Hotels and alternatives
Ait Laayoune (t. 028 824375)
Amenou (t. 028 841556)
Canaria (t. 028 856727)
Diaf (t. 028 825852)
Excelsior (t. 028 821028)
Massa (t. 028 822409)
Tamri (t. 028 821880)
Tour Eiffel (t. 028 823712)
Atlantic (t. 028 843661)
Ayour (t. 028 824976)
el-Bahia (t. 028 822724)
Moderne (t. 028 840473)
de Paris (t. 028 822694)
Tiznine (t. 028 843925)
Aferni (t. 028 840730)
les Palmiers Near beach. (t. 028 843719)
Pergola 8 km south. (t. 028 271801)
Petit Suede (t. 028 840779)
Provencal 9 km south. (t. 028 832612)
Sindibad (t. 028 823477)
Talborjt (t. 028 840386)
Jamal (t. 028 )
Kamal (t. 028 842817)
Mabrouk Near beach. (t. 028 840606)
Miramar Near beach. (t. 028 840770)
Marhaba Near beach. (t. 028 840670)
al Mountassir (t. 028 843228)
Residence Farah Apartments. (t. 028 843933)
Residence Karam Apartments. (t. 028 848407)
Studiotel Afoud Apartments. (t. 028 843999)
Residence Sacha Apartments. (t. 028 841167)
Studiotel Soraya Apartments. (t. 028 827809)
Sud Bahia (t. 028 846384)
Yasmina Apartments. (t. 028 842660)
Adrar (t. 028 840417)
Agadir Beach Club On the beach. (t. 028 844343)
Amadil Beach (t. 028 829300)
Jacaranda 5 km south. (t. 028 280316)
Al Moggar (t. 028 842270)
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Dorint Atlantic Palace (t. 028 824146)
Al-Madina Palace (t. 028 845353)
Palais des Roses (t. 028 849400)
Riu Tikida Beach (t. 028 845400)
More hotels in Inezgane, 8-13 km south.
My first meeting with what may be my favourite dish: Pil-pil, a very spicy dish of prawns, eaten with a lot of bread.
Agadir has a lot of hotels that range from lousy places that double as brothels to five star hotels with more than one swimming pool. Agadir is stadily getting more and more popular as a tourist destination, and anyone coming here during European or Muslim holidays as well as weekends should try to make reservations ahead.
Restaurants and alternatives
Agadir has plenty of restaurants, and is one of the few places in Morocco where Western style restaurants manage to serve good foreign food. But still, there are more mediocre than good places around. And as so often else in this country, the price level doesn't necessarily indicate anything in respect of quality.
If you really look for some great genuine Moroccan food, step out from the tourist streets and look for the first place where normal Agadirians stay and eat: this is the place where the people who know go.
Agadir offers a wide range of activities. Along the beach, camel rides, water scooters and parachute-pulling of speed boats are standard offerings. Apart from that, there are many tennis courts, but if your hotel doesn't have one, you will have to look quite a bit around to find a place that will open to you. Agadir also has a 18 hole golf course.
Agadir's night life is fairly good seen with European eyes, but fantastic seen with Moroccan eyes. Most dicos and clubs are part of hotels, but they normally allow outside guests. Some, but only a few of these are frequented by normal Moroccan girls, but in most cases when there is a Moroccan girl in such a place, she is actually out working.
Moroccan men are numerous in places like this, and unfortunately a good number of these are de facto prostitutes too: looking for Western women with whom they will spend time and have all expenses paid as well as expecting a gift. But just like with women , a good number of the men are just out having fun.
Agadir has several banks, as well as ATMs. Many hotels will change money.
Agadir has buses passing through just east of the Talborjt up town. But most of the traffic from Agadir is served through Inezgane. In order to get to Inezgane, you will have to jump on a bus (easy, cheap) or take a taxi (easy, not expensive if you know how much to pay).
How to get there
Agadir has good connections with all possible destination. Air planes bring you to most destinations in Morocco, even in southern direction. There are even internatioal flights on Agadir. Most of these are chartered flights, as tourism is the main activity down here. For many europeans, Agadir is the most affordable destination in North Africa.
Buses are preferred by most Moroccan travellers, but has a tendency of becoming full quickly, much because Agadir is only a stop on the way south or north.
Shared taxis could have been easier to use in Agadir, as you have to go to the neighbouring Inezgane (10 km south) (which is part of larger Agadir) to get one. Hired taxis, a bit more expensive, can be ordered to come to your hotel, but a company of six (the maximum number of passengers in a Moroccan taxi) pay more each than they would do in a normal, shared taxi, which has fixed rates.
Renting a car in Agadir is easy, and a little bit less expensive than in other parts of Morocco. At around 2500- 3000 dh a week (all included, except gaz) a small car is at your disposal, and small villages can be reached easily. The cheapest deals are normally with the company Tourist Cars, but my last experience with them was a car that almost killed me. Of the cheap companies, Afric Cars is the best.