Agadir is ideally situated for exploring Southern Morocco, and three days leaves enough time to see the city sights, enjoy the beaches, and venture farther afield. Here’s how to spend three days in Agadir.
Day 1: City Sights to Sunset Rides
A city tour is the ideal way to find your bearings and get to know Agadir, whether you join a group tour or explore with a private guide. Start by admiring the views from the hilltop kasbah, a 16th-century fortress just northwest of the city. Then explore the old medina and stroll the atmospheric Talbourjt quarter, stop at landmarks including the Royal Palace and the Mohammed V Mosque, or learn about Berber culture at the Museum of Amazigh Culture. In the afternoon, tuck into Moroccan street food and shop for handicrafts at the Souk El Had d’Agadir, or perhaps visit a local argan-oil factory to learn about the oil Morocco is famous for. End the day with a camel ride through the dunes and watch the sunset along the banks of the Souss River, before enjoying a delicious barbecue dinner in the countryside.
Day 2: Moroccan Culture and Beachside Fun
Learn more about Morocco’s culinary traditions this morning with a cooking class. Visit the local market to shop for ingredients, prepare typical dishes such as tagine with a local chef, then sit down to enjoy a home-cooked lunch. Spend the afternoon swimming and sunbathing at Agadir’s beaches—the southern resort is sunny all year round. Adventurous travelers can book a fun activity such as Jet Skiing, ATV riding, or sandboarding, or set sail on a boat cruise and stop to swim or fish along the way. In the evening, attend a performance showcasing Berber cultural traditions, with live music, belly dancers, snake charmers, and fire-eaters; dinner is included.
Day 3: Take a Day Trip
Agadir is a good jumping-off point for Southern Morocco, so devote your third day to a day trip. Nature lovers can choose between Paradise Valley to the north—a stunning valley where you can walk amid wildflowers, visit artisan farms, and swim in natural pools—and Souss Massa National Park to the south, where you can spot wildlife on the steppe or explore the beaches and dunes in a 4WD. For beach lovers, the coastal resort of Essaouira and the surf hot spot of Taghazout are both within day-trip distance. You could even head to Marrakech and spend a day discovering the royal palaces and historic souks.