Coastal Areas activities
Many different watersports are available on Agadir's beach including scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, banana boat rides and pedaloes. Camel-riding & horse-riding are popular along the beachfront and camel excursions are available in Agadir. Hiking is a good way to explore the landscape from the Atlas Mountains and discover rocky plateaus, secret lush green valleys and gorges. Quad or mountain bike hire is readily available, and there are some excellent golf courses too.
Shop'o holics delight!
Agadir is home to just some of Morocco's colourful and fascinating souk markets. Head to 'Souk el Had'. Set within rose-pink walls you'll be greeted by a whole host of merchants. Blacksmiths hammer at metal to create iron lanterns, copper pots and brass platters. There's a myriad of avenues and alleyways all home to souks selling everything from bright kaftans, antiques, carpets, leather to colourful fabrics, copper, sparkling trinkets, ornate hookahs, unusual lamps, musical instruments and a dazzling aromatic potions, purfumes and spices. Haggling is a considered matter, so be prepared and make sure you barter with the locals to bag yourself a bargain or two. A good starting point is to half the initial price and clinch a deal from there! The town is also home to a main square choc-a-bloc with stalls and traders selling brightly coloured spices, beautifully patterned rugs and carpets called 'kelims', rows of soft leather shoes, 'djellabas' - Morocco's flowing kaftans and copperware.
Agadir offers something to please every palate from the ethnic fast food, international restaurants and authentic Moroccan cuisine. Packed full of restaurants, seafront cafés and food stalls, you're in for a real feast! Take your pick from freshly grilled sardines, delicious sea bream straight from the sea, mouth-watering kebabs called 'brochettes' or feast on delicious tagines - tender meat and vegetable stews simmered for hours under conical clay lids served with 'cous cous' - fluffy heaps of semolina grain mixed with vegetables or meat. Another authentic and delicious dishes include 'harira' a rich chickpea broth served with dates and filo pastry parcels called 'pastilla'. The tasty mouthfuls are stuffed with pigeon meat and dusted with icing sugar. If you crave a sweet-treat, give the puddings a go! Try the crescent shaped pastries called 'kaab el ghzal' - these moist honey cakes ooze a sweet almond paste. When you fancy something a little more sophisticated, there are smart brassieres and hotel restaurants serving gourmet and international cuisine. But whatever you do, make sure you sample some Moroccan mint tea - it's wonderfully refreshing. Morocco is a Muslim country, however alcohol is widely available in the tourist hotels, restaurants and bars.
Experience a slice of true Morocco, and visit one of the many Shisha Cafés - this popular Middle Eastern pastime is a favourite with local Moroccans and visitors. Hunt out one of the numerous cafés and simply watch the world go. Here, you can lie back on long intricate comfy cushions and spend the time talking to and making friends whilst enjoying this Arab delight. The hookah uses a small charcoal tablet to gently heat a special, flavour-infused tobacco blend - there are many varieties to try out, such as strawberry, peach, apples and grape. The tobacco never burns, but is filtered as it is drawn through the water-filled, hand-blown glass base and inhaled through ornate, embroidered hoses. The vapor is incredibly smooth, sweet and aromatic. The 'shisha' or 'hookah' was invented over 500 years ago by the Turks who refined smoking to an artful and elegant ceremonial experience that is to be shared in the company of friends. Men and women of the upper classes in the Arab world have been entertaining guests with hookah pipes for centuries.