The cruise terminal of Agadir lies at the northwest tip of Agadir's main attraction: the 8 km (5 mile) long crescent-shaped, very clean beach. The central stretch is the best part and is a 10 min taxi ride or a 30-45 min walk along the coast road.
The town and the souk lie behind the central beach.
Most cruise lines offer a shuttle service in to town for about 6-8 Euros, recommended on hot days. (About 300 per year!)
There are no facilities at the dock.
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The name Agadir is a common Berber noun agadir meaning "wall, enclosure, fortified building, citadel".
Agadir is really about relaxation and enjoyment rather than sightseeing; soak up some sun and take a camel ride along the beach.
The kasbah, (a 20 min walk up) built in 1540 by Mohamed ech-Sheik saw its fate being reduced to ashes with the earthquake and the tidal wave of 1960.In 15 seconds, several thousands of deaths, all buried under the debris which forms today what there remains of the invincible kasbah. An imposing panoramic view of the city, the beach and the port rewards those who made the effort of getting to the top. One reaches it by a small road made in the hill. Boulevard Mohammed V, then follow the indications.
There is a small zoo, called "Vallée des Oiseaux". The entrance is very cheap,
Most of the Agadir's petit taxi are quite legal and use the taximeter (you can ask the driver to do it without any problems). If you go around the center, they will ask you normally from 10 to 20 Dh. There are also some buses but, as usual, they are very crowded, slow, and pass with low frequency. The tourist city is small enough to go walking instead of going by bus.
With a position between Morocco's two main mountain ranges, the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains, Agadir is an excellent place from which to set out on excursions into the countryside. Imposing, snow-topped mountains, thundering waterfalls, tiny hamlets, and expansive palm groves are among the many sights, not to mention seeing the Berber tribes in their home habitat.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Marrakech: Marrakech is not only a fantastic city, it is also a symbol of the Morocco that once was, and which still survives here.
At about 80km east from Agadir, there is the city of Taroudannt, which is worth the visit if you don't plan to visit Marrakech or other big historical cities.
Arganoil is famous for cooking as well as healing and beautifying the body.
The Argan tree is only found in Morocco and is also famous for the goats climbing into it, with a little luck you might see one on top of an Argan tree
For local atmosphere and a good choice of handicrafts head for the souk, a walled area on Rue Chair al Hamra Mohammed Ben Brahim. When you arrive at the souk make sure you remember which door you went in, as there are many entrances to the souk (around 21).
There are some excellent restaurants right on the waterfront, Rue de la Plage, and just back from the waterfront, on Boulevard du 20 Aout, you will find pretty courtyard restaurants complete with fountains and cane chairs.
Moroccan Dirham (MAD). This currency is divided into 100 centimes.
It is forbidden to export Moroccan money and it is not possible to exchange it; therefore, you should try and spend all your local money before you leave.
There are no restrictions on the amounts of foreign currencies imported. There are banknotes of 10, 50, 100 and 200 DH. In the cities banks have cash points and they are open between 8 and 11,30 a.m. and between 2 and 4,30 p.m. In the summer they sometimes don't close at lunchtime.
Most hotels, restaurants and antique shops accept credit cards.
The languages are Arabic and Berber, however most people also speak French.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are open late and are numerous in cities and smaller towns that see significant tourist traffic.
emergency phone numbers: Police: 19; Fire Service: 15.
The biggest event on the Moroccan calendar is the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during the daytime and feast at night. Most restaurants are closed for lunch (with the exception of those catering specifically to tourists) and things generally slow down. Traveling during this time is entirely possible, and the restrictions don't apply to non-Muslims, but it's respectful to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the fast.
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