Morocco is a number one travel destination which gets more and more attractive for people from all around the globe. The pretty architecture, friendly people and delicious food have made it very attractive for travelers. You probably think of Marrakech or the Sahara desert first when you think about Morocco but in this blogpost I want to show you another part of the country:
Souss-Massa is a region located in the South West of Morocco with the Atlantic Ocean at the coastline and the mountain rage of the Anti-Atlas behind it. The capital of the region is Agadir where we stayed for four days.
The city of Agadir was almost completely destroyed during a heavy earthquake in 1960 which was the worst natural disaster in Morocco.
But Agadir got completely rebuilt with a modern harbor and a lovely beach to relax and play. Some parts are even reconstructed in the original way. One of these places is the Medina:
MEDINA OF AGADIR
The Medina is the project of an Italian architect Coco Polizzi. He started to rebuilt it in 1992. All the buildings are new but designed in a traditional Moroccan way with many details to discover.
You can find small artesian stores or sit under one of the many Eukalyptus trees to enjoy the atmosphere.
I especially loved the theater where they play concerts during warm summer evenings.
MOSQUE MOHAMMED V.
This mosque has been my one of my favorite spots in Agadir. It is a beautiful and colorful mosque which is full with many details. We didn’t went inside but even the facade is extremely pretty.
SOUK EL HAD
This souk has been the largest one we’ve ever seen! The market is not only for tourists like many other souks but more for locals which do the daily shopping here. It is divided in different sections: One for artesian goods, another one for clothes, one for spices and so on. We had so much fun walking around and seeing all the different goods.
Dates can be found everywhere in Morocco
THE CASBAH OF AGADIR
The casbah of Agadir is an old fortress from 1572 which got destroyed by the earth quake 1960. But it’s still possible to visit the original walls on the hills over the city nowadays. The Casbah is one of the oldest parts of Agadir.
SOUTH OF AGADIR
During our last day we decided to explore more of the Souss-Massa region in the South…
Tiznit is a small city in the South of the Region. It was built in the 19th century after people discovered a water source in the desert and startet to settle down at this spot.
A huge wall was created around the old town to protect the source and inhabitants from the Berber tribes back in the days.
Today you can still see the Grand Mosque and the Casbah from this time which are both in a very good condition.
Kasbah of Tiznit
PARAGLIDING IN AGLOU
Not far from Tiznit lies the small city Aglou. It’s located right at the beach with some lovely hills and cliffs around it. The perfect place for me to try paragliding for the very first time I was a little scared at the beginning but after we took off from the ground it felt so peaceful and was a great way to see Morocco from a new perspective.
WHERE TO STAY IN AGADIR?
After busy days of exploring, it always has been nice to come home to a beautiful hotel to relax. We stayed at the Tikida Golf Palace Agadir which we absolutely loved!
TIKIDA GOLF PALACE AGADIR
The resort is located outside of the city centre and surrounded by an Eukalyptus forest. It’s one of the most picturesque hotels we ever stayed at with many traditional Moroccan elements. The patio is full of blooming plants and the pool surrounded by cacti and palm trees!
Beside that the hotel has two golf courses and even a golf school. I had so much fun to try golfing for the very first time.
Résumé of our stay in Agadir
The four days in Agadir and the surrounding have been amazing to get a first impression of Morocco but were definitely too short. We absolutely can not wait to see more of this rich country! The Architecture, Food, Kindness of the locals, … everything really impressed us.
This post was created in cooperation with Visit Agadir.