Quick Guide to Agadir

Not to be confused with unequivocally dreadful 80's classic 'Agadoo', the Moroccan city of Agadir is made of much more palatable stuff. The busy port town hugs the side of the captivating Atlas Mountain, lapped by a sprawling sea front and framed by a mysterious Kasbah fortress. It's also a veritable hotbed of spices, beach life and very reasonable prices. Tasty!

Now, we've got to be honest with you here - Agadir isn't the place to head if you're after an authentic taste of proper Moroccan culture. If you're looking for the Morocco of Bergman and Bogart, a Casablanca style labyrinth of snake charmers and smoky African mystery, you'd be best to head to Marrakech or, well, Casablanca. Agadir certainly has its charms, but it's most comfortable companion is probably the cheap 'n cheerful package holiday. This certainly makes it a great spot for a last minute getaway to the sun though!

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How to get to Agadir

You can get direct cheap flights to Al Massia Airport for reasonable prices from most major UK airports. Flying time from the UK is about five and a half hours. From the airport it's about 25km to the city centre, so you can get in the driver's seat by renting a car (also great if you fancy travelling a bit further afield!)

What to do in Agadir

That's not to say it should be sneered at, though. Swinging south of the glossy white marina, the sandy beach is more sheltered than many other stretches of the Atlantic, offering clean waters, safe swimming and 300 sunny days a year. Far be it from us to criticise those kind of sunshine stats - which are great for winter sun on the cheap. If we were in Agadir for couple of days, we'd head to the marina in the morning for breakfast, before heading to the Kasbah to wander the walls of its historic fortress, and ending up on the beach to soak up that sunshine. But that's just us.

Where to stay in Agadir

Here's where Agadir wins over its other Moroccan competitors - accomodation is much cheaper. You'll find many of the best hotels and resorts by the beach south of the centre. Nouveau Talborjt on the northeast side of the town is also packed with some great budget hotels and restaurants.