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