Also know as “The White City,” Tangier sits on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the western opening to the Mediterranean Sea. With its souks, traditional Moroccan cuisine and many attractions nearby, it is the perfect destination for people who seek exploration and relaxation.
The city was first occupied by ancient Phoenician, Roman and Arab conquerors. It was seized by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and then given to England as part of a royal dowry given to Charles II by Catherine de Braganza in the 17th century. The arrival of the French in Tangier in 1912 made way for ongoing ownership disputes between England and France.
These disputes were terminated by the establishment of international governance of the city in 1923. Tangier’s international city status drew people from all over the world. After Morocco’s independence in 1956, Tangier was incorporated into the Moroccan state. It remains notable for its miscellaneous character today.
Tangier has much to offer the visitor. There is the Mendoubia Gardens, a beautifully shady rest area with a small terrace with good sea views; the Place de France, a beautiful small French square dotted with street cafes and eateries; St. Andrew’s Church that combines Arabic, Moorish and British Architectural elements; Dar el Makhzen, a Moroccan art museum that exhibits manuscripts, traditional Fés furniture, jewellery and carpets; the Caves of Hercules, a place of great beauty and archeological significance besides many other sights travellers will certainly enjoy visiting.
Tangier is known for its long sandy beaches where you can enjoy windsurfing and camel riding. The city provides the ideal location for exploration. Among the places you might want to discover is Asilah, a fishing port once fortified by the Portuguese, and Chaouen, an Andalucian town in the heart of the Rif mountains known for its whitewashed walls, splashed with vibrant blue, contrasting with the verdant hills surrounding the village.
Petits taxis can be caught anywhere in town. Grands taxis are also widely available to head out of town. City buses are very useful; they operate between the airport, the train station, Grand Socco and the Caves of Hercules.
With over 340 days of sunshine a year, Agadir is Morocco’s number one tourist destination. Thanks to its 8 kilometre sandy beach, palm-lined promenades and near guaranteed warm weather, the city entertains thousands of sun worshippers from all around the globe.
Offering a wide range of comfortable and modern hotels, restaurants, and music cafés, and a broad offering of water sports and nightlife entertainment and activities, Agadir is the holiday playground of Morocco.
From the early origins of Agadir as a fishing village, in 1505 the Portuguese established a trading post named Santa Cruz do Cabo de Gué, under a governor. In 1541, the city came under Wattasid control and in 1572 a stronghold was built on the top of the hill overlooking the bay – the Kasbah. Agadir became prosperous for two centuries.
At 15 minutes to midnight on February 29, 1960, Agadir was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds, burying the city and killing thousands. The earthquake destroyed the ancient Kasbah. On its front gate can still be read the following sentence in Dutch: “Fear God and honor thy King”. On seeing the destruction in Agadir, King Muhammad V of Morocco declared: “If destiny decided the destruction of Agadir, its rebuilding depends of our faith and will.” Reconstruction began in 1961, two kilometres south of the earthquake epicenter, giving rise to a modern city.
For attractions, visitors to Agadir are spoilt for choice from monuments to the city itself. Among them, there is the Museum of Talborjt, also called “The Kasbah,” the Bert Flint Museum, Taroudent, Olhao or Ibn Zaidoun Park, and the Medina Souvenir shop.
Agadir is possibly the best destination in Morocco for people who seek both relaxation and fun. During the day, and besides sunbathing and water sports, the city offers its visitors golf courses, tennis clubs, horse riding and boat trips out to sea, where schools of dolphins and whales can be sometimes be spotted.
Located between the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas mountains, Agadir is also an excellent place from which to set out on excursions into the countryside. Imposing, snow-topped mountains, thundering waterfalls, tiny hamlets and expansive palm groves are among the many sights travellers will enjoy.
At night, you will be delighted by Agadir’s convivial atmosphere along its boulevards and in its great venues ranging from restaurants to pubs and clubs.