Agadir, capital of the Souss-Massa region, is the ideal starting point for excursions on foot, mountain bike, horseback, donkey, camel, car, quad or buggy, by boat, or 4×4!
The waters of the Souss-Massa region are among the richest in fish in the kingdom: bass (sea bass), swordfish, sole, John Dory, sea bream, red mullet, squid, cod, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, pageot, etc… and of course sardines for the aperitif!
As for the coastal area, with its dunes, cliffs, lagoons, it attracts many curious people.
Visit AGADIR (the Kasbah, the Marina, the souk, allow 2 to 3 hours, around 40 euros for 2 people*)
On the heights of Agadir, you will discover the Casbah, an old fortress dominating the city which was destroyed during the earthquake of February 29, 1960. You will see the giant inscription “الله، الوطن، الملك” (“God, The Fatherland, The King ” ) on the hill and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Discover the bustling Grand Port with its hundreds of boats and processing units! Next door, the Marina and its marina, ideal for a family outing, with its cafes, shops and amusing little fish. From there you will leave for a walk with marine flavors along the immense bay…
Souk El Had, the Indispensable, the largest souk in Africa, filled with colors and oriental scents. Surrounded by ramparts with multiple entrances, you will discover around 6,000 small shops divided into different sectors such as food, clothing, slippers, Moroccan tableware, not to mention the famous Berber carpets, and many other surprises…
Also worth seeing is :
“the Medina“, a modern reconstruction of the old medina by the architect Polizzi, dating from 1992. It was destroyed during the earthquake.
the Casbah Souss where the best Moroccan craftsmen present their works to you.
A more sporty visit to the surroundings of Agadir is also possible by quad or buggy in the middle of the forests of argan trees and eucalyptus, and sand dunes. You will cross a few Berber villages where the inhabitants will offer you the traditional mint tea (about 50 euros/pers*).
Sea Excursion (allow 5 to 6 hours, around 45 euros/ person*)
Departure from the Marina for an excursion in the bay of Agadir. Taste the pleasure of a lunch of fish just caught offshore. There’s nothing like a day of relaxation on the Atlantic for an introduction to fishing, and why not, enjoy a swim.
Crocopark Agadir (in the suburbs of Agadir, on the national Agadir-Marrakech, about 7 euros entry)
It is a huge zoological park which is home to 325 Nile crocodiles, giant tortoises, green iguanas, giant pythons, anacondas, white brush marmosets, within an astonishing botanical garden extending over approximately 4 hectares .
VISIT ESSAOUIRA (about 200 km north of Agadir, about 150 euros for 2 people*)
Discovery of the city, its medina and its architecture inspired by French town planning, but all the same atypical, with its colors and its many small local shops. A passage through the old fishing port where you can admire the art of ship repairs. Unmissable, a fish meal (about 25 euros excluding drinks*).
Some suggestions of beaches to discover north of Agadir, for surfers:
- Anza beach, about 8 km away, and its mysterious footprints encrusted in the rock;
- Imourane beach, 15 km away, just after Aourir (the “village of bananas”), extends on both sides of the famous “Devil’s rock”! At Brahim you can taste grilled lobster, caught the same morning. You can also admire the remains of an old Portuguese fort built on a small peninsula.
- Taghazout, a fishing village 30 minutes from Agadir, is also a very famous surf spot! You can also go fishing or diving. Overlooking the beach, discover of course its superb golf course covered with argan trees, between sea and mountains!
- The beach of Aghroud at 35 kms, its small brightly colored houses, for swimming and for a walk, by camel or even on horseback .
- Note, a few kms further, the lighthouse of Cap Ghir.
South of Agadir, wild beaches:
- The beach of Sidi Toual, about 20 km away: it is an authentic and exotic beach, bordered by cliffs, dotted with fishermen’s huts. Access by car is quite difficult and is via secondary roads.
- The Tifnit beach, 50 km away, and its small caves in front of the ocean as well as the blue fishing boats.
- The ledge of Aglou, 96kms away, in the province of Tiznit, with troglodyte dwellings and, not to be missed, the fun donkey and camel souk on Tuesdays…< /li>
- The red beach” of Lagzira, in Mirleft, about 130 kms away: fishing, surfing, diving, walks…
from Souss-Massa to the Atlas
THE VALLEY OF PARADISE (about 30 km from Agadir, about 70 euros for 2 people*)
A 20-minute walk in the middle of a palm grove provides access to this authentic landscape (argan trees, almond trees, olive trees, carob trees, wild thyme, cactus…). Biblical landscape along the wadi in the mountains, and its limestone gorges, waterfalls, streams, natural pools. Lunch of a tagine in the mountains, in small family restaurants.
Take THE HONEY ROAD,
which begins in the Valley of Paradise and crosses breathtaking landscapes: aromatic trails and almond orchards. The town of Imouzzer des Ida-Outanane is famous for its honey, for which a traditional honey festival is held in summer. An unmissable opportunity to celebrate one of the flagship products of the region which is the pride of its inhabitants. 60 km away, you will find the Inzerki apiary, the largest and oldest apiary in the world.
-30 km from Imouzzer, the Win Timdouine cave, the largest cave explored in Africa.
-In the heart of theArganeraie Biosphere Reserve(2.5 million hectares) visit theArgan Oil Cooperative Afoulki (created by women). It offers argan oil (rare and precious for cooking and cosmetics), olive, prickly pear, almonds, etc…
Another certified local product, saffron, called “red gold”. It is grown in the Taliouine region.
VISIT the old fortified town of TAROUDANT (80 kms from Agadir), and the oasis of TIOUT (about 140 euros for 2 pers*)
Discover the city of Taroudant by horse-drawn carriage (10 euros for 4 people*), the old red city nicknamed “little Marrakech”. Its ramparts protect the medina and the souks where you can find carpets, jewelry, leather bags, and other handicrafts.
Donkey ride (4 euros*) to the oasis of Tiout. An oasis of date palms that stretch as far as the eye can see, where you can discover the life of the Berbers who will welcome you with a mint tea and a good meal. Possibility of visiting a zoo on the way back to end the day in style .
-The Oasis of Tata, 250 kms from Agadir, and its crafts: traditionally made pottery, architecture of houses (tataoui or typical colored wooden false ceilings).</ p>
-The Waterfalls and cliffs of Agouliz, 30 kms from Tata.
–60 kms from Agouliz, the oasis of Akka and the Aït Rahal mosque at the 12 century minaret. The site of Oum El Aleg, with fascinating and particularly preserved rock engravings. The citadel of Agadir Ouzrou, which stands on the edge of a rocky cliff, the bivouac Akka Nait Sidi in the desert.
THE LITTLE SAHARA- the lagoon of Massa ( Oued Massa, Tifnit, plan around 120 euros for 2 people*)
Discover the Souss-Massa National Park between Agadir and Tiznit. This 33,800 hectare nature reserve is home to mongooses, jackals, wild boars, gulls, falcons, cormorants, herons, as well as the last colony of bald ibis.
A circuit of discovery of the rich and wild Saharan fauna in the animal reserves for the acclimatization of gazelles, addax, oryx, ostriches with a view to their reintroduction into their original life, and a circuit of observation of the valley of migratory birds, offer the possibility of also taking donkey rides.
Go to the impressive Youssef Ben Tachfin dam on the wadi massa, offering a panoramic view of the massa lagoon, then you will discover the dunes of Rasmouka in the middle of the small Sahara.
In the Souss Massa National Park, follow the Oued Massa which flows into the Atlantic to arrive at the fishing village of Tifnit. Camel ride (about 5 euros per person*), lunch with the locals (about 5 euros per person*).
–In the province of Aït Baha, Tizourgane, one of the igoudars (collective granaries) of Agadir Ikounka, 70kms from Agadir, and the souk of Ida Ougnidif and its famous colored slippers.
– Tiznit, the goldsmith city where craftsmen make the most beautiful silver jewelry in Morocco.
– Tafraout, 166 km south of Agadir, a village with painted rocks and improbably shaped mountains, including “Napoleon’s hat”. Not far, the valley of Ameln, its villages, and the gorges of Aït Mansour.
-The ATLAS massif and its many treasures, between the coast and the Sahara desert, which a guide will be happy to help you discover!
Sunrise in a hot air balloon ( departure 5 a.m., plan approximately 200 euros/pers*)
Leaving from Agadir. Flight times have been scheduled to coincide with sunrise. After your ride, relax in the ambience of a desert tent as you enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast. Hot air balloon flight over the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and camel ride in traditional Tuareg attire.
*Prices are approximate, for information only. Inquire at reception upon arrival.