12 amazing things to do in Agadir, Morocco (2024)

Looking for the best things to do in Agadir? Here’s how to prepare for an amazing Moroccan adventure!

About Agadir :

A local guide showed us around Agadir and told us about the city and its history.

The vibrant history of Agadir, vividly recounted, reveals a city that emerged from the ashes of a devastating earthquake in 1960. The earthquake, the worst in Morocco’s history, claimed 12,000 lives and left 35,000 people homeless, reshaping the city entirely.

The Agadir you see today is a testament to resilience and renewal. Rising from the ruins, it boasts modern multistorey beachfront hotels, a fresh beach, and a harbor promenade. This reconstruction sets Agadir apart, creating a city unlike any other in Morocco.

In contrast to the traditional charm of cities like Marrakech or Chefchaouen, Agadir embraces a more contemporary architectural identity. The absence of an old town medina contributes to its modern ambiance, with hotel resorts standing shoulder to shoulder.

However, where Agadir may lack in historical authenticity, it compensates with its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. Dubbed “the Miami of Morocco” Agadir has become a magnet for surfers, beach enthusiasts, and those seeking water-based adventures. Despite its departure from tradition, Agadir proudly holds its own distinctive identity, making it a captivating and unique destination in Morocco.

The best things to do in Agadir

1. Visit the Agadir Kasbah for historic ruins and views

The best view of the city is from the Kasbah hill in the north end of the bay.

The Kasbah was built in the 16th century and it’s the only historic monument left in town.

The Kasbah in Agadir, while now mostly a wall with scattered ruins, remains a captivating destination offering both panoramic views and a glimpse into history. The best part? It’s free to enter.

Venturing outside the Kasbah, you’ll encounter a lively scene with souvenir stalls, enthusiastic salesmen, and the opportunity to ride camels. However, a word of caution – some camel owners may charge for photos. For a more authentic and cost-free experience, observe the undecorated camels wandering naturally in the nearby area. This setting provides a more genuine encounter without any additional expense. Whether within the Kasbah walls or amidst the bustling activity outside, Agadir offers a mix of history, culture, and local charm.

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2.Explore the Souk El Had, the city’s largest market

Agadir is the capital of the indigenous Berber people, and one place to meet them is at the local souk.

The souk is a bazaar market where you can buy everything from a camel to a commode. Agadir’s Souk El Had is where many of the city’s residents do their shopping.

Even if you’re not keen on buying souvenirs, a visit to the market in Agadir is an experience not to be missed. The vibrant atmosphere, divided into sections featuring vegetables, spices, leather, and ceramics, exudes authenticity. The market becomes a sensory journey, filled with the vibrant colors of fresh produce, the rich aroma of spices, and the textures of handcrafted goods. Immerse yourself in the local ambiance, where each section tells a story of the city’s culture and traditions. The market in Agadir offers more than just shopping; it provides a genuine taste of the local way of life.

Visiting Morocco during the mandarin and orange season must have been a delightful experience, especially with the abundance of fresh mandarins throughout the day. The journey took an even sweeter turn with the introduction to the famous Moroccan mint tea. As a self-professed tea snob who typically favors Oolong and Green teas, there might have been a hint of skepticism initially.

However, the Moroccan mint tea exceeded expectations, becoming a delicious revelation. Its unique blend of flavors, sweetness, and the refreshing essence of mint likely provided a delightful contrast to your usual tea choices. It’s a testament to the diverse and exquisite palate of Moroccan teas, showcasing the richness of the country’s culinary offerings.

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3.Go surfing or relax at Agadir Beach

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Agadir‘s 10 kilometres of golden coastline makes it perfect for beach and water activities, including sailing, jet-skiing, surfing and paragliding.

As we walked along the promenade, I couldn’t help notice the joggers, families with picnic baskets and local games at the beach.

People were out and about, enjoying the ocean views and being with family.

4. Stroll along the Marina

One of the city highlights is the Marina d’Agadir, which is lined with apartments, restaurants and rows of yachts glinting in the sunlight.

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The pride of Agadir as an Islamic city is beautifully symbolized at the end of the marina, where a hillside proudly bears the engraved words in Arabic: “Allah, King, Country.” This subtle yet significant feature captures the essence of the city’s values and its deep connection to religion, monarchy, and patriotism. For those exploring the area, a close look to the left might reveal this meaningful inscription, adding a touch of cultural and spiritual significance to the scenic views.

5. Enjoy Moroccan cuisine at a local restaurant

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We had lunch at one of the seafood restaurants there called Pure Passion and they sure did pick a fitting name.

Sitting by the sea, feeling the light breeze while having delicious Moroccan food was the perfect way to spend a few hours.

6. Mohammed V Mosque

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Although it doesn’t look like it from the outside, Mohammed V Mosque can host 5,000 worshippers, and it has 8 shops and 2 prayer rooms, just to name a few.

The mosque was recently renovated for some 70 million dirhams funded by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

The mosque was, unfortunately, closed when we got there, and I would have loved to see it from the inside. Next time, maybe.

7. Visit the Agadir Crocopark

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At the Agadir Crocopark, you can see over 300 Nile crocodiles up close.

It’s located just outside Agadir, and you can get there by car or taxi. It’s a great way to spend a few hours, especially if you’re interested in wildlife.

8. Explore the Valley of the Birds

The Valley of the Birds is right in the heart of Agadir, so it’s an easy walk from Agadir town centre.

This park has both exotic and local species, and you’ll also find small mammals and a play area for kids.

9. Take a day trip to Paradise Valley

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Paradise Valley is a beautiful spot about an hour away from Agadir.

It’s great for a swim in natural pools and has some nice trails for walking.

You can get there by car or join a tour where you’ll also visit a traditional Berber village and enjoy the beautiful Atlas Mountains. Don’t forget to wear comfy shoes and pack your swim gear.

10. Go sandboarding

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Did you know that you can go sandboarding near Agadir?

You can!

On a tour, you’ll enjoy a traditional Berber meal at a local family’s home and head to the sand dunes for some stunning views and the main event: sandboarding.

11. Enjoy a sunset camel ride along the beach

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Taking a sunset camel ride along the beach near Agadir is a fun way to see the sights.

You’ll get to ride a camel right on the sand, which is a unique experience. Plus, watching the sunset from the back of a camel adds a Moroccan twist to the usual beach sunset.

12. Visit a traditional hammam

Visiting a traditional hammam in Agadir means going to a local bathhouse for a steam bath and scrub.

You typically sit in a steam room first, then get a scrub with a special glove to remove dead skin. It’s both a way to unwind and try local customs.