with a humidity level of 77%.  This however decreases to 76% in September. July sees no rainfall at all but August experiences a little bit of it which has been measured to be lower than 1cm. September experiences 1cm of precipitation. July sees 9 hours of daily sunshine while August and September see 8.5 hours of it. During July and August, temperature does not fall below 18oC and this average minimum temperature decreases to 17oC be September. Maximum daily temperature experienced by July is 26oC and that for August and September is 27oC.

4th Quarter:

For the months of October, November and December, temperature ranges are 15oC-26oC, 12oC-24oC and 8oC-21oC respectively. In October, sun shine for 8 hours daily but in November and December, this time reduces to 7.5 hours. Rainfalls, on the other hand, seem to increase from 2cm in October to 3cm in November and 4cm in December. As opposed to bug changes in temperatures, humidity reduces slightly from 74% in October to 71% in December through 72% in November.