Poised between the Atlantic and the snow crowned Atlas Mountains, Agadir is a lively resort set beside a vast beach and the most important shipping port in southwestern Morocco. Cruise ships will dock in the commercial port to the west of the city and you will need a taxi or tour bus to reach the town centre. Adjacent to the centre is a five mile long beach lined with cafes, restaurants and hotels. As a result of the destruction by an earthquake in 1960, Agadir is a very modern city, built with the tourist vacation in mind, a city which boasts a number of good hotels, restaurants, shops and a lively nightlife. Little remains of the original kasbah high above the city except a few walls, but the views over the city and around are excellent. You can also visit the Agadir Grand Souk, the largest covered market in the area
It is the perfect base for excursions to Taroudant and Marrakesh (135 miles). Called the "Grandmother of Marrakech" Taroudant has the feel of a small market town on some caravan route yet it resembles Marrakech with it's surrounding ramparts. Unlike Marrakech, Taroudant contains almost the whole city within it's walls. Framed by the snowy heights of the Atlas, Marrakesh boasts rose-coloured ramparts, a thousand year old palm grove, its world-famous square, Jamaa El Fna and the Koutoubia mosque.
Agadir, named "Fortified Granary" in Berber, is the ancient Portuguese port of Santa Cruz du Cap de Gue, a fortress that was conquered in 1541 by Mohamed el-Mehdi, founder of the Saadian dynasty. The agricultural development undertaken by the Saadians was very successful, known as Agadir's Golden Age. They had a flourishing trade in sugar cane, gold, olive oil, hides and spices. Since independence from France in 1956 and following the destruction by an earthquake in 1960, Agadir has been developed as an important tourist destination.
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