Agadir, located in the southern Part of Morocco, surrounded by the Sahara Desert and offering easy access to its many natural parks and secluded beaches with wide stretches of golden sands has become a very popular choice for European travellers and golfers alike.
Called the “Pearl of the Souss” mostly due to the fact that its beaches are famous for their cleanliness and stunning beauty, Agadir is an important fishing and commercial port that was re-built after the major earthquake in 1960 and is not really typical of the more traditional Moroccan destinations with its large buildings, wide roads, and abundance of modern hotels and tourist attractions.
For the golfer, Agadir offers some top-class golf courses set in an amazing variety of settings that guarantee you maximum pleasure whether you’re just a beginner or an old hand and there is a bus service which collects and drops off to most of the large hotels several times a day. The main attraction, apart from golfing of course is the 10km-long beach and there are a lot of surf schools, surf camps and surf shops to cater for the all surfers who visit the resort throughout the year. If you’re into historical sites a part of the original fortress can be found at the top of the hill beside the city and the large and very well known market “Souk al Had” with over 3,000 stalls is the place to find everything from traditional local food and leather goods to local crafts and souvenirs and is only a short distance from the city centre. Be sure to have your bargaining head on when you go there as the locals love to barter hard!
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy some of the local food then Agadir has some truly fabulous restaurants offering everything from authentic Moroccan cuisine to French-Moroccan fusion and international dishes but try to avoid the restaurants that cater solely for tourists if you want to truly experience the true taste of Morocco.
The cheapest restaurants can be found in the “New Talbourjt” where they offer menus for around 35 Dh. Along the beachfront you will find everything from international fast food, Indian and fish restaurants although it is the most expensive touristic zone and the “Uniprix” offers a mixture of tourist and local restaurants in the mid-price range. If you’re looking for a quick snack, keep an eye out for the pastry vendors who roam the beach carrying big plastic trays, selling delicious sweet fried bread which is best described as a kind of African donut. Check out accommodation and golf courses in Agadir.
Agadir has been well prepared for the European golfer and you will find plenty of bars and nightclubs in the touristic zones for your evening drink and chill after a long day on the golf course.