Hotels in Agadir

With its laid back attitude, lively nightlife, fabulous beaches and excellent golf courses, Agadir has plenty to offer travellers who want something more from their annual beach holiday.

Nicknamed ‘The Miami of Morocco’, Agadir has hundreds of years of history and culture despite only being half a century old. The original Agadir and most of its ancient buildings were destroyed in an earthquake during the 60’s, and the modern city was built a year later. There’s a memorial park were the old town centre used to be, and an illuminated wall surrounding the location of the old Casbah.

The hotels in Agadir tend to be concentrated around the seaside and downtown districts, but no matter where you decide to base yourself it’s worth putting on your walking shoes and exploring.

Seaside

With 300 days of sunshine each year and six miles of sandy beach to enjoy it on, it’s no small wonder that Agadir’s reputation as a seaside resort precedes it. The seaside neighbourhood  is home to lots of trendy hotels, bars, and restaurants as well as residential housing.

 Join the locals for an evening walk along the promenade, with its music bars and street entertainers, or do a spot of high end shopping at the Marina d’Agadir: the expensive new development which sits at the foot of the Casbah hill.

There’s lots of surf schools located around the beach if you want to hang ten, or you can try your hand at other water-sports like sailing, jet skiing, and paragliding. If you’re feeling energetic, walk up to the Casbah from the north end of the bay. The hill boasts the best views in town.

Downtown

The wide palm tree lined avenues and breezy squares of Agadir’s city centre are a world away from the narrow streets of most Moroccan cities.

Relax and do a spot of people watching in the Parisian style pavement cafes, head to a Hammam for a traditional Moroccan spa experience, or simply enjoy a wander around the shaded parks. There are plenty of reasonably priced hotels in the city centre too, if you don’t mind being too far from the famous beaches and golf courses.

One of the biggest attractions of downtown is the Valley of the Birds, a free zoo which contains a exotic birds and interesting mammals from the nearby Atlas Mountains.

The massive Souk El Had is a good place to practice your haggling. With over three thousand stalls you’re sure to find some interesting souvenirs. If you’re not confident in your negotiation skills, look for the shops which offer a ‘fixed price’ on goods. They’re  generally very reasonable, and it’s a good idea to visit them before the stalls as it gives you a good idea of what the products are worth.

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