The Fortress of the Cape
Flowing into the Ocean, Agadir: The Fortress of the Cape. Agadir is one of the main cities of Morocco; it is, for sure, the most important seaside resort of the country. It lies north the Sous river which flows into the ocean.
The city does not have an easy recent history. In February 1960, a violent earthquake killed over a third of its population and destroyed all Agadir. It also reduced the ancient Casbah to dust.
The Casbah (Agadir de la colline) was the oldest district of Agadir, a lively fortress with winding paths, originally built in 1572. Above the front door, the original inscription Fear God and honour the King.
The only thing remaining of the fortress, is a long high wall surrounding empty land. It is worth the visit for the magnificent view over the bay of Agadir. On the hills, there is the inscription in Arabic (often seen in the country) reading God, Country, King, illuminated at night. This produces a very suggestive view of the area.
The new city is a modern, European-like center. Flourishing and rich. Its large port serves fishing, commercial, and leisure purposes with a gorgeous marina. Hotels and luxury resorts spread along the main road facing the sea. We stayed in one of them for a night, and do not regret it at all.
Due to its modern architecture, the city barely resembles the traditional buildings of Morocco. Yet, its mild winters and extended summers make of Agadir one of the most loved spots for a sea holiday. Not far from Europe and with a lovely seafront promenade. Ten kilometres of fine sand invite visitors to relax, enjoying the over 340 days without rain in a year.
The bay of Agadir has another privilege as well, it is a member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World. It is also served by the International Airport of Agadir – Al Massira.
What else can you ask for? If you still long for authentic Moroccan views, Marrakech is just a three-hour bus ride away. Buses are comfortable and convenient; highways are good. Don’t wait any longer. If you need a break from the boring European winter, jump on a plane… Agadir is waiting!