The hotel offer trips to Marrakech for 1500.00 moroccan dirmas per person with over night stay in a hotel. We decided to go on the local bus which cost only 140.00 MAD each for a return tiket by coach. You have to book a ticket the day before you want to travel ,ask at the hotel or the taxi driver and go to CTM bus station in agadir.
About 3 quarters of the way there we stoped off at a service station. Here you can use the toilets but you are expected to pay 1 mad, and ladies you have to stand over a hole in the floor. I would surgest having some antibacterial hand wipes when travelling to and around marrakech.
We sampled a traditional Moroccan dish where its cooked in a pointed pot (sorry not sure what there called) there is beef in the bottom then on top potatoes, onion and some other veg and i can honestly say it was excellent, very tasty. This dish is eaten with bread and no knife and fork. (See pic 2)
Not sure why its called Noddy Train, but for 18 moroccan dirams its definetly worth ago even if its just to see whats around agadir. The journey takes around 1/2 hour and you get to go all over agadir.
The Thursday suuq or market of Agadir is a nice day out, as it is totally dominated by Moroccans and has high quality products for sale such as leather, handbags, incense sticks, oils, spices, make up, hats, clothes etc... you name it they have it here.
Always haggle the prices though and if you go with a guide dont pay the price they offer as the guide with you will be getting a commission from the store seller. The locals say to haggle to around 50-75% of the original asking price.
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.
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!
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!
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.
On our first evening in Marrahech it rained all day, we still took a trip to the big market called Djemaa el-Fna, which in spite of the rain was very busy.
On our second day we went back to the market when the weather was much better, and i got to see the snake charmers, if you take any photos you will be expected to give them a few moroccan dirams, also if your brave enough you may even hold one. (see pic 2)
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.
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.
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.
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.
An earthquake had struck Agadir back in 1960 so the city was moved it`s center further south.
The memorial park is placed where the old town center once was.
In this picture you can see they had a writing in Arabic that says(Allah,The king,Home Land).With large rocks on the mountain hill and it`s easily seen from the boat.
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
at moment dont have photos as still in camera
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.
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