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The Southern Atlantic Coast Travel Guide

Plan Your Southern Atlantic Coast Vacation

They're both on the coast, and they both have beaches that people rave about, but Essaouira and Agadir couldn't be more dissimilar. A hippie hangout whose secret travelers refused to tell for years, Essaouira is only now coming into the limelight as a mainstream destination, but it nevertheless retains its slightly "other" feel. Windy beaches attract water-sports enthusiasts rather

than sunseekers, and riad-hotels cater to independent travelers. Agadir, on the other hand, was made for mass tourism. It's a modern resort city with every kind of singing, dancing, and casino-betting distraction on hand and long stretches of hot, sandy beaches, and calm seas perfect for sunbathing families. Both, however, have lively ports worth seeing in action and superb fresh fish and seafood. In between are less-frequented spots good for diving, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, and bodyboarding, or, for the less active, sunbathing and hiding out from the world a little.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Catch a wave From Agadir to Essaouira, the magnificent Atlantic coastline draws hundreds of surfers every year to ride its huge breaks.
  2. Satisfying seafood Whether you are haggling down by the port for your own fish or enjoying calamari on a rooftop terrace, both Essaouira and Agadir are a seafood-lover's paradise.
  3. Family fun Donkey rides, playgrounds, and ice-cream stalls make Agadir heaven for children, while stylish resort hotels serve up every luxury Mom and Dad could possibly want.
  4. Walking in the Anti-Atlas spectacular scenery around Tafraoute and the pretty villages of the Ameln Valley, without another tourist in sight.
  5. Taroudant a beautiful walled city with a strong crafts tradition, fascinating souks, and some lovely boutique hotels.

When To Go

When to Go

Unlike inland destinations that get too hot in summer, high season for the coast is August, with peaks at Christmas, New Year's Day, and June. The b...

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