Take a short flight to Agadir from the UK or the rest of Europe and find yourself immersed in a unique culture. The beach is great too!
We wanted cheap winter sun and thanks to Ryanair we managed to get it, very cheap. If you want culture, Morocco has it, if you want relaxation, Morocco has it and if you want a whole new cultural experience, Morocco has it!
A Place to Lay my Head
On other nights we found many restaurants on the main beach front which offered a selection of set menus, usually three courses for around 150 dirhams or less which again was great value and most included salad starter, Tagine main (tradition Moroccan Stew cooked in a tall pot) and fruit or chocolate mousse for pudding. These tagines probably had been created to cater for the tourists but we loved them.
On our second day we decided to visit the Bird Sanctuary 'La Vallee des Oiseaux' which is on Boulevard Hassan 2. Entrance is free and gates open at 11am. As you enter there is a children’s play area for the families before you start walking around the sanctuary. In this sanctuary you are the caged bird! The pathway through the sanctuary is actually a mesh cage so you get to see the bids flying above your head too! Other animals here include lamas, orang-utans (in a very small cage, I hope they don’t live there permanently) and goats which for a small tip you can feed and have your pictures taken whilst doing so.
If this is your first visit to Morocco then a visit to the local souk (market) is a must. A taxi should cost between 10 and 20 dirhams depending on how good your bartering skills are. There are many gates (15+ all of them numbered) you can enter the souk through and they all look the same so if you are meeting people there make sure you agree on a gate number. Outside the souk are employees of the tourist authority. They approach you and show you around free of charge but I would recommend being very clear that you are not going to pay them for their services, so that everybody is clear. Our guide turned out to be a life saver as he was able to translate for us (my Arabic isn't the best!)
On our last day we decided to visit the top of the Kasbah! For those of you unfamiliar with Agadir the Kasbah is a huge mountain at the furthest part of the beach which is illuminated at night with the Arabic words for God, King and Country. On the top of it are the ruins of the earthquake which hit Agadir in the 1960's. We got a taxi up there and along with the ruins took in the breath taking views. A word of warning though many local men are waiting at the top to sell you more souvenirs or to charge you to have your picture taken with baby goats, snakes or camels. Unless you want to walk down the Kasbah make sure you ask your taxi driver to wait for you as otherwise there is no way down. The walk itself takes around 40 min and is on sealed path with benches to rest and pose for pictures on the way down.