Centre Touristique Balneaire,, Agadir, Agadir, 80000, Morocco
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view up to the fortress and the port
camel meat tagine
The harbor wiew from kasbahn
tourist train at the Blvd du 20 Aout
Trips to the Sahara
We are staying for 7 nights in Agadir, would love to take a trip into the Sahara but only ones we can find are 3 plus nights and we cant stay that long, can you do day trips , or one overnight into the desert ? any idea how long it takes to get there ? would it be unsafe to drive in ourselves or is this unheard of ?
Re: Trips to the Sahara
Once in Agadir you can book overnight trips to the desert with either your hotel or local travel companies. Along the main strip you will see boards advertising what is on offer. I am sorry I can not advise you on prices. Alternatively you can easily rent a small car for about 300 to 400 Dh per day, and drive yourself. You will need a map and a compass as sign posts are rare in Morocco ! Take care of the speed limit as the police will jump out from the bushes and demand a 400Dh fine. Include a 50dh note with your documents and you will probably be OK. You will have lots of fun and not want to return to Agadir.
February can be quite cold at night in the desert, but probably not as cold as Ireland.
Re: Trips to the Sahara
Hi, am totally for Sue/Windcity's answer re rental car - the route from Agadir all the way through to the Sahara at Merzouga is pretty much a very scenic route the entire way and incorporates a number of the must-see sites - so if you have 7 days then 3-4 days with your own rental car to get there and back is well worth that time - but yes make the route back via Nkob, Agdz, Tazenakht to Tarouddant and down through Igrhem to Tafroute and over col kerdous to Tiznit and back on up to Agadir with a visit to Souss massa - though you might need 4-5 days to do this depending on how much you can do in a do but doable in 4 - you can go direct from Taroudannt to Agadir but the area around Tafroute is stunning.
this would incorporate a number of the daytrips from Agadir.
If you have a read around the travel pages on Morocco you will get a good feel of places I think - hopefully mine portray a bit of the flavour and sights and that Morocco is actually a rather beautiful country and with preparation a lot of pleasure can be obtained from travelling it independently.
many driver guides do a 3 day circuit from marrakech to merzouga and back via knob to agdz andback on up to Ouarzazate with stops enroute to Telouet, ait benhaddou, Ouarzazate, the Dades and Todra gorges and Zagora so you could do that as well and just enjoy the road between agadir and marrakech as its impressively scenic as well, especially with great panoramic views of the mountain ranges with snow on top, and i also like the route from agadir to essaouira which is with photo stops/slow downs takes about 2 hours, then another 2 and a half/3 hours from Essaouira to Marrakech.
so you have quite a number of route options - have a good map, which helps too work out what you could see in the time you - I recommend the Michelin maps and also the DK eyewitness guidebook and the Lonely Planet - but I dont agree that road signs are nearly non existent in Morocco! I do a lot of driving around various countries and Morocco to me is well enough/very well signposted.
There are also numerous stone markers along the roads giving kms to whichever big place in that direction.
all the best for a great week!
Travel Tips for Agadir
If you're looking to spend a few relaxing weeks on the beach, Agadir is perfect! But if you'd ike to see "the real Morocco" I'd head for Essaouira or Marrakesh instead, as Agadir is very touristy and not that beautiful, as it was built in the 60's after an erathquake.
Sportactivities at the beach
You can come to the beach and ocean for swimming and bathing (picture 1). Be careful because of the undercurrents, look for the signs and flags. In the morning I saw lots of boys who came to the beach to play soccer. (picture 4).
At the beach you can also rent pedalos, jetski's, surfboards and surfski's. For surfing you have to go 150 m out off the beach and for jetski even 300 m. There are a few 'entrances' from the beach where you can go into the ocean for these types of watersports. The first 150 m is only for swimming.
Except sports on the sands and in or on the water you can also do sports in the air. I saw people parasailing (picture 3).
Walk in the Paradise Valley
The Paradise Valley is situated north of Agadir in the foothills of the High Atlas. It's a 1-2 hours drive by car from Agadir on the way to the waterfalls of Immouzer des Ida Outanane. Because these waterfalls dont have much water in summer, we decided to visit the lovely Paradise Valley.
After a drive through the beautiful palm-lined gorge we left our car at the startingpoint of the signposted Paradise Valley trail. Aziz, our guiding friend who knows the area allready from the time the hippies still lived in the valley, guided us to the other side of the valley into the shade of the date palms. From here we made a lovely short 1-2 hours walk first in the shade of the palmtrees, along the narrow river towards the well. We saw lovely places for a swim.
For the walk back to the car we had to climb half way the mountain slope. We had to walk back in the sun along narrow mountain paths. So for this walk you need good shoes and eventually something to cover your head. The views at the valley are really great.
Drinking and eating in paradise....
On our way to the Paradise Valley in the mountains nort of Agadir we made a stop by the fruitstall of Chez Oman. Aziz, our guiding friend knew the place, so he took us the narrow path down to the stream and brought us to a shady place with some benches between the palms. It was a lovely place to have a refreshing fresh orange juice.
The water of the stream just behind the trees was very clear, you could easily see the tiny fishes 'eating' your feet when you enter the water. If you like you can camp here, Aziz told us. He and his friends come here soem times in the evening, bringing food, having dinner and drinks and stay over for the night, like in hippy times.
Look out for the sign at your right hand side when you are in the gorge. We took the fresh orange juice. We could order our lunch here, which will be ready when we are back from our walk in the Paradise Valley. We had to be back in Agadir in time, so we didn't.
Day trips by taxi or driver from Agadir
Hi, I see you are arriving in just 2 or 3 days time or it means April? If its April then you are in Morocco for beautiful springtime and a day trip out would be greatly recommended - also from your stop at Casa too as there are lovely areas up that way that have prolific springflowers around the place
As for Agadir, Agadir is great as a base for day trips - Id recommmend if you have a decent hours to call a day a trip to Tafraoute is lovely and you would get a lot for your time and money doing a very good circuit down to Tiznit though not necessarily stopping there and over Col kerdous to Tafraoute, the landscape all the way is beautiful and back on up to Agadir, you might even have time to stop in at Souss Massa if it is April it would worth making the time - or to Taroudant which has quite a bit to see and you could do a drive out into the mountains near there to see berber villages
- and as John above says up to Essaouira which is a nice drive along the coast but you may have tired of seeing coastlines by then!
Immouzzer in the hills to a waterfall is a nice half day trip. As for herbalists and not going to them I have a tip in my Agadir on a good business who sells good quality argane oil which is very good souvenir or opportunity to obtain when in Morocco - it is becoming well appreciated for its omega content and other qualities. There are actually lovely products made in MOrocco famed for its roses, olive oil, almonds, mint, and so on - the women have been using these as important beauty/cosmetic and cooking products for many many years so a big part of their culture.
Have a look around VTers pages for ideas on these places Ive mentioned - and I have a few tips in my pages as well.
I was recommended and given the phone number of Bouchrib who has a taxi service/car company for day trips and longer trips rather than just a grande taxi service - he apparently has 5 cars in his fleet - his phone number is 00212661178061 -
also good friends from Norway and Morocco have a good friend who Ive met who has a grande taxi and can do day trips away, a very nice guy and reliable who you could also ring and see if hes available to take you away for the day - you would need to ring him the day before - 00212661281023 - his name is Abdallah Gebo
Let me know if theres anything further you need help with, I have further contacts if needed who know Taroudant and Tafraoute very well/live there etc which is a bonus for getting places to eat and shopping such as Tafraoute which is famed for its colourful babouches and interesting shaped tagine pots, also argane concoctions.
all the best
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