Atlantic Coastal Agadir.

I have been lucky enough to visit and fall in love with the African country of Morocco twice. A few years ago we visited exotic Marrakesh and exquisite Essaouira which you can read about in a previous post. And only last week we were sunning ourselves in the Atlantic coastal resort of Agadir. It seems like forever ago now though.

We decided on Agadir as we genuinely just wanted to get away from it all and relax. Though its in an African country the city is just short of four hours away on the plane and there’s only an hours time difference. The main languages spoken are Arabic and French.

Sand horse sculpture on the beach.
Sand horse sculpture on the beach.

As soon as you come into Agadir you will notice it nestles under a hill top which has the Arabic words for God, King and Country inscribed into the hillside. This is because Agadir itself is a new city built in the sixties. The original settlement was completely destroyed in an earthquake in 1960, killing 15000 people and leaving 50,000 homeless. The new city was built as a resort around the sandy bay and the king offered cash incentives to settle there. The words in the hillside are lit up at night to remind the people of their homes history.

God, King and Country written in Arabic on the hillside.
God, King and Country written in Arabic on the hillside.

Although Agadir is relatively new it still has its charms as a holiday destination. The long wide sandy beach goes on for miles as does the adjacent palm tree lined promenade. The sea breeze here keeps you cool in the otherwise thirty plus temps. The Atlantic sea can be rough for swimmers and amazing for surfers. Every morning the locals are out jogging and keeping fit. You can hire bikes and cycle to the marina, indulge in a mint tea and cycle back along the promenade. 🙂

The Marina.
The Marina.

I must say we totally cheated with our accommodation in Morocco this year. We decided to go all inclusive, which I had never done before and I must say before going I did have my reservations. All was well though and we really enjoyed our time in the RIU Tikida Dunas hotel. I don’t have anything to compare it to, having had no previous all inclusive experience but it seemed to tick all the boxes. A spacious ground floor room with a sun terrace and sea views, several palm tree fringed pools and four different buffet style restaurants. There were activities and entertainment but I was far to lazy to get involved. However if you should ever visit any of the more historical and cultural Moroccan cities I would recommend staying in traditional town house called a riad which will give your trip a real authentic flavour.

Our hotel grounds.
Our hotel grounds.
there were magpies everywhere! This one I took upside down from my sun lounger.
there were magpies everywhere! This one I took upside down from my sun lounger.
Mint tea.
Mint tea.

There are souks in Agadir but we decided to go on a half day excursion to the walled Berber city of Taroudannt instead.On the way we drove through Argan tree country where we came across twisted trees full of goats ! Apparently they love the fruits which are used to make cooking oil and cosmetics. Berber people believe Argan oil keeps them healthy well into their old age. It certainly keeps the goats nimble!

Goats in the argan trees.
Goats in the argan trees.

Taroudannts impressive sand coloured stone fortifications still remain intact and inside dusty squares and shady souks invite you to wander and explore.

Olives.
Olives.

Spices.
Spices.
I will work off all those tagines !
I will work off all those tagines !
Babouches.
Babouches.
More Spices.
More Spices.
There were lots of cats at the hotel. Luckilly they were fed and looked after. :)
There were lots of cats at the hotel. Luckilly they were fed and looked after. 🙂

Although Taroudannt was interesting (rather like a mini Marrakesh ) we were glad to get back to the coast and the invigorating ocean breeze. Then we were mostly lazy for the rest of our trip. I think we must have needed the rest though! Have you ever visited Morocco ?

Sunset at Agadir.
Sunset at Agadir.
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2 thoughts on “Atlantic Coastal Agadir.”

  1. How great was that horse sculpture? I can’t even get my sandcastles to stand up.
    And I bet seeing those goats up in the trees was a strange sight.

  2. We saw a sand horse oneday and a sand camel the next.Shame they have to wash away. The goats are amazing. Wherever there are argan trees there are usually goats in the branches.

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