The best places to stay in Agadir, Morocco

One of the reasons why we love Agadir in the south of Morocco so much is because this African city, today popular as a surf destination and tourist resort, is an authentic Phoenix that had to revive from its own ashes and truly excelled at it. It went from the materially and emotionally devastated town it was after the earthquake of 1960 to the vibrant, culturally-rich and future-oriented hub it is nowadays.

If you are thinking of planning your trip to Agadir already, know that the closest airport is Agadir Al-Massira, an international terminal to which you can fly from both overseas and other airports in Morocco. While Royal Air Maroc is the national flagship carrier and the airline in charge of operating the highest number of domestic flights into Agadir, Binter Canarias also offers short routes from the Canarian archipelago, right off the Moroccan coast. Other airlines selling seats to fly to Agadir from European airports either seasonally or on a regular basis are Condor, Easyjet, Transavia, Ryanair, Brussels Airlines and Thomas Cook.

How to go from the airport to Agadir in Morocco

The heart of the city is located 24 kilometres away from Agadir Al Massira International airport, and is commonly reached by taxi or car from its terminal in only 20 minutes, as long as the road is not congested.

The best areas to stay in Agadir

Once you have booked your flights, the next step will be to find accommodation in Agadir for your trip, but what are the best places to stay in this Moroccan city? The answer largely depends on whether you are interested in culture, gastronomy, history or surfing. Read our tips below so that you can choose your favourite spot in Agadir.

When the original Talborjt district was utterly destroyed by the earthquake, the authorities decided to rebuild it in a different location. In the present days and in its new central setting, this quarter is the place to go for the most delicious local cuisine, picturesque cafés, grocery stores, gardens and souks. You should not leave without ordering Tajine or Couscous at one of its many restaurants. After lunch, go for a stroll and visit the Memorial Museum, the Earthquake Memorial Wall and the beautifully preserved Olhao Garden before you go back to your accommodation in Talborjt, Agadir.

The Medina Polizzi of Agadir was also shattered by the quake in 1960, and later rebuilt in the outskirts of the city. As its name suggests, its architect was of Italian origin and so he left this imprint on its work, creating a new place that is seen as a paradise for art lovers coming from every corner of the world. In fact, it is common to find arts & crafts displays showcasing pottery, leather, mosaics and jewellery, and musical, theatrical and dancing performances are frequently hosted here. Thus, it can be said that staying close to the new Medina Polizzi in Agadir will allow for a more peaceful and culturally-oriented trip.

The surfers and ocean lovers will enjoy Agadir beach as much as its winter sun and good conditions for surfing all year round; besides, the beachside promenade provides a vast array of dining and accommodation options among which some of the best four and five-star hotels and resorts in Agadir are included. If you have time and want to explore further along the coast of Morocco, hop on the tourist train or drive 20 minutes up north to Taghazout beach, a more bohemian surfing area. Just do not leave your surfboard behind!

Last but not least, you should not miss out on the Kasbah Ruins during your trip to Morocco, as these are few of the only original parts of town still remaining. Settled on top of the Kasbah mountain, this medieval castle invites travellers to take a hike up the hills, although you can also take a taxi for this journey. The fortress, dating back to 1540, not only is testimony to several historical battles but also affords spectacular views of Agadir and the sea.

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A guide to Agadir – Al Massira airport in Morocco

Agadir airport or Al Massira air terminal (AGA) is the main gateway into the southwest of Morocco for travellers arriving in this region aboard either domestic or international flights. Finding direct flights to Agadir has become easier in the recent years thanks to the rising interest that the rest of the world has taken in this new destination for sea lovers and holiday goers. By way of example, new routes will start operating this year 2019 from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Vienna to AGA, although its two flagship airline companies already connect this Moroccan city with main European hubs such as Dublin, Manchester, Stockholm Arlanda, Paris Orly and Moscow.

How many terminals are there in Agadir airport?

There is only one terminal in Agadir – Al Massira airport of Morocco, as well as just one departures concourse, even though it is divided into two sections for travellers catching domestic flights and those flying to destinations overseas respectively. Passport control is not required in the domestic area, except in the case of passengers who will be making a connection towards a destination abroad after landing in Casablanca airport. While at the terminal building, travellers will find a bureau de change, coffee shops, ATMs, wireless internet and a VIP lounge.

Flying to Agadir airport in Morocco

If you are searching for flights to Agadir from your origin or home airport, know that both Air Arabia Maroc and Royal Air Maroc fly to this city in Morocco from major cities across Europe, but you may as well book your seat to fly with Binter from Gran Canaria, Brussels Airlines from Brussels, Lufthansa or Condor from Frankfurt and Munich, Easyjet from Berlin Tegel and London Gatwick, Eurowings from Düsseldorf, Germania from Zürich, Transavia from Amsterdam, Tui Fly from Manchester and Ryanair from London Stansted or Marseille.

Perhaps your airline of choice is not listed above or you are flying from a different city; in such case, take a look at the carriers offering seasonal flights to Agadir: Binter from Tenerife North, Alba Star from Milano Malpensa, Adria Airways from Ljubljana, and Tui Fly, Tap Air Portugal, Smartlynx, Jet Time and Easyjet from other airports in Europe.

Travelling from Agadir – Al Massira airport to the city

When you arrive, you will have several options to go from Agadir airport in Morocco to the city centre.

If you travel for business to Agadir or have resolved to get around independently, head to one of the two car rental offices in the public arrivals area. Whether you are picking up someone or taking a trip to come back later, the terminal facilities also encompass a parking lot for travellers.

Travelling to central Agadir from the airport by taxi takes about twenty minutes and costs 200 dirham (which is an already fixed flat fare for arriving passengers transferring to the city); taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals hall. Shared taxi rides are permitted from AGA, thus helping international travellers and tourists to start saving money as soon as they land in Morocco.

Nevertheless, the cheapest way to travel from Al Massira airport to Agadir is probably the public bus, although this implies one change along the way. Before this journey, you will need to take a short stroll to the bus stop outside the airport terminal building and hop on bus line 22; this route ends in Inezgane, the main transport hub in the area and the closest one to Agadir city centre. Once there, you must catch bus line 20, 24 or 28: any of them will take you straight to the heart of the town.

Will you be touring other cities in Morocco for either work or leisure purposes? If you have also included Marrakech in your itinerary, we recommend that you consider our recommended hotels close to Marrakesh Menara International airport.