Agadir and the Atlantic coast

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The majority of travellers heading for Morocco tend to opt for Marrakesh or Agadir as their destination airport, these being generously served by the airline companies, rather than Casablanca or Ouarzazarte.

While Marrakesh continues to attract visitors, this imperial city is increasingly being forsaken and avoided, not to say thoroughly disliked by both property investors and tourists, who are looking for tranquillity and authenticity. Agadir is therefore becoming the airport of choice. If you decide to fly to Agadir, you will have already avoided a 4-hour journey across the High Atlas Mountains and probably 2 extra nights in Marrakesh. In addition, as Agadir is quite devoid of charm or attractive hotels, what could be more natural on landing in Agadir than choosing Taroudant as your first place to stay or your final destination at the end of your trip?

It makes much more sense to opt for a stay in Taroudant or at Les Terrasses de l’Atlas and then make Agadir and the coast a day-trip destination, rather than the reverse. In fact, Agadir doesn’t abound with interesting places to see and what’s more, the excursions offered by the local agencies are literally taking you for a ride on the real motorways of mass tourism used by the larger hotel chains and tour operators. If you really want an original excursion that is completely out-of-this-world, come to our high valley in the Berber country! At our guesthouse in Afensou, you won’t have any problem filling in a few days or a week, as there’s no lack of interesting places to see. In Agadir, you will probably rack your brains to find any original trips to go on!

However, beyond Agadir and its long beaches, the Atlantic coast is full of interest, such as the beautiful port of Essaouira to the north, or the wilder and less visited places on the southern coast, such as the cliffs between the Sous Massa National Park and Aglou, the beaches at Mirleft, the arches of Legzira and the wild Plage Blanche.

The ideal place for those attracted by the coast or looking for cooler air in the summer is to combine staying at Les Terrasses de l’Atlas with touring the coast for a few days, and why not return via the Anti-Atlas Mountains? This is actually one of our favourite tours, which we market through our agency Hors Circuit (www. It combines sea, the medina, Berber villages in the High Atlas, the Plage Blanche Desert and the gorges and palm groves of the Anti-Atlas Mountains.