Beautiful Agadir is Morocco’s most popular beach resort, which is warm and sunny even in the midst of winter, offering an enticing escape all year round. Here are just some of the reasons why Agadir is so attractive for Muslim families and couples alike.

Year-round sunshine

Agadir is set in the south of Morocco, on its west coast, sheltered by high mountains. Average high temperatures in July and August are around 30°C, and over the winter it enjoys some of the mildest weather in the country. The average high temperature rarely falls below 22°C, even in the depths of winter, with an average of 7-9 hours of sunshine in the winter months, making it a great choice for a halal-friendly holiday all year round. The summer season stretches right into November, when the average high temperature is 25°C and the sea temperature is a warm 20°C.

History and Culture in Agadir

Unfortunately, not much remains of old Agadir, due to an earthquake which flattened much of the city in 1960. There is little left of the Kasbah Oufella, apart from its walls, but it still sits on a hilltop overlooking the modern city, and is worth visiting for the views alone.

Kasbah Oufella

To get a sense of the old city, visit La Nouvelle Medina Polizzi, a site built in the 1990s that was built using traditional Berber techniques to recreate the medina.There are restaurants, workshops and shops there. You can also visit the Musée Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh to find out more about the local history of the area.

La Nouvelle Medina Polizzi

Golden sandy beaches in Agadir

Life in Agadir revolves around its vast sandy beach, which sweeps along the coastline for some 9 kilometres, with a palm-lined promenade, known as the Corniche, running alongside. It is a Blue Flag beach of golden sand, attracting beach-lovers from all around the world. There are many beachfront restaurants and cafes, serving tasty halal food. There are a wide variety of watersports taking place and sunbeds and shades are available for hire. It’s not only buzzing during the day, but also in the evenings when the cafés come into their own and families stroll along the seafront promenade. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunset too!

Agadir beach

Just outside Agadir are the famous surf beach of Taghazout and Tamraght Beach, which is perfect for families with its shallow waters.

Natural Landscape in Agadir

Take a day trip away from the coast and visit the beautiful Paradise Valley in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Hike through limestone gorges, past traditional villages, alongside rivers, and admire the stunning Imouzzer waterfall.

Paradise Valley

Further south is the National Park of Sous-massa, which is a wonderful place for bird-watching, situated around the Sous-massa river estuary - drive or take an organised excursion from Agadir. Make sure you include a stop-off at the traditional fishing village of Tifnit.

Family-friendly entertainment in Agadir

Obviously, the 10 km long, wide, golden sandy beach is a big attraction for families visiting Agadir and a great place to enjoy a camel or horse ride.

Horse-riding along the beautiful sand at Agadir beach
Camel-riding along the beautiful sandy Agadir beach

There is also a big wheel in a funfair area, close to the beach, ‘La Grande Roue d’Agadir’ which children will enjoy - it is open in the late afternoon and evening. One of the top family days out in Agadir is a visit to Crocoparc, where you can see crocodiles, iguanas, turtles and snakes. Don’t miss feeding time! Nature-lovers will also enjoy a visit to the Vallée des Oiseaux, where you can see a diverse array of exotic birds including parrots and flamingos, as well as ducks, geese, and some animals such as goats.

Shopping in Agadir

For an authentic Moroccan shopping experience, head to Souk El Had, where you'll find over 6,000 stalls selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to spices, clothing, pottery and jewellery.

Souk in Agadir

It’s a wonderful place to find some souvenirs to take back from your halal-friendly holiday or simply to soak up the atmosphere. It is open every day except for Mondays. 12 numbered gates lead into the souk and stalls tend to be grouped together with those selling similar goods, which makes it relatively easy to find your way around. Specialities of the region include argan oil and locally-grown saffron. If upmarket boutiques are more your thing then head to the modern Agadir Marina - it’s a lovely place to wander in the evening, and perhaps enjoy a mint tea or an ice cream.

Delicious halal food in Agadir

One of the biggest benefits of the cosmopolitan ambience in Agadir is the huge variety of international cuisine which is available - and all of it is halal. From pizza and pasta, to fast food burgers and Indian delicacies, Agadir can claim to offer the most diverse range of restaurants in Morocco.

Moroccan tagine

Due to its coastal location, there are some excellent fish and seafood restaurants in Agadir and, of course, there are also lots of places serving traditional Moroccan specialities such as couscous and tagines. Halal meat is available throughout and it is very easy to find alcohol-free restaurants and cafés.

Where to stay in Agadir

HalalBooking offers a good selection of halal-friendly accommodation in and around Agadir. Choose from hotels and apart-hotels, according to your requirements, by using our unique halal-friendliness filters.

How to get to Agadir

Agadir has its own international airport serving many European cities with scheduled or charter flights. It is also possible to travel the 260 kms from Marrakech by bus or taxi and there are good road links with other Moroccan centres. Alternatively, you could choose to hire a car from Marrakech airport and drive to Agadir. The road between Marrakech and Agadir is a very modern and safe dual carriageway.

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