A Guide to Agadir
Much like the Canary Islands, Morocco offers plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the year. There are more than 300 days of sunshine to be enjoyed and, with an average winter temperature that fails to dip below 24C, it is the perfect place to relax by the golden beach. Its location - surrounded by the Atlantic Sea, the Anti Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert – gives it a naturally beautiful setting, while the city itself offers all of the cosmopolitan delights you may expect to see in a traditional Mediterranean town.
Unfortunately, an earthquake in 1960 destroyed much of the old Agadir, but the city was subsequently rebuilt with tourism in mind. A new grid system makes the city much easier to navigate, while wider roads and pathways provide much needed ease of accessibility. This week, Pullmantur Cruises takes a closer look at what you may be able to enjoy during a call into the Moroccan coastal city of Agadir.
Large boulevards filled with inviting cafes and cosmopolitan shopping areas make for a pleasant stroll through Agadir’s city centre. It is worthwhile taking the time to visit the Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, where you will find a collection of historical Berber artefacts dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It is also worth taking the time to visit the Mohammed V Mosque which, although closed to non-Muslims, is admirable for its tall minaret, large wooden doors and Moorish influences.
If you are looking for an authentic Moroccan experience that combines culture with shopping, you will definitely want to head to Souk Al Had. With more than 3,000 stalls, this is said to be the largest souk in Northern Africa, covering a total area of four kilometres and you will find everything from tourist goods to spices and fresh produce. Some stalls have fixed prices, while the more entrepreneurial of visitors will try their hand at haggling.
One of the main reasons people come to enjoy Agadir is for the huge 4km expanse of golden sands that form the magnificent blue flag beach. This is the perfect place to soak up the Mediterranean sun and relax during your holiday in a destination that may not be the first to spring to mind, yet will certainly surprise you. Alternatively, a short journey outside of the city centre will enable you to visit the beach of Tghazout, which is a highly renowned venue for surfing and water sports.
The city is generally very modern and offers a cosmopolitan experience and although much of the centre was destroyed in an earthquake, there is still one historical landmark which has been restored and is worth visiting during your visit. In the distance, you will be able to recognise a towering structure which once housed a Moroccan king. Today, the site is a graveyard which holds many of those who died during the earthquake. It offers fantastic views over the city of Agadir and out to the Anti Atlas Mountains.
There are still a few months to go until the Mediterranean season starts up again, but the Canary Islands offer warmth and sunshine all throughout the winter season. As well as taking you to Agadir, you will also be able to relax on the island coasts of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife, as well as the Portuguese island of Madeira. Furthermore, you will also be able to enjoy the all-inclusive atmosphere aboard the contemporary Sovereign.