Things to do in Agadir

Must-see Agadir sights

Agadir’s beach resort attracts travellers throughout the year with its pleasant temperatures. There’s plenty of activities packed into this resort city. Enjoying the outdoors is number one.

  1. Head to the beach
  2. Visit Olhão Garden
  3. Discover the Amazigh Heritage Museum
  4. Enjoy a game of golf
  5. Indulge in some TLC
  6. Enjoy Agadir’s nightlife
  7. Go bird watching
  8. Surf in nearby Taghazout

Agadir’s raison d'e ̂ tre will be immediately apparent to even a casual visitor. You’ll see a calm, pleasant place arranged along a wide, scenic bay. Swathes of park and garden break up the hotel and residential zones, and the magnificent beach is untrammelled by Spanish Costa-style high-rise buildings.

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1. Head to the beach

One of the best things to do in Agadir is to hit the beach. It’s simply wonderful: a wide expanse of fine sand, which extends an impressive distance to the south of the town. Along its course are a number of cafés, some of which rent out sunbeds and umbrellas. The ocean - it should be stressed - has a very strong Atlantic undertow and is definitely not suitable for children unless closely supervised. Even adults are advised not to go out swimming alone. The northern end of the beach has lifeguards on duty in summer, and a system of flags to tell you how dangerous it is to swim. The big beach hotels also have guarded sections for their residents. You can rent a sunbed with a parasol at neighbouring restaurants. The beach empties when the sun goes down, and the pleasant promenade that abuts much of the beach’s central section takes over as the city’s focal point. Lined with restaurants and licked by a sea breeze, it’s a thoroughly impressive place.

Best for: Beach goers

While you’re there: There are plenty of watersports opportunities closeby. Think surfing and diving.

2. Visit Olhão Garden

The Olhão Garden is a very pleasant outdoor space. A landscaped garden with a café-restaurant and children’s playground, it was created to celebrate Agadir’s twinning with the town of Olhão in southern Portugal. The walls and buildings in the garden are constructed in a traditional Berber style which some claim was inspired by Portuguese architecture.

Best for: The great outdoors

While you’re there: There’s a small museum in the park which is dedicated to the Agadir earthquake in 1960.

3. Discover the Amazigh Heritage Museum

Towards the southern end of the city centre is an outdoor theatre - built along Roman odeon lines - and a pedestrian precinct of tourist shops and restaurants. This is where the small Amazigh Heritage Museum has a collection of Berber cultural artefacts, including a few old manuscripts (in Arabic, not Berber), some wooden doors and bowls, and quite a lot of silver jewellery.

Best for: Berber artefacts

While you’re there Looking for Agadir holidays? We suggest staying at Omega Hotel Agadir for a comfortable stay.

4. Enjoy a game of golf

Agadir has several golf clubs to the southeast of town. Royal Golf, an 18-hole course 12km out on the Route d’Aït Melloul, is generally considered the finest. The others are off the Inezgane road at Km7: Golf Course les Dunest , with three nine-hole courses and Golf du Soleil, with two revamped 18-hole courses.

Best for: Avid golfers

While you’re there: Golf de l’Ocean is another hotspot. It’s home to an ocean view, and 27 holes amid dunes and trees.

5. Indulge in some TLC

What to do in Agadir if you’re looking for some pampering? Head to one of Morocco’s well-known beauty centres. To sweat out the grime in Talborjt, the Bain Maure Essalama is open daily. Of more modern extraction is the Basma wellness and beauty centre, open to females only. It provides facials, massage and the like. This is one of the most relaxing things to do in Agadir for sure.

Best for: A spot of relaxation

While you’re there: Head to the salon and hammam too for a good scrub down.

6. Enjoy Agadir’s nightlife

There are plenty of beach venues for tourists to enjoy. Nightclubs get going around 11pm or midnight and stay open till 3 or 4am, or later, depending on how many people are still there. Entry tends to be 100-200dh; this may include your first drink, but otherwise expect to pay as much as 80-100dh for a beer. So Night Lounge is a popular spot. Agadir’s coolest nightclub,with affordable drinks, features a live band until around 1.30am and DJs thereafter.

Best for: Evening entertainment

While you’re there: If you’re looking for alternative evening entertainment, Agadir is home to several shisha bars.

7. Go bird watching

Close to Agadir sits the Oued Massa. It has a rich mix of habitats and draws a fabulous array of birds. The sandbars are visited in the early morning by flocks of sandgrouse (black-bellied and spotted) and often shelter large numbers of cranes. The ponds and reedbed margins conceal various waders, such as black-tailed godwit, turnstone, dunlin and snipe. The black-headed bush shrike (tchagra) and little crake can also be found here.

Best for: Spotting birds

While you’re there: Don’t miss the Souss estuary. It’s of huge interest to birdwatchers, too.

8. Surf in nearby Taghazout

If you’re much of a surfer this is the best activity for you. There are absolutely loads of surf spots along the coast both north and south of Taghazout. For right-footed surfers, the points just north are an absolute paradise, with a cluster of excellent right-hand breaks. Killers, 6km north of the village and named after the killer whales which are often seen here, has one of the most consistent breaks, a powerful, perfectly peeling charger which breaks over a cliff shelf. Source, just south of Killers, is so called for the fresh water bubbling up underneath it. Anchor Point, just north of Taghazout, has long waves and big breaks.

Best for: Surfers

While you’re there: If you’re not bringing surfing gear along, there are plenty of rental spots in and around Taghazout.

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