The Southern Atlantic Coast Sights

Few venture this far south in Morocco, but those who do are rewarded with a real insight into the life and culture of at the edge of the great Sahara. The Moroccan southwest combines glorious beaches, arid mountains flanked by lush palm groves, hillsides scattered with spiny argan and Barbary fig cactus, and olive, almond, and orange orchards. The region's character is strongly flavored by its Tashelhit-speaking

Berbers, who inhabited these mountains and plains before Arabs ever set foot in Morocco, giving the region a distinctively rural feel.

East and south of Agadir you leave the world of beach vacations and enter Berber country. Scenic drives take you past hills covered with barley and almond trees, palm groves, kasbahs, and the Anti-Atlas Mountains themselves. In town, poke around the monuments and souks of Taroudant or shop for Morocco's finest silver in Tiznit. Keep in mind the towns are not the attraction in the region; people come here to commune with nature, admire the vistas, and get away from it all.

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Sidi Kaouki

  • Beach–Sight

The tranquil beach village of Sidi Kaouki is often touted as an alternative to Essaouira's beach, but it doesn't have the amenities of...

Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Ethnological Museum

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The stunning former French-colonial town hall holds this smartly arranged collection of items from everyday and ritual life in and around...

Souk Al Had

  • Market/Bazaar

In the northeastern corner of the city is a daily bazaar selling souvenirs, household goods, and the produce of the fertile Souss plains.


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In the city itself, the municipal market (also referred to as the Berber souk) sells spices, dried fruits, and other household essentials.

Souss Massa National Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Just south of Agadir, beyond the Souss River reaching to the mouth of the River Massa, is the Souss Massa National Park. Stretching down...

South Bastion

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The South Bastion, also known as the Bastion Bab Marrakech, is a carefully restored element of the original fortified medina walls. Managed...


  • Beach–Sight

In summer the beaches north of Agadir on the Essaouira road—especially those in the rapidly expanding Taghazoute area—are crammed...


  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Just outside Bab Taghrount, you'll find the gifted artisans of Taroudant's tanneries. You can see them working the leather firsthand...

Val d’Argan Vineyard

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Just outside Ounagha, about 35½ km (22 miles) from Essaouira, is the Val d’Argan vineyard, which was established by Charles Melia,...

Vallée des Oiseaux

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It's not so much a valley as a pleasure garden connecting Avenue Hassan II to the beach. It not only has birds, but also monkeys, fountains...