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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Hotels near Casablanca airport in Morocco

In spite of the fact that it is located 30 kilometres away in the suburb of Nouasseur, Mohammed V International airport serves the city of Casablanca in Morocco, the main economic and cultural hub in the country. Its two terminals currently in operation are amongst Africa’s busiest ones in terms of passenger traffic, with over one hundred routes being handled by more than thirty different carriers. Aside from that, Casablanca airport is the primary operational base of Royal Air Maroc airlines as well as a premier supplier of VIP travel services.

Flying to Casablanca in Morocco

If you are planning your holiday or business trip to Casablanca, know that you can book a flight with Air France (from Paris-Charles de Gaulle), Emirates (Dubai International), Alitalia (Rome Fiumicino), Transavia (Amsterdam), TuiFly (Belgium Charleroi), Iberia (Madrid Adolfo Suárez), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Vueling (Barcelona) or Royal Air Maroc (from a wide range of African and European cities). Bear in mind that other carriers and not just the one listed here may carry out either seasonal or regular operations from and to this city.

How to commute from Mohammed V International airport to Casablanca city centre

There are several transportation options to go from Casablanca airport to the city or to a nearby accommodation:

-If you fly with Royal Air Maroc, you are advised to confirm if they will provide a shuttle bus or van upon arrival, as they are sometimes offered by the airline if you are travelling short distances.

-We also recommend you check whether your hotel in Casablanca offers airport pick-up and drop-off services for guests with a reservation.

-You may opt to use public transportation and ride the hourly trains departing from the railway station in the arrivals zone of Terminal 1, or else a CTM bus heading to your final destination.

-Terminal 1 accommodates car rental offices and official taxi ranks, both means being considered as effective and affordable ways to get around independently during a short trip to Morocco by foreign visitors.

Sleeping close to the terminals of Casablanca airport

All in all, you probably won’t need to worry about any of the options above if you stay in a hotel near Casablanca airport in Morocco, thus reducing the stress derived from a busy travel agenda and the need to catch your flight back home on time. Find out more about our recommendations below.

The Relax Airport hotel in Morocco

Travellers who have already stayed in this accommodation have rated it as a great value for money option and the closest one to the terminal buildings. It is located within a very short distance of Mohammed V International, from and to which a free shuttle bus operates every 30 minutes. If you hire a vehicle during your trip to Morocco, you may also benefit from their complimentary parking spaces.

The rooms in this hotel near Casablanca airport have private bathrooms, air-conditioning, satellite TV and free WiFi access available. Guests may add an optional breakfast to their reservation for a small surcharge, or enjoy the delicious Moroccan buffet at the onsite restaurant any time of the day. If your layover is long enough, you will get the chance to dive into their open-air swimming pool and sunbathe in the garden terrace.

The Atlas Sky Hotel near Mohammed V airport

This airport hotel in Casablanca (Morocco) provides shuttle services to and from the terminals alongside premium assistance at their 24-hour front desk. Guests with a reservation are granted access to the daily breakfast buffet at no extra cost and kindly invited into the spacious en suite rooms with mini bar, complimentary WiFi, TV and pool views. Other amenities include a restaurant on site specialising in local dishes, parking, steam baths, sauna, room service, express check-in and check-out and safety deposit boxes. If you travel with children, know that there are family rooms available as well as a kids-only area in the swimming pool.

Accommodation close to Mohammed V International airport in Morocco: the Riad Airport

Even on a business trip you may prefer to stay in a traditional riad near Casablanca airport of Morocco. The riads are a particular sort of accommodation which allows you to have a more authentic Moroccan experience: rooms with balconies are arranged encircling a patio where visitors gather and enjoy breakfast, tea and other regional delicacies during the day.

This riad close to Casablanca airport features a wellness centre, while its rooms include a small kitchen with appliances, a coffee maker and a fridge so that you can feel just like at home. Additionally, guests have access to free WiFi and transfers to and from the passenger terminals may be agreed upon for a fee. The downtown is 25 kilometres away.

Will you be visiting Marrakech as well? Take a look at our recommended hotels near Marrakech Menara airport.

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Find flights to Marrakech in Morocco

The aviation industry boom that we have witnessed in the last decade has made it possible for us to choose from a wide range of international carriers connecting cities all around the world, so there is no need for travellers to fly exclusively with the flagship airline of a certain country in order to get to its most popular destinations anymore. When the time comes to book flights, knowing all the airlines operating our desired route, their flying times, whether they are low cost or not, the services they offer and their origin airports can be really helpful, since finding out this information in advance enables us to design the itinerary and budget that best suit our travel needs.

If you are planning a trip to Marrakech in Morocco, take a look below and see which the main origin airports and airline companies flying to RAK airport are.

Budget airlines offering low cost international flights

Flights from London Gatwick airport to Marrakech Menara

Provided that you will be departing from LGW in the UK, know that Air Arabia Maroc, Easyjet and British Airways are the three airline companies connecting London to Marrakech via this airport. The three of them take about three hours to complete the route and offer non-stop services.

Find and book a hotel near Marrakech airport in Morocco

Are you travelling to Marrakech for business? Why not book a hotel close to the facilities of Marrakech Menara airport? Transport links to the downtown are frequent and you will sleep in a much more convenient spot to catch an early morning flight back home.

Flights to Marrakech International airport from Paris Charles de Gaulle

When flying out of Paris CDG, you may choose Easyjet or Air France (code sharing with KLM from this point) to get to Marrakesh Menara airport. The estimated time of this journey is approximately three hours and operations are run on a daily basis.

Flights from Frankfurt to Marrakech

Lufthansa is the carrier in charge of connecting Frankfurt to Marrakech in a little more than three hours on specific dates.

How to get to Marrakech from Lisbon airport

Flights from Lisbon to Marrakech are operated by TAP Air Portugal every day of the year, and the estimated flying time is only one hour and fifteen minutes.

Flying from Casablanca to Marrakech in Morocco

Should you want to take a trip within national territory, domestic flights between Casablanca and Marrakech are run by Royal Air Maroc and Royal Air Maroc Express in code share agreement with Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways. This service operates on a daily basis and is as short as thirty five minutes.

Flights to Marrakech from Barcelona

Vueling, as codeshare partner of Iberia Airlines, is in charge of covering the route from Barcelona to Marrakech every two days. The estimated flying time of this service is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Marrakech holiday packages

If you will be visiting Marrakech in Morocco as part of your holidays, you will surely want to find not only affordable flights for you and your loved ones, but also a nice hotel or riad to stay at. In such case, we advise you to check on travel companies offering packages (flights + transfers + hotel) like TUI so that you can enjoy a totally worry-free leisure trip.

Norwegian Air flights to Marrakech

The renowned low-cost international carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle operates flights to Marrakech from Oslo airport, Stockholm Arlanda and Helsinki. Flying times range from three hours and fifty minutes to four hours and a half, and in order to book your trip you will need to select among the specified dates of their calendar. Additionally, you may fly from Dubai to Marrakech with them provided that you are willing to have a layover in one of the aforementioned three airports.

Travelling to Marrakech with Ryanair

The low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair flies to Marrakech in Morocco from Eindhoven, Pisa, Nürnberg, Madrid, Hamburg, Brussels, London Stansted, Milan Bergamo and Barcelona. Check their website to find out their scheduled dates and other additional info.

Swiss International Airlines flights to Marrakech

Travellers who stay loyal to Swiss will be glad to know they can travel to Marrakech from Geneva airport in Switzerland, the journey taking about three hours and fifteen minutes and being available on specific dates only.

Hotels near Marrakech Menara airport in Morocco

Marrakech (also Marrakesh) is one of the main cities in Morocco, and is becoming increasingly popular among tourists and business travellers due to its flourishing commercial activity, gastronomy and social life. Its airport, which consists of two terminals recently remodelled to feature the most stunning contemporary design, boasts excellent connections to the downtown and the central square both by public bus (line 11) and by taxi. Thus, it is no wonder that many passengers landing in the city opt for booking rooms in a hotel near Marrakech airport. This way, they may still enjoy the quaint street markets and the Berber architecture while having a seamless travel experience.

Places to sleep and accommodation close the terminals of Marrakech airport

Hotel in Marrakech, close to the Medina and Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

The Sherazade Hotel is conveniently located within short walking distance of the Marrakech Medina and the bustling Jemma el-Fnaa, while guests can easily commute to and from the airport -situated 4,5 kilometres away- thanks to the shuttle transfer services provided by the establishment upon request and at an extra charge. Staying here will give you the opportunity to immerse in the local culture and traditions, as the hotel itself is fully decorated in Moroccan style and regional food is served at the onsite restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the additional option of having a typical afternoon tea every day during your stay. Your room at the Sherazade Hotel near Marrakech Menara airport may be double, triple or a suite, all featuring air conditioning, private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the riad-style patio. Guests are invited to enjoy the beautiful city views from the terrace and use the complimentary WiFi at the communal zones. Should you need guidance or assistance, the multilingual staff will be glad to help in English, French, Spanish or Arabic language.

Affordable accommodation in Marrakech

Our next recommendation is a 3-star hotel in Marrakech boasting an excellent location less than 4 kilometres from the airport and a short stroll away from Avenue Mohammed V. Aside from that, you may even hire a vehicle or bike to get around without leaving the facilities, since the 24-hour front desk offers this service for guests alongside others such as laundry, breakfast in the room, express check-in and check-out and safety deposit boxes to store your valuables for a nominal fee. There is an onsite restaurant specialising in both international and Moroccan cuisine and a bar with free WiFi. The rooms at the Tachfine hotel in Marrakech are individual, double and triple, including TV, en suite bathroom and balcony.

Novotel hotel in Marrakech: the Hivernage

This 4-star accommodation belonging to the renowned Novotel chain allows you to enjoy all the amenities of this hospitality brand only 3 kilometres away from Menara airport and 1,5 kilometres from the main railway station in the city. Being arguably one of the best hotels near Marrakech airport, the Novotel Hivernage offers a lounge bar, a swimming pool, a gym, daily complimentary breakfast and left-luggage service. The superior and deluxe rooms feature views to either the pool or the city, and are fully equipped with cosy large beds, a kitchenette, private toilet and shower, working area and TV, their occupancy ranging from one to three adults. Particularly recommended for those travelling for work who would like to feel like at home during their trip, yet adding a bit of fitness and relaxation to it.

*Are you taking a business trip to Morocco and will be visiting other Moroccan cities? Take a look at our suggestions for accommodation close to Casablanca airport.

Many airline companies offer flights to Marrakech (RAK) from different points within Europe. This is the case with Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Eurowings, Iberia, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Swiss, Tap Air Portugal, Transavia, Tui, Turkish Airlines and Vueling. Furthermore, you can fly nonstop from Morocco to Gran Canaria with Binter Canarias or visit the Moroccan capital (Casablanca) by flying with Royal Air Maroc from Marrakech. The duration of the flight is only 50 minutes.

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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.