Excursions from Agadir
Tafraout & Tiznit - 7am - 7pm - up the Atlas mountains to see spectacular views; visit Tafraout with homes built into the rock; see an original “Agadir” which is a fortified granary; visit Tiznit, the former silver capital. Gets a bit dull halfway through as you become too familiar with the scenery. Tour operator price 490Dh. You can also do a trip to Tiznit by taxi from El Batwaar.
Marrakech 2 days or 1 day. All tour operators offer trips to Marrakech which should not be missed. Starts at 6:30 am and ends at midnight. City tour may include medina, Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Jemma el Fna square and souks. You are given free time to roam for a few hours before having a Moroccan dinner early in the evening with with belly dancer and/or musicians. Return to Agadir for midnight. Your stay in Marrakech is about 8 hours on the day trip excluding road time. Tour operator price for 2 day trip costs around 1600Dh (single room supplement chargeable at around 200Dh) and may include a stop at Essaouira on the return journey.
Should you wish to do this journey on your own, there are 2 reccomended and reliable national coach (bus) service companies.
1. CTM - Agadir to Marrakech costs approx 100Dh each way. For Timetable information visit: www.ctm.ma. The website is in French but is easy to understand.
2. Supratours - have frequent daily services to Marrakech, the coach departs from the Gare Routiere which is the main bus station near Souk al Had. You should get a petit taxi (small orange vehicle) to the Gare which should cost about 15Dh.
Buy your ticket from the Supratours office on Rue des Oranges at the end of Ave Hassan II in the tourist sector a day or two in advance to guarantee seats. The ticket will have time of departure printed on it although departure times may vary. Your seat allocation will also be printed on the ticket but if it’s not crowded then choose your own seat as long as no-one objects.
There are two routes to Marrakech; the old route through the mountains which is picturesque but the journey takes five hours so set off as early as you can. There will be a stop halfway for snack and toilet facility which will be somewhere in the mountains.
The newer and shorter route is via the recently opened motorway (toll road) and costs approx. 100Dh with a journey time of three hours; this also departs from the Gare Routiere.
When arriving in Marrakech, buy your return ticket immediately as coaches can fill up fast. When getting off the bus you may be approached by men trying to convince you that you need a guide, whether or not you take up the offer is your decision but you are advised not to use them as it is easy to get around with a reasonably good map; they will also offer to find you accommodation at a substantial increase so they can earn a hefty commission as they will when taking you into herbalists and carpet sellers.
If planning to stay overnight, you should ideally stay in a riad, or guest house, close to the square (eg Riad Doha) within the medina which is the old part of the city. Riads can be pretty expensive, upwards of €45 is common but wherever you stay, be aware that street lighting is ot always available.
Bus route via mountains:
Agadir to Marrakech: Supratours coach times 0400, 0830, 1330, 1829 and 2330.
Marrakech to Agadir: Supratours coach times 0845, 1230, 1430, 1500 and 1900.
New route on motorway:
Agadir to Marrakech: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:30, 23:59
Marrakech to Agadir: 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30, 20:30, 22:30
There is also a two day trip which includes a hotel stay overnight and stop at Essaouira on the return trip. This one costs about £120.00 per person but is a bit expensive when you could really do it all for around £70 per head.
Massa by Landrover - 9am to 5pm - visit the South of Agadir (not quite into the Sahara), Massa Dam, Dunes of Resmouka, lunch in Massa, walk along the Massa River which drains into the Atlantic, stop at the beach at Sidi R'bat. Tour operator price around 500DH. This is not an easy place to reach as the terrain is more sandy and requires a 4x4 vehicle.
Immouzzer - 8am to 1pm - drive along the Atlantic coast through palm groves, green valleys, banana plantations and narrow gorges. Visit the Souk at Immouzzer. Tour operator price around 300DH. Easy to get to from Agadir on your own by taxi as it takes uder 20 minutes to get to.
Explorer of the South 2 days – The excursion begins at 7am. The first stop is Tiznit; here you have a coffee break and see a few sites such as the old town which looks rather run-down and neglected. You may be led into a silversmiths to watch jewelry being made in appaling conditions; young boys/men working in hardly any natural light and inhaling lead fumes from soldering. There is usually a smart shop attached selling overpriced jewelry whereby the guide gets a commission from anything sold. After Tiznit head to Amtoudi which is a palm valley with a well preserved 800 year old “agadir” or fortified granary before going through the Berber villages of Timoulay and Tarhjicht. By donkey you will travel to the Kasbah for lunch and then onto Bou Izakarn and then to Fort Bou Jerif where you have dinner and spend the night in a tent in open desert. After breakfast you continue to the village of Sidi Ifni and then onto the beach at El Gzira to relax or swim before having lunch. Continue on to the village of Mirhleft, back to Tiznit and finally returning to Agadir for 6:30pm the following day. Tour operator price 1600Dh.
Berber Evening - 5pm to 11pm - very tourist oriented, like a production line from one scene to another. Have a three course Berber dinner (wine included) in a Kasbah, singing and dancing around an open fire. Tour operator price around 300DH.
Boat Trip - 9am to 5pm - learn to catch fish or just relax, chance to swim, moor off the coast for lunch with wine (included in cost). Typical tour operator price around 420DH. You can ask at the marina where there are several boats moored offering this trip or for the more reckless, try a fishermans boat although these are very small and should you have an accident, you will not be covered by insurance.
Essaouirra (aka Mogador) - 7am to 7pm - Old picturesque fishing port, worth a visit, see “flying goats” on the way, visit the Argan Oil production factory, view the Atlantic and surrounding islands from the ramparts, includes visit to the medina to see craftsmen making items from aromatic Thuja wood. A nice place with lots of character and very relaxing. Lunch included. Tour operator price around 500Dh. Very easy to do this yourself by getting the 8:30am bus from Gare Routiere near Souk Al Had at a cost of 65Dh. The return time of the bus is 4:30pm and there is only one service each day. Stay overnight if you can.
Taroudant half day - 9 am to 2 pm Or 1pm to 6pm - Pink walled city also known as “Mini-Marrakech”, since Taroudant is a smaller version of Marrakech (also less polluted, less expensive), with a slow paced life but with more friendly, hospitable and genuin people. If you are looking to be in a place with 100 monuments,Taroudant is not for you, but if you are into culture and want to learn and feel the real Morocco, this is the right place. If you go with a local tour company for an UNguided tour of the city, (and at times even with guides it's the same story, so make sure you get a reputable guide if you intend on having one for the day) you will be more likely dropped off in a tourist oriented square to buy souvenirs at inflated prices. On the way to Taroudant, if on a coach trip, you will stop to see Argan tree climbing goats; the owner of the goats will expect a tip, not 200 Dh as some people say, but a 10Dh or 20Dh tip is good enough. Stop for a drink and toilet break in a local restaurant. Tour operator price around 250Dh.
Taroudant and Oasis of Tiout: 9am to 6pm: Tour of Taroudant as above plus the oasis of Tiout 30 Km east of Taroudant. Stroll through the palm trees, a donkey ride (mostly kids like this activity), panoramic views, and Tiouti Kasbah that belonged to a fomer Pasha, and where the movie of "Ali Baba and the fourty theives" was filmed in the 50s.
Horse Riding or Camel Trekking - Everyday except Sunday, trek along the Souss River, suitable for beginners. Mint tea and pastries included on the Camel Riding. Same rate for both at around 200Dh. Camel riding is also offered on parts of the beach but you will have to haggle over the price and you will not ride on the beach.
Horse and carriage – Roamantic excursion to Medina d'Agadir via the National Park where rare migrating birds can be seen. Mint tea included. Tour operator price around 250Dh.
La Medina d'Agadir - A handicraft and cultural village located just on the outskirts of Agadir. This is a representation of the Medina of Agadir which along with much of Agadir was destroyed by the earthquake of 1960. It is intended to be a faithful reconstruction of the old Medina and comprises various handicrafts including jewelry, pottery and leathercrafts coupled with old style architecture, an amphitheatre, souk, cafe, riad and other items of cultural interest. Medina website (in French only) www.medinapolizzi.comRelated to:
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In a modern town, betting in tourism you need diversity to occupy the visitors.
Agadir is not very reach in that area but, if you travel with kids, a small and poor zoo near the beach is always a different solution for a less attractive to swim afternoon.Related to:
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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 when the countryside tends to still be green and a lot of areas ablaze with colourful flowers.
So 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 Aglou Plage, 90 kms south of Agadir on the coast, and nearby administration town Tiznit with its blue doored buildings and jewellery shops with silver up from the sub-sahara.
For a longer circuit you could then go over Col kerdous to Tafraoute, the landscape all the way is beautiful and back on up to Agadir.......but this is such a beautiful area it is worth at least a night or two to see the sights and appreciate the beauty here.
you might even have time to stop in at Souss Massa on the way to Tiznt if it is April it would worth making the time - or perhaps just do Souss Massa, Tiznit and Aglou Plage and return.
A coastal city trip could include Souss Massa, Tiznit and down the coast from Aglou Plage to Mihrleft and Sidi Ifni which was originally a Spanish colonial town which still has interesting architecture and blue and white buildings on a hill beside a long stretch of beach.
- or to Taroudant only 80 kms from Agadir if you feel you dont want to go too far away - it is a red brick walled city like a smaller version of Marrakech with quite a bit to see - such as the souks for generally less hustle from touts that you find in Marrakech, with quality leather, silver and textile goods - there is also a large Sunday souk just on the outskirts of town which is worth visiiting and you could do a drive out to Tioute with an oasis and kasbah or into the mountains near there to see berber villages.
Essaouira which is a nice drive along the coast is also an option for a day trip - stopping at popular beach towns such as Taghazoute or Tamri, lovely fishing village Imousouane also with a beautiful beach - stopping to buy bananas from one of the many stalls along the way and Sidi Kaouki and Diabat towns just before Essaouira where Jimi Hendrix used to hang out. Quite often you will get to see goats up in the Argane trees eating leaves and nuts that they love - which is an interesting sight! Essaouira itself is a lovely town worthy of at least a couple of hours.have t
Immouzzer in the hills to a waterfall is a nice half day trip.
A long day trip could also be down to Amtoudi to see the amazing 12th century fortified granary called Id Aissa.
This could be incorporated into a trip to Goulmime - particularly if its a Saturday when for many years there has been a camel market.
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 - and not at all just a tourist trap. There are actually lovely products made in MOrocco famed for its roses, olive oil, almonds, mint, and so on and they are for sale in these shops as well - the women have been using these as important beauty/cosmetic and cooking products for many many years so a big part of their culture. Many of these products are more expensive at the airports around Morocco and in other parts of the world.
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 - in a much more down to earth, meet the locals type trip.
all the best and enjoy your time in Morocco!Related to:
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In Agadir there are many surf spots renowded by their world class waves and the surf session start in October until May. Tamraght village or Taghazout is a must popular surfing region in morocco. Check the surf campanies there, we was with www.originalsurfmorocco.com it was a great surf holiday!Related to:
Choo Choo Train
There is a litle train that drives tourists around central Agadir (sigtseeing). It looks really fun but it´s all crap.
Don´t take the train it was nothing special about it and you don´t see anything that havent seen alredy.
You could get a shared taxi (in preference to grand taxi) from El Batwaar and have this all to yourself. As always, you need to ask the price and maybe haggle a bit but generally speaking the shared taxis are far better value but not at all comfortable.
Essaouira is a lovely place but the bus (2.5 hour journey) only goes once a day at about 8:30am from the Gare de Autobus (bus station) near Souk al Had. The fare is 60Dh one way and you can only get a return ticket once there so get this immedialtely on arrival. The bus back to Agadir departs at about 4:15pm and although it doesn't sound long, this is enough time to explore, shop and have lunch.
Other popular places are Taroudant, en-route you will see the famour tree climbing (or "flying") goats, Tiznit and Tafraout will include a trip up into the mountains with marvellous views.
In Agadir you must go up the kasbah (fortress) where you will have panoramic views of Agadir and the Atlantic Ocean. One other place about 20 minutes from Agadir by taxi is Inezgane, a real Moroccan town where few tourists venture and is unspoilt in this sense. Most of what is sold in Agadir at high prices is made here so you could do your shopping at much reduced cost. One word of advice - few people here speak English (except the dreaded herbalists of course!) so be prepared to use hand signs, unless you speak French of course.
The excellent Musee Municipal
Excellent collection of Berber jewellery, pottery, a few carpets and wooden doors from local kasbahs.
Well displayed with information given on the items and where they are from. Also very good photographs and interesting displays of local culture and sites of interest in the area including the Berber tribes that live in the mountains nearby.Related to:
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Visit the Marina
The Marina, at the far end of Agadir beach bust before the port and fish market, is a fairly new and very expensive project for the locality.
Now a new residential complex but also marina for rather expensive yachts and boats and quite a number of designer boutiques and shops occupying the rooms at ground level. There are a few cafes and restaurants here too of course.Related to:
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The Fishmarket and Auctions
Early each morning the hauls of fish that are caught overnight are brought in to the fishmarket for auctioning - you can attend the auctions each morning and it is best to arrive early. At the fishmarket fish can be bought as you would at a shop with its given price but mainly its a place where there are many small sit down eateries - all known by their given number - so you can make your choice and sit down for a meal of freshly caught fish or seafood.
Its buyer beware though and it is best to make sure you understand the deal you are accepting before you let food be put before you and start eating (we got badly ripped off at the Sale fishmarkets by not clarifying exactly what the price was before eating and got hit with a 180 lunch bill just for 2 people!) - we have never been ripped off here at the Agadir fishmarkets but have always given our custom to the same place at Number 26.
Knowing where you are going - such as to where you want to eat etc - means you can enjoy the busy atmosphere here and just watch their carrying ons trying to 'catch' customers etc!
Architecture of Jean-Francois Zevaco
The rebuilding of Agadir after the earthquake in 1960 gave opportunities to a generation of new Moroccan or Moroccan-born architects. Jean- Francois Zevaco, being a supporter of the architecture of Wright and Le Corbusier, was one of them. In Agadir he built some public buildings like the Fire Station and the Post Office.
For his courtyard houses, as part of the huge reconstruction effort after the disastrous earthquake in 1960, he got the Aga Khan prix in 1980. These courtyard houses were ingeniously planned, compact, middle-income houses in 17 units of single-storey row houses with cleverly designed private patios, inexpensive to build, easy to maintain and suited to the life-style of an urbanised middle-income Muslim population. The jury cited the project for its "response in plan form to climate and, in a broader sense, to the demands of privacy. The exploration and development of the courtyard form for urban housing point a way towards appropriate unassuming design solutions in the heterogeneous character of contemporary Muslim cities."
I didn't see these houses, but had a look at the public buildings like the modern postofffice and the firestation in the citycentre of Agadir. By the use of lots of rough concrete it's called brutalist architecture.
The fire station has a 32 meter high drying tower which stands immediately within the gate of the building. The post office is part of the architectural ensemble adjacent to the Agadir town square. The postoffice is a three-storey structure. On the ground floor the concrete canopy looks like a giant letterbox which shields the entrance leading into the public service area.Related to:
I don´d know why i even went here mayby because our travelguid said this is the place you must see when your in Agadir. It is the biggest harbour in the country. Every morning from 07.30-10.00 there is a fishmarket and a lot of local people come to buy fresh fish.
A fun place for a tourist? Yeah right.
Colourful market, Souq al-Had
Everytime I walked around in a souq or market in Morocco, I'm surprised again how colourful they are.
And everywhere I am tempted to take pictures of these red, orange and yellow heaps of powder, so I did in the Souq al-Had. These heaps fascinate me again and again, so do the huge amounts of fresh fruits.
Quays of the port of Agadir
In the port of Agadir it's great to walk along the quays and to look at the fishingboats in the morning. At the quays you can see a lot of heaps of red-coloured fishing nets. I like it to watch all these activities in the harbour.
After our walk we went inside the halls to have a look at the catch of the day. Lots of fish including some small sharks.Related to:
Harbour of Agadir
The importance of Agadir as a fishing and commercial port is growing. So did the port facilities the last years. A large part of Morocco's sardine catch comes through Agadir nowadays. At the complex are about 20 factories to tin and to freeze in the fish products from the sea.
During our first trip to Agadir in 1992, we visited the port in the morning. The morning sea fogs gave the port a special atmosphere. In 2007 I visited the kasbah, so I could make overview pictures from there.Related to:
Not many people know of this attraction in the mountains about 25 kilometres along the coast north towards arhoud
A car is needed but is a easy 3-4 hour ride up Paradise valley to the cascades. though a little narrow in places.
At Tamarat village (called banana village because of the amount of local bananas sold here) the first one outside the city limits about 25 k take the first on the roundabout (Dont run over the policemen who is always there) then keep left on road .
(TIP) this is a local village so dont start giving beggars any money otherwise the car will be flooded with people asking
Once clear of the village is a straight road for about 35 k up into the mountains .by a river that always has water up a windy but safe mountain road with hotels and cafes about 15k out.
The cascades are not that good as the water level can get very low in summer but the travel up is very good and relaxing and the river water is safe to bath in.
It is possible to get a excursion up there, ask your hotel
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