Agadir

Agadir / Morocco


With the Atlantic ports of Agadir, Casablanca and Tangier, the Kingdom of Morocco has three well-known cruise destinations. As for Agadir, an average of 30 cruise ships call at Agadir every year. The port and university city is located about 370 kilometers as the crow flies south of Casablanca and 640 kilometers as the crow flies northeast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Article overview Agadir

The name of the city is derived from the castle-like granaries and storage buildings of the Berber tribes in southern Morocco called “Agadir”. They served on the one hand to store the harvest and on the other hand as a place of refuge during attacks by rival tribes.

Agadir-Kasbah

Agadir-Kasbah


Founded by Portuguese sailors

Portuguese sailors founded Agadir in 1505 as a trading base. Portuguese rule only lasted a relatively short time. The Muslim Saadian dynasty conquered the city as early as 1541. Agadir was quiet for over two centuries. In November 1755, an earthquake destroyed part of the fortress overlooking Agadir. In 1911, the German Reich sent two gunboats and a light cruiser to Agadir after French troops had previously occupied Fes and Rabat. This intervention was perceived internationally as aggression. However, France saw its interests in North Africa threatened and quickly declared Morocco a French protectorate. At that time, fewer than 1.000 people lived in Agadir.

Morocco's fast growing port city

The city came back into the international public's consciousness when a devastating earthquake destroyed Agadir on February 29, 1960. 10.000 to 15.000 people died.

In addition to the loss of many lives with lice, the ancient building structure was also lost. This explains why only a few historical buildings still exist today. To those traveling through, Agadir appears to be a modern, rapidly growing city. While the Internet speaks of around 600.000 to a million inhabitants, the 2014 census shows that almost 422.000 people lived in Agadir at the time.

Agadir - new buildings

Agadir - new buildings


Agadir's economy

After the city was founded at the beginning of the 16th century, the natural harbor was used to export agricultural products such as dates, wax and sugar cane. Since cobalt ore as well as manganese and zinc deposits have been mined in the Anti-Atlas, Agadir has served as an export port for these raw materials. Other important business sectors include fishing and fish processing, the metal industry and tourism.

Agadir Marina

Agadir Marina


Tourism benefits all year round from a healthy climate with dry warmth and pleasant temperatures, 300 days of sunshine a year, a six-kilometer-long, wide and well-kept beach, large hotel complexes and the Al Massira international airport.

Agadir – destination for cruise ships

While the city's general tourist infrastructure is good, Agadir leaves a lot to be desired as a cruise port. Cruise ships dock at Port Commercial d'Agadir. As the name suggests, Agadir lacks a functional cruise terminal.

Agadir - cruise ship 

Agadir - cruise ship


Incidentally, Agadir also lacks truly spectacular sights that attract holidaymakers. The kilometer-long beach, the marina or the Souk El Had do not appeal to every “crusader”. – Outside Agadir, however, there are some worthwhile destinations that can be visited as part of boat trips and organized tours in small groups. These destinations are the cities of Essaouira, Taroudant and Marrakesh. Under Tour to Marrakech we describe the impressions we gained in the city of millions.

Update - February 2024