The Port of Agadir is surrounded by the breathtaking Sahara Desert. Primarily a tourist resort popular with Europeans, it offers a very big beach unblemished by crowds. With Mediterranean type weather all year, the Port of Agadir enjoys warm temperatures and over 240 days of sunshine a year.
Agadir Beach is famous for its long expanse of beautiful sand. This city landmark, over ten kilometers long, is popular for beach and water sports and for family picnics. Beach-goers will find several open-air cafes along the sand.
Aside from the beach, the Port of Agadir doesn’t offer many tourist attractions. The devastating 1960 earthquake made it a very modern town, in that all its historic monuments were destroyed.
The Valley of the Birds, located in the city’s center, is a small zoo with birds from across the world. Visitors will find peacocks, lorikeet, parrots, macaws, cranes, swans, ducks, and chickens as well as a variety of exotic bird species.
In the Port of Agadir’s southeast area is the Suk, an open air market covering over six hectares where shoppers can haggle for all kinds of goods, including a wide range of spices. If you’re looking for excellent carpets, footwear, jewelry, ceramics, caftans, pottery, or inexpensive clothes, this is the place to be. You can also taste the local foods available at stalls along the way. Being so large, you should be sure to remember where you entered the market, as getting lost is easy!
If you want to see history, go to Taroudant just 81 kilometers east of the Port of Agadir. The old quarter in Taroudant is surrounded by 8-meter tall walls that were built in the early 18th Century. Some of the best preserved walls in Morocco, the city also offers some of the best food you’ll find in south Morocco. Surrounded by orange and olive groves, you can rent bicycles or take a horse-drawn carriage to enjoy the glorious sunsets. Taroudant was the 16th Century capital of the Saadian Empire and one of the most important towns in the country. This Berber market town is more African than Mediterranean.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Agadir and southern Morocco by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.
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