A guide to things to do in Agadir

A modern Moroccan city, almost completely rebuilt in 1960, Agadir has quite a western feel about it. Many of the available activities and entertainment have been built with European tourists in mind so there are animal parks, golf courses and casinos, among places that are distinctly Moroccan. Holidays to Agadir are awash with things to do, but here are a few we think you’ll particularly enjoy.

Family-focused fun

On the outskirts of Agadir, Crocoparc is a conservation scheme full of crocs of all sizes that’s well set up for family visits. Signs give you wildlife facts, and guides are on hand to provide more information as well as put on the spectacle that is feeding time. Don’t miss the eye level area where you can see the crocodiles up close. The large park is well laid out and has beautiful plants, plus you can see the Atlas Mountains as a stunning backdrop to two children’s playgrounds.

Soak up some Moroccan culture

A trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the buzz and colour that is a souk. Agadir’s El Had d’Agadir souk is a huge covered market selling fruit and veg, spices, authentic Moroccan wares as well as some stalls with mass-produced items. You can either go to the shops with fixed prices or have a go at haggling to get the prices down. If you’re peckish, head over to the fish market where you can get fish barbecued at one of the stalls or sit down in a restaurant at the nearby marina.

There are only a few historic buildings left to visit on your Agadir holidays, including Agadir Kasbah, which is the old citadel or fortress on a hill to the north. Also known as Oufella, take a walk or cab ride up the hill and you can wander around the remaining walls of the fort but many come for the excellent views over the city, the port and sea. The walls are lit up at night, as is an inscription in the opposite hill reading ‘God, Country, King’.

Modern amenities

Agadir is a big city with many things to do that’ll make you feel right at home, but with a twist of Moroccan architecture and landscape. The city has a love of casinos, with four in total to visit, but that pales in comparison to the number of spas – nearly 30 in all. Or if you’re a fan of golf, you can try out one of Agadir’s six golf courses and training centres. Hop on La Grande Roue big wheel beside the beach to spin up in the air and spot what you’re going to do next.

Day trips

Outside of Agadir there are opportunities to be at one with nature and history. Just inland is Paradise Valley, a beautiful palm-lined gorge that forms the start of mountain trails to Berber villages. If you’re visiting in spring, the seasonal waterfalls of Immouzer des Ida Outanane will be flowing down the hillside.

Travel south from Agadir and you’ll find the Massa Lagoon in the Souss Massa National Park. It’s Morocco’s largest bird reserve and a flash of green in an otherwise arid landscape. Or if you want to see some ancient buildings, visit the walled city of Taroudant, about an hour’s drive from Agadir. It’s a delightful mix of bustling souks and peaceful pomegranate groves, all dominated by looming defence towers.