Agadir On a BudgetAgadir is a city with a long and tragic past. In 1960 the city suffered from an earthquake, destroying the city including the ancient Kasbah. Approximately 15,000 people were killed, 12,000 were injured and around 35,000 people were left homeless. They began rebuilding the city center on a grid system, making it easy for today's visitors to navigate and get around this city. The new city is full of boulevards with cafes and a mix of 1960s and classic Moroccan architecture. Today, the city is still growing and welcomes European vacationers to its resort destinations. Visitors appreciate the clean beaches, outstanding golf courses and luxurious health and beauty spas.
SightsTo better acquaint yourself with your travel destination, you might want to visit one of the local museums to learn more about the history and culture. The Agadir Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh houses a small collection of Berber objects from the 18th and 19th centuries. Tour the building and find old Berber musical instruments, Berber jewelry, traditional clothing and old manuscripts.
To learn a bit more about the devastating earthquake of 1960, visit the small museum of Memoire d'Agadir. Wander the halls and see photos of Agadir since the 1920s and exhibits showing the effects of the earthquake. When you're done, take a stroll around the adjoining and peaceful Jardin de Olhao.
The hilltop Kasbah just outside the city center is one of the rare surviving buildings from the earthquake of 1960. Built in 1541 and restored in the 1740s, the Kasbah was once the home to nearly 300 people. While the walk up to the Kasbah may look simple, it is actually long and very hot you may want to get a taxi. It's worth the trip, though, because the view from the top includes the port, marina and the city of Agadir. It is simply breathtaking.
For a more modern attraction, head to Agadir's marina. With faux white complexes resembling Kasbahs, this area has holiday apartments, international shops, cafes, restaurants and boat trips for your group.
ActivitiesBecause this city is mostly a resort town, there are a limited number of attractions. There are plenty of beaches full of surfing, surf schools and surf camps along the long stretch of shoreline.
In the evening, consider dressing up with the locals and taking an evening stroll along the promenade of cafes, bars, live music and street entertainers.
Book a tee time at one of Agadir's three, outstanding golf courses. Ask at any large hotel about the bus transportation that collects visitors several times a day and delivers them to their golf games.
Food and DiningEating in Agadir can be split into four major areas. The beach has restaurants along the cornice ranging from fast food to seafood restaurants, fine dining and Asian cuisine. Around the Uniprix you'll find a mix of restaurants aimed right at tourists including an excellent pizzeria. The nouveau talbourjt area has the cheapest restaurants in the country. Most restaurants in this area are meant for locals and tend to be dry (no alcohol). In Batoir, there are cheap grills, chicken soups, cafes and more. This is where you'll likely find the most authentic meals at the best price.
TransportationWalking is the simplest option for tourists in Agadir. The city center is flat with large, clean roads, and it is generally safe to walk around the town. Ladies, however, may have to fend off any unwanted attention from local men.
The petit taxi system uses orange cars in Agadir, and most drivers use the meter. If you see the driver not utilizing the meter, you can simply ask him to turn it on. Remember, though, the petit taxis are only allowed within the city limits. If you're looking to travel outside the city, you will need a grand taxi. These are generally shared with six passengers, or you can pay extra to hire the whole taxi. The main taxi depot is in Batoir where you can find both types of services.
If you're trying to be economical, remember the buses are cheap and frequent. They're especially helpful when traveling to the beaches, but beware that they can become very crowded, slow, and a feeding ground for pickpockets.
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