Agadir is located in southwest Morocco. It was established in 1541 by the Portuguese as a trading post (Santa Cruz do Cabo de Gué). It became prosperous for two centuries when the hilltop stronghold (Casbah) was built until it was destroyed by an earthquake. Further calamities including another major earthquake and wars through the centuries, meaning that Agadir was only rebuilt properly in the 1960’s, just a couple of kilometres from the earthquake centre, as an act of religious faith.
The modern city contains many grand educational establishments, including the multi-faculty University of Agadir and colleges such as the famous Lycee Francais and Lycee Zerktouni d’Agadir.
Agadir’s proximity to the Atlas Mountains and the Souss River estuary, European-style cafés, excellent seafood and vibrant nightlife mean that it is not just typically Moroccan but also a dynamic, entertaining city.
Today, one of Agadir’s main claims to fame is due to its wonderful nearby beaches, probably the best in Morocco. Taghazout village, just north of Agadir, is the site of many small, pristine stretches of sand in front of a crystal clear blue ocean. The Agadir-Essaouira coast includes the relatively smaller Tamaounza, Taghazout, Imouran, Bouyirdn, Aghroud, Agadir, Aitswal and Imiouadar beaches, all within driving distance from Agadir.
Agadir’s museums such as the Municipal Museum, the Musee d’Agadir, La Medina d’Agadir, “La Casbah” (the Musée de Talborjt), Musée Bert Flint and the Berber Arts Museum make interesting visiting, as they all display unique aspects of the local history and peoples through the centuries.
Agadir’s Old Casbah is not only a lovely walk to an iconic location, but also provides a panoramic view of the bay, port and new town, which is particularly magical around sunset. The New Medina, south of the city centre, combines modernity with true Moroccan style and is worth spending time at, especially for its many diverse restaurants.
Posted : Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 10:00
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