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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Agadir Beach

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The beach here swings around a crescent from southeast to northwest. You're more likely to find a quiet spot if you wander south, although...

Ammeln Valley

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The Ammeln Valley is becoming a magnet not only for climbers, but also for nature-lovers and hikers. A walk in the valley might start...

Cap Rhir

  • Beach–Sight

During most of the year, a few stray Western surfers seek out waves around the bend from the lighthouse at Cap Rhir, but otherwise the...

City Walls

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The city walls of Taroudant are unique in their completeness and for the fact that the new city has not yet encroached upon them, making...

Col du Kerdous

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As the road from Tafraoute to Tiznit winds over the Anti-Atlas peaks and through the valleys, you'll enjoy many panoramic views. The...

Complete Tours

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This English-run operation based in Agadir with offices in Marrakesh and Casablanca can put together your whole trip, including hotels,...

Dar Baroud

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Diagonally across from Bab Sedra, across the Avenue Moulay Rachid and with the hospital on your right, is the Dar Baroud, once a French...

Dar Souiri

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Home to the active Essaouira-Mogador Association, Dar Souiri is the hub of cultural life in Essaouira. Check the notice board outside...

Diabat Beach

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Essaouira's beach is fine for an early-morning jog or a late-afternoon game of soccer, but serious sunbathers typically head south to...

Essaouira Bay

  • Beach–Sight

Essaouira's main beach is a sweep of sand along the bay that has provided shelter to seafarers from Atlantic storms since antiquity.


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