An exotic beach break for the family after just a short haul flight
Flying into Agadir Airport takes just three and a half hours from the UK, and transfers to Agadir’s hotels only another 45 minutes, so there’s barely any time for kids to be restless.
As soon as you head toward Agadir, you’ll catch glimpse of one of the main reasons you came – that 10-kilometre long golden sand beach looming in the distance. A modern town, Agadir was almost completely rebuilt in 1960, making way for a modern marina, shopping areas and promenade.
You can see traces of history in the 16th-century fortress ruins on the hill and, although there’s no original medina old town left, visit the reproduction Berber Medina to pick up local crafts from artisan workshops here. And when you’re hungry after a spot of sightseeing, Agadir has all flavours of restaurants, including rich Moroccan dishes, plenty of seafood and tastes of Greece and Spain.
Best family friendly beaches
Agadir is, without a doubt, Morocco’s number one beach resort, with 10 kilometres of sunlounger, cafe and watersports-heavy shore right in the heart of the city. Many hotels have their own private stretches of sand. With all this space you might only need one beach, but there are plenty more. Head north for the beaches of Tamraght and Taghazout for a laid-back vibe loved by surfers, which can be reached by car in 20 minutes.
South is the coastal reserve of Souss Massa National Park where you can play on the sand and spot birds at the same time. If you have a flamingo fan in the family, head to the Massa Lagoon to see them balancing on one leg. Legzira Beach also has the benefit of some naturally spectacular rock arches, seen at their full potential at low tide.
Best family activities in Agadir
The range of things to do in and around Agadir includes the old and the new. You can shop Moroccan-style at the El Had d’Agadir souk – a large covered market – or travel an hour from Agadir to visit the old walled city of Taroudant, complete with more souks all housed in huge defence walls.
For more current activities, Atlantica Parc waterpark, around a 20-minute drive from Agadir, has lots of kids’ slides plus a few for adults. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Agadir from La Grande Roue big wheel beside the beach, or you can visit Crocoparc to see crocs big and small getting fed before using the two playgrounds.
Other popular holidays in Morocco
Swapping modern for storied, Marrakech is another Moroccan location ideal for a family holiday of souk shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides and entertainment at Jemaa el-Fna square. But if Agadir and its vast beach has your family’s name on it, read our travel guide for more holiday tips and check out the excellent family hotels below.
A 4* Platinum hotel on Agadir Beach, this sports and activity-focused resort is in a calming setting two kilometres from Agadir, with family rooms providing plenty of space. The two big outdoor pools are complemented by a splash pool for kids, plus the spa has another pool indoors. Included activities cover bodyboarding, surfing, tennis, beach volleyball, mini-football and table tennis. You'll also get buffet meals at the main restaurant or lunch at the beach restaurant, with special kids' dining at either. The hotel is close to five golf courses so parents can head off for a round or make use of the Hammam, oriental spa treatments and fitness classes while the kids are in their club.
If the four pools set in tropical style gardens aren't enough, step over the promenade and you're right on Agadir Beach. This 4* Premier hotel is also only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, with shops, restaurants and bars even closer. Your All Inclusive stay covers buffet meals, and there are three more restaurant options. You also get all sorts of activities covered – RiuFit classes, tennis and sports courts, a gym, water polo and aerobics as well as competitions and themed evenings. Clubs up to age 12 and a teen activity programme keep the kids happy, as do the mini-disco, playground and their own pool.
The luxe 5* Riu Palace Tikida Agadir wows with its huge angular pool with adjoining whirlpool, and separate kids' pool. More sunbathing and sandcastle building space is found at the hotel's private area of Agadir Beach. Have fun together by taking part in the varied daily activity programme, or leave little ones at the kids' club and head inside to use the gym or pay extra to get a massage at the spa. The main restaurant is a buffet number with a terrace and there's optional dining at Krystal fusion, Moroccan, and Italian poolside restaurant. After dinner enjoy the shows, live music and RIU evening entertainment.