I know, it’s autumn. We do not need to be reminded of the summer that’s gone.
But a promise is a promise, so I hope to show you a series of travel pictures in 2 (or 3) separate posts. This year I have an overbooked of holidays and I am feeling slightly guilty about it. Too much of a good things can be a bane! Travelling has been a passion and a strong calling of mine. At this present moment, I feel the urge to create a travel blog. Sigh, I can’t even do a good job on this one what makes me think I could keep a travel blog running?!
I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I’ll say this again “I am not a beach person.” but there are millions of Moroccans and tourists who are and my boys at home love the beach, so mommy has to give in. 😉
Agadir has a population of 678,596 (include the nearby cities of Inezgane and Aït Melloul). The population of the city proper is estimated at 200,000. The mild winter climate (January average midday temperature 20.5°C/69°F) and good beaches have made it a major “winter sun” destination for Northern Europeans. The city is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, just north of the point where the Souss River flows into the ocean.
Agadir is an important fishing and commercial port, the first sardine port in the world, (exporting cobalt, manganese, zinc and citrus). It is also a seaside resort with a long sandy beach. Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafés, Agadir is not a typical city of traditional Morocco, but it is a modern, busy and dynamic town. Agadir is famous for its sea food and agriculture.
So here goes! (Click for on individual picture for a larger image if you wish).
Visitors to the Agadir beach will not miss the hill with the Arabic inscription of “God, the King and the Nation”.
This is my very first time in Morocco during the summer (other times I try to avoid it) so I was pleasantly surprised to find so many local sun worshippers, stretching as far as the eyes can see.
The tourists, but not always..!
We made our way up to the hill, shown in the first picture above, by car and this is the view of Agadir bay I took from the peak. As the sun sets, a darker shade of night envelope the sky.
Up at the peak of the hill is the Agadir kasbah, in ruin. I came here in Autumn last year but this is my first time with super-duper camera (well, not exactly), so I got a better shot this time. At 15 minutes to midnight on February 29, 1960, Agadir was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds, burying the city and killing thousands. The death toll is estimated at 15,000. The earthquake destroyed the ancient Kasbah. On its front gate can still be read the following sentence in Arabic: “Fear God and honour thy King”. This is the picture of what is left of the kasbah.
For those who thinks the sun during the day is too hot, there is the last opportunity before the day ends to come out and play. There is something for the children, for the adults, musics in the air, cafes and restaurants provide a vibrant and beautiful scenes of the beach. It was 10:30pm when I took the picture of children on their bouncing harness and little boats. Parents here sure are liberal with children’s bedtime during summer holidays! I can still see children walking and running about at midnight.
At the foot of the hill with inscription we saw there is a development of luxury apartments and the marina. The following is perhaps my favourite picture of the day.
About 136km from Agadir, there is the Aglou beach resort. It was unfortunate that there was mists and strong winds on the Atlantic coasts that day we soon gave up the idea of swimming but we found men fishing by the cliffs in the poor weather condition.
Would you dare to perch yourself on the edge of the cliff? 🙂
On a separate occasion we visited the Taghazout beach. Taghazout is a surfer paradise north of Agadir. The beach is right next to the Taghazout village with no fancy hotels or restaurants which is just what I want. 1000km+ long of Atlantic coasts in Morocco, especially the South serves as a good surfing spot for enthusiasts throughout the year.
Besides beach balls, boom boxes, musics, surfs, umbrellas, lazy chairs, what have we got here?….CAMELS!
and more camels…
and horses… can you see the Taghazout village in red?
I hope these pictures entice you to visit Agadir. The food is good, price is reasonable, people are friendly and (always warm my heart when I say this) very honest. My husband left his Rayban sunglasses with barber and I thought he is not going to get it back since it has past 4 days. We went back there after 4 days, we got it back and the barber said he has kept another 2 of his customer’s sunglasses with him. I too, felt very embarrassed to have my hair cut for £3 and three of my suits sew and repaired for £3, that I often tipped a little more to assuage my guilt. This is not the case in the north of Morocco, where prices are comparable to the European ones.
If that pique your appetite for more pictures, I’ll post up a few more pictures of Marakkech, the Jemal Efna square and the souk soon!