Agadir

The Miami of Morocco
A magnificent beach
The Valley of the Birds

Canary Island & Morocco Cruises

Agadir

The modern result of a thousand years of tradition

Agadir was, by all accounts, a characterful Atlantic port, prior to the terrible earthquake of1960 that completely destroyed it. Just four years into independence, the earthquake was an especially traumatic event, but its reconstruction showed modern Morocco at its best, and half a century on, the result is quite impressive.

On your cruise to Morocco you can admire swathes of park and garden that break up the hotel and residential zones, and the magnificent beach which is untrammelled by Spanish Costa-style high-rise building. Downtown Agadir is an exotic cruise excursion; it’s centred on the junction of Boulevard Hassan II and Avenue Prince Moulay Abdallah with Avenue du Prince Sidi Mohammed.

Rebuilt in 1960s “modernist”style, it has all the trappings of a town centre, with office blocks, a post office, town hall (Hôtel de Ville), municipal market and banks. Agadir’s beach is as good as they come: a wide expanse of fine sand, which extends an impressive distance to the south of the town, is swept each morning and patrolled by mounted police.

Along its course are a number of cafés which rent out sunbeds and umbrellas. The ocean – it should be stressed – has a very strong Atlantic undertow and is definitely not suitable for children unless closely supervised. Even adults are advised not to go out swimming alone.

As a break from the beach, and especially if you have kids to amuse, a cruise excursion can’t be complete without a wander into the Valley of the Birds, a narrow strip of parkland, with a little aviary of exotic birds, a small herd of Barbary sheep and some other mammals, a waterfall and a children’s playground. It’s all very pleasant, and the lush vegetation draws a rich variety of birds throughout the year, but inevitably, some of the animal enclosures are distressingly small.

Must see places in Agadir

  • The ‘Pink City’ of Taroudant

    The ‘Pink City’ of Taroudant

  • The Sahara Desert

    The Sahara Desert

  • The Market, Herbalist's shop

    The Market, Herbalist's shop

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  • Best of two cities: Taroudant & Agadir

    CITY TOUR

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    An all-day tour of two cities awaits that will give you a chance to discover the best of two highly contrastive destinations, the old city of Taroudant and the modern resort of Agadir. To begin your Moroccan experience, a 1.5-hour coach ride will take you through the citrus plantations of the Sous Valley - with a photo break at a group of argan trees, much prized for the luxury oil they yield - en route to the first stop: Taroudant and its impressive pinkish-red, ramparted city walls. Often called the "Grandmother of Marrakech" due to its likeness to the larger city, Taroudant retains much of its historical flair, with its foundation dating back to the 11th century. After a short stop to take photos of the ramparts, you'll continue on to the city souk to amble among the produce-laden stalls. A welcome rest then follows on the coach journey back to Agadir, the second of the cities on this tour. Since most of old Agadir was destroyed by an earthquake in 1960, the city now presents a modern face to the world - in stark contrast to the early medieval environs of Taroudant. After a drive around the Agadir's main sights, you'll visit one of the region's most colourful and lively open-air markets for what promises to be a fascinating and multisensory experience. A tasty lunch - accompanied by the "Fantasia" folklore show - rounds off your outing before you return to the pier and your ship.
    • Drink included

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
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  • City tour

    CITY TOUR

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    Only a short distance from the shifting sands of the Sahara Desert and the imposing Anti-Atlas mountains lies the Moroccan port of Agadir, a city of many contrasts. A chance to soak up the unique old-world atmosphere of the amazing Kasbah, a former stronghold situated at approx. 236 m above mean sea level, begins your tour. On account of two earthquakes - one that shook the city in 1731 and the other in 1960 - the Kasbah is not only one of Agadir's few surviving historical buildings, but also forms a winning counterpoint to the port's predominantly modern architecture. As the heart of Agadir's social life, the bustling city centre is both a vibrant hub of restaurants, shops, bars and cafés as well as home to key sights such as the central post office, the new city hall and the court of law. To round off your exploration of Agadir, you can also look forward to an authentic taste of Berber life in the shape of the "Fantasia” folklore show, along with some delicious mint tea and Moroccan pastries. You will then begin to head back to your ship with fresh memories of special moments shared.
    • Tasting included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • Beach Experience

    SEA & SUN

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    If you too feel that no holiday could be complete without some time to enjoy sun and sea, then join us on this tour. A coach drive through the city of Agadir will take you to a leading hotel, your destination for your enjoyable day at sea. Your tasks of the day will be: taking a dip into the Ocean, stretch out on your complimentary sunbed, sip your welcome drink and, if you’re travelling with children, have fun building sandcastles. You’ll have plenty of time at the beach before the coach picks you up and returns you to the ship.Please note: this excursion is subject to weather conditions. The beach is a semi-public beach and provides water-sports activities (some may require additional price to be paid on the sport) that may be available on request. Towels included.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6:30 h

  • A Taste of traditional Morocco: Taroudant & Tiout Oasis

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

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    Make a day of discovering Morocco on a tour designed to introduce you to the country's colourful customs and typical traditions in leisurely comfort. You'll leave Agadir in a coach for a 1.5-hour drive through the appealing Sous Valley, with a photo stop made along the way to have a look at some argan trees, native to Morocco and much prized for their valuable oil. You'll know you've reached Taroudant - founded in the 11th century and commonly referred to as the "Grandmother of Marrakech due to its likeness, only smaller, to the larger city - when you see the pinkish-red of its earthen walls and ramparts. City life is lived almost entirely within these enclosing walls and Taroudant's most historical quarter is particularly famed for its jewellery shops and finely crafted Berber-made products. A chance to stroll through the many stalls of Taroudant's bustling souk then follows, after which a break is scheduled for you to try some typical Moroccan pastries - delicious! To begin the afternoon leg, you'll board the coach again for a 45-minute drive to the palm grove at Tioute, a tranquil oasis located on a hillside overlooking Berber villages. Famed for producing fine items made of silver, the spot is a popular destination with travellers seeking a more authentic Moroccan experience. After enjoying a typical Berber lunch, a final stop for shopping will be made before you begin to head back to Agadir and your ship.
    • Drink included

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      0 h

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Morocco

Traditions and tourism

Traditions and tourism

Moroccan presence is tangible in the Canary Islands, where thousand-year-old cultures live together in harmony and merge into a single way of life, architectural style and cuisine.

And it could not be any other way. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, these volcanic islands, loved for their waters, beaches and mild climate, are much closer to Morocco, only 60 nautical miles from the African coast, than to Spain, the country of which they are part. From Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, a relaxing MSC cruise will take you on a discovery of Morocco and its cities. During your trip to this fascinating African country, you will visit the modern port of Agadir at the foot of the Atlas Mountains (its Berber name means “fortified granary”); and what remains of its historic centre after the destruction of the 1960 earthquake, the medina quarter and the ancient Casbah, located just 8 km from the city.

In Casablanca, on the other hand, it is impossible not to get charmed by the Moorish houses rising side-by-side with Art Deco buildings, examples of the country’s colonial past distant just sixty years. The ancient medina, the Hassan II Mosque, the seafront, outdoor locales and traditional artisan shops are must-sees.