High up on the hill to the northwest that looks over Agadir is the old kasbah. This was the main site of Agadir until an earthquake razed the city in 1960, creating the opportunity for the development of modern Agadir, which stands today to the south. There is nothing to see of the former city, but the breathtaking views, especially at sunset, make the trip worthwhile. There is no public transport and the road is steep, so arrange your trip up and down before beginning the ascent.
Emblazoned on the side of the hill below the kasbah are three Arabic words that keep guard over Agadir at all times. Their meaning? God, country, and the king. By day they're a patchwork of huge white stones against the green grass. By night they're lighted up powerfully against the dark. The huge hill is really a burial mound, covering the old medina and the impromptu graves of those who died in the earthquake.