A blend of North African, Arabic and European charisma rolled into one
Sitting beside the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert, Agadir provides incredible views and an abundance of activities, but there’s one truly amazing reason to visit – its beach. Stretching over nine kilometres that sweeps along luminous blue waters, its attraction is obvious.
There are a plethora of reasons to take to the sea with jet-ski, surfing and dive equipment hire all readily available. Thrill-seekers can explore on 4×4 safaris or try their hand at quad biking. For a more tranquil setting, visit the local Souss Massa National Park or discover the treasure trove of Le Musse des Arts Berbere museum.
After being destroyed in the 60s by a tremendous earthquake the majority of Agadir has a contemporary charm. This doesn’t stop it from being at one with its history though – there are still many winding roads that have an array of aromatic souks, traditional bazaars and minarets hidden away behind the scenes. Agadir also has around 300 days of glorious sunshine a year and is less than four hours away, so it’s no wonder people visit its glistening, white marina throughout the year.
Not too far away you’ll find the ancient red, mud city wall of Taroudant which is perfect for a day visit. Sometimes referred to as ‘Little Marrakech’, this perfectly situated trading centre is so much more than that. In the distance, you’ll be able to see the snowy mountaintops of Mount Atlas and with the Anti Atlas and coast moments away, it’s also a great place for setting up a base to hike and explore. You can purchase a wide variety of items from the traditional bazaars such as spices, dried fruits, clothes, pottery, rugs and jewellery.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
You can pretty much guarantee hot, dry, sunny days most of the year in Agadir. From June through until September the average temperatures ranges from 25°C to 35°C with coastal breezes filtering off the sea that make a comfortable summer getaway. If you book last minute, from eight weeks prior up until the last moment, you can find some incredible deals.
Other popular holidays in Morocco
If you love the idea of booking a last minute deal to Morocco but are still weighing up your options, there are plenty of other places you’ll love. Take a look at the historic gem of Marrakech.
If you’re set on a holiday to Agadir, read our travel guide for more information on how to plan your last minute holiday in the Moroccan sun. In the meantime, here are the top last minute Agadir hotels for you to check out.
There is so much on offer at Club Hotel Riu Tikida Dunas, headed by being seconds from the beach and having four pools. If keeping active is for you then try beach volleyball, water polo or aerobics, or hop on a shuttle bus to the local golf course. For just a little extra you could take a scenic day trip horse ride where you can trot up into the mountains and gallop along the sandy beaches. Buffet, Moroccan and Asian restaurants provide lots of choice and kids’ get clubs and activity programmes. It’s also situated a three-minute walk away from the nearest nightclub and just over five minutes into the centre of Agadir.
North of Agadir, located on the beachfront near the surfer’s village Taghazout, this hotel is pretty spectacular. It has an incredible spa, a well-equipped surf club and yoga studio by the sand. It’s set in a quiet part of the beach, offering a tranquil setting for those who want to unwind. The hotel’s interiors and rooms take traditional Moroccan decor and give it a modern twist, mixing earthy tones with bright colours. Meal options cover buffet, a la carte and a tearoom.
Just a five-minute drive from the centre of Agadir, Riu Tikida Beach is an adults-only hotel with its own private section of beach and views stretching over the Atlantic. It has an authentic Moroccan feel with ornate tiles, decadent furnishings and Moroccan meals. In the daytime the activity line-up includes sports, aerobics and visits to the spa. The fun doesn’t have to stop after sunset as there are live shows, themed nights, nightclub and Zanzibar lounge bar to visit.