strategically important and unique location of the continent,
Morocco is a country located at the northwestern edge of the African continent.
Situated in this strategically important and unique location of the continent, the country has a vast coastline stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean.
For a very long time, the region has been an important hub of trade and commerce, with places ranging from Europe and Asia to other parts of Africa.
Moreover, the place has been important centers of tradition and culture as well, for groups ranging from the Romans to Berbers and everything between.
The coastal regions of Morocco have numerous port cities from end to end.
One of the most important coastal cities is called Agadir.
Situated along the Atlantic coast of the country, the city is famous as a place of culture, traditions, trade, and commerce, and has been so for a very long time.
The city itself is located along the mid-point of the country’s coastal regions, which sharply divide the area into the mountainous and fairly green north, and the arid Sahara.
Concerning the city’s history, there is little information about its existence before the 12th century.
There are sporadic mentions of it throughout history, but the first real foundations of the city began with Portuguese colonization when the region’s first settlements were established.
It was from this point on that the history of modern-day Agadir is traced.
Also, to note is that the full name of the city is, Agadir n Yighir, literally “the fortress of the cape”, due to its forts and walls.
There are several cities and towns throughout Morocco with ‘Agadir’ in their name; the term ‘Agadir’ meaning ‘wall’ or ‘citadel’ in the local Berber language.
The climate of Agadir is a hot semiarid one, characterized by warm summers and mild winters.
Due to its proximity to the Atlantic coast, the city enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year.
There is little to no rainfall throughout the year and the only precipitation that occurs in the area being during the winter months, from December to January.
Also, unlike other places in Morocco, there is no snowfall here during winters.
The city of Agadir is divided into several areas, the details of which are given below:
The New Talborjt area is a recently developed region of the city, named after the Old Talborjt area, with the word ‘Talborjt’ meaning ‘Small Fort’ in Berber.
It is a short distance away from Old Talborjt and is connected via the Boulevard Mohammed Sheik Saadi.
There are several important avenues in the region such as the Avenue February 29, Avenue President Kennedy, Etc.
Other attractions include its memorial museum and a garden, called the Ibn Zaydoun. It is also an important place for activities such as dining in the city.
Several areas in the city are just for residential purposes.
Some of the most important are:
They include everything from residential complexes to seaside villas and even diplomatic buildings like the French and Spanish consulates.
Numerous ports have been built over the ages to facilitate growing demand.
Currently, the city has several ports; a major trading port, two fishing ports and a port for leisure boats.
The main artery of the region is the Avenue du Port, which connects the vast coastal areas with local businesses and other residential areas.
The Casbah was built by Moulay Abdallah al-Ghalib in 1572 and is the oldest district in Agadir.
Situated adjacent to the Atlantic coast, the district features vast winding streets, old buildings and an excellent example of Moroccan architecture.
Part of the wall was damaged during an earthquake, which has since been restored.
At the hill of the kasbah, is an inscription in Arabic that reads, “God, Country, King”, and is like the rest of the walls, lit up during night times.
This was one of the oldest areas of the city and was once famous for its markets and city square.
After the earthquake, the place was declared as unsuitable for reconstruction and has since been largely abandoned.
The Medina is a large space constructed by an Italian artist named Coco Polizzi using traditional Berber designs, near to the BenSergao district in the city.
It is today an important hub for handicraft trade in the city and also has a museum, handicrafts workshops, individual residences and more.
The city of Agadir is fairly safe for tourists and in fact, frequented by plenty of them all year round.
To a very large extent, the only real problem for tourists is getting fleeced of their money and that’s about it.
Other than that, one should be safe in Agadir, as long as they take reasonable safety precautions.
One of the most interesting and unique thing about Agadir that strikes the mind, is its lifestyle and outlook.
In comparison to the rest of the country which is relatively conservative, Agadir is rather liberal in approach.
It is fairly similar to many European cities, with an open atmosphere and way of life.
With an active nightlife, club scene, bars, parties and more, this is one of the more unique cities in all of Morocco.
There are several attractions in and around Agadir.
Among them all, some of the most important include:
Furthermore, there are many other tourist attractions as well.
There is much to do while in Agadir.
Of them all, the activities can be described into two categories, namely sightseeing and nightlife.
The city is famous for its ancient buildings, architectural sites, and other attractions, which make it an interesting destination for anyone who is into history and culture.
In addition to it, there is also an active nightlife in the city, similar to those found in many European cities.
There are a couple of important things to keep in mind while traveling to Agadir.
The city is fairly safe for tourists, as long as you take reasonable safety measures.
Do keep a lookout for the prices of whatever you buy, as tourists often get fleeced with higher rates.
Also, the weather is fairly mild, and unlike anything, you can find in other parts of the country like the Far East or south where it’s too hot.
Last but not least; know that Agadir is one of the most important ‘base’ cities for exploring the regions around this part of Morocco.
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So if you want to explore the Atlantic coast of Morocco, it is a good idea to use Agadir as your base and travel about all along the vast western coast of the country.
As a whole, Agadir is an excellent coastal destination in Morocco like no other.
Situated right in the middle of the country’s vast Atlantic coast, it is an excellent destination for those wanting to explore the beauty of Southern Morocco, the vast Atlantic as well as the uniqueness of this stunning port city.
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