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Coastline from above in Agadir, Morocco. (ThinkStock)

What to do in Agadir

Nestled in a crescent-shaped bay on Morocco’s sunny southwestern coast, Agadir is a beach Mecca for Europeans. A collection of large resorts loom above the expansive, arid beach alongside the Atlantic. Thankfully there is plenty of space to absorb the throngs who flock here in summer. Camels lounge on Agadir Beach waiting to give tourists a ride, local kids play soccer in the sand, smiling waiters serve bikini-clad tourists on the beach, and the Anti-Atlas Mountains loom in the background.

The miles of sheltered golden beach are the real draw to Agadir. The city lacks the historical appeal of other cities in Morocco thanks to a 1960 earthquake that devastated the area. Since Agadir is a midsize city (population is about 700,000) and dominated by tourists, it’s a mellow and hassle-free place compared to other more chaotic parts of the country. Agadir is now Morocco’s main beach destination: It has over 300 sunny days a year and plenty of direct flights from all over Europe. You can spend the days here windsurfing, surfing, swimming, and jet skiing; or simply lounging behind one of the roped-off areas of the beach sipping an ice-cold cocktail. If you’re looking for something a little more rustic and “Moroccan,” then take a day trip 11 miles north of town to the sleepy surfer village of Taghazout.

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