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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Agadir

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Agadir each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

For the New Year, Agadir offers many lively evening entertainments. Local gastronomy, spices, music and dances add splendour to Oriental nights. Celebrations take place in restaurants and nightclubs throughout the Moroccan city, making for an unforgettable New Year's Eve.

January 11: Manifesto of Indépendance (national)

Morocco celebrates the signing of the Manifesto, which symbolises the end of colonisation and the birth of independence.

Third month of the Islamic calendar (date changes each year): Eid Al Mawlid Annabawi (national)

The birth of the Prophet Muhammad is celebrated every year in Morocco. During this day, families show their devotion to their faith through prayers and gather to share traditional meals in a festive atmosphere.

May 1: Labour Day (national)

Each year, Morocco celebrates Labour Day with a public holiday.

Ninth month of the Islamic calendar (dates change each year): Ramadan (national)

Morocco celebrates the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset. For the entire month, Agadir operates at a slower pace during the day and stirs into action at nightfall.

First day of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar (dates change each year): Eid al-Fitr (national)

In Islamic tradition, this day marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a time for family celebrations and great feasts bringing together all family members.

July 30: Throne Day (national)

National celebration commemorating the enthronement of King Mohammed VI. Major festivities mark this holiday: parades, ceremonies, and official speeches and fireworks…

August 14: Feast of Oued Ed-Dahab (national)

This holiday marks the return of the Saharan provinces to Morocco in 1949.

August 20: Revolution of the King and the people (national)

A symbolic day recalling the deportation of King Mohammed V after his dismissal by the French authorities in 1953. Military parades, fireworks, and flags flying from the windows: Moroccans show the attachment they have for their King in a festive celebration.

August 21: Festival of Youth (national)

Moroccan youth are celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of Mohammed VI. Shows, dances, happenings: the children of Agadir play joyfully in the streets of the city.

Tenth day of the last month of the Islamic calendar (date changes each year): Eid al-Adha (national)

It is considered the most important of the yearly Muslim holidays and honours prophet Ibrahim as a model for all believers. This is also an occasion for sumptuous family gatherings, for which it is recommended to multiply offerings and gifts.

November 6: Green March (national)

National day inaugurated by Hassan II, commemorating the march of 350,000 Moroccans to the Spanish Sahara to which Morocco claimed possession.

November 18: Independence Day (national)

On this day of national celebration, Morocco celebrates the end of the French protectorate, which occurred in 1955.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Agadir

Located in the southwest of Morocco along the Atlantic ocean, Agadir enjoys a hot Mediterranean climate all year long with mild winters and hot summers. The rainiest months are March and November.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 7/44 22/72 2 Not the best period to go
February 8/46 21/70 2 Not the best period to go
March 11/52 23/73 10 Not the best period to go
April 14/57 24/75 4 Good period to go Good period to go
May 16/61 28/82 1 Good period to go Good period to go
June 18/64 28/82 - Good period to go Good period to go
July 19/66 30/86 - Good period to go Good period to go
August 20/68 32/90 1 Good period to go Good period to go
September 18/64 28/82 5 Good period to go Good period to go
October 17/63 29/84 4 Good period to go Good period to go
November 13/55 25/77 16 Not the best period to go
December 8/46 23/73 1 Not the best period to go
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Agadir-Al Massira Airport

The Agadir-Al Massira International Airport is located approximately 26 kilometres (16 miles) southeast of Agadir's city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Agadir and back:

  • By car
    • The airport is accessible by car via the Agadir-Taroudant express motorway. Allow approximately 30 minutes to reach the city centre.
    • A parking with a 1,300 capacity is located near the airport. Count MAD 5 for one hour, MAD 8 for 2 hours, and MAD 30 per day.
    • Several car rental companies are located in the arrivals hall.
  • By bus
    • The Bus line 22 runs from the airport to the city of Inezgane, about 12 kilometres (7 miles) from Agadir, with departures every 40 minutes. The fare is MAD 4 and the last bus leaves at 8:30 p.m. From Inezgane, bus lines 20, 24 and 28 reach the city centre of Agadir for MAD 3. It takes 45 minutes to reach Inezgane from the airport, and then 30 minutes to reach Agadir.
    • A 9-seat shuttle connects the airport with the city centre, hotels, golf courses and other Moroccan cities. It costs MAD 260 and takes about 45 minutes.
  • By taxi
    •  Taxi ranks are located just outside the departures hall. The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs MAD 200.
  • Services: shops, bars, restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi), currency exchange, banks, ATMs, and a post office are all to be found in the airport.
  • Website: www.aeroport-d-agadir-al-massira.com
  • Telephone: +212 (0) 528 83 91 52

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GETTING AROUND Agadir

Traffic in Agadir is often chaotic. The ideal way to explore the city's tourist attractions is by bus, taxi or on foot, which happens to be most fitted.

Bus

Alsa operates Agadir's bus system. They are everywhere to be found as they connect the main tourist sites. Tickets can be bought onboard and the minimum fare in the city centre is MAD 3. For more information on the city's transport system, visit the following website: www.alsa.ma .

Taxi

Just like in the rest of Morocco, there are two types of taxis: “petits taxis” (orange) that operate within city limits and “grands taxis” (Mercedes cars that can be spotted at taxi ranks or in front of big hotels), which are licensed for longer trips.
The “petits taxis” are equipped with a meter. The pick-up charge should be MAD 1.60 (+50% for night fares). The minimum fare is MAD 6, even for 100 yards.
As for the "grands taxis", they do not use a meter and even after driving a hard bargain, the fare will still be more expensive than the "petit taxi", but they are allowed to pick up a maximum of 6 passengers, and drive you outside the city.

Car rental

Using a car in the city centre is not recommended. If you really need one, ask your hotel to recommend specific car rental agencies.

Bicycle rental

Riding a bicycle is particularly useful to visit Agadir. You will find numerous rentals along the Mohammed V avenue (near the former Salam Hotel), as well as towards Oued Souss near Club Med. Expect about MAD 100 for one day.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Agadir, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Tourist Office of Agadir

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Souss Massa Draa Regional Tourism Board

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address:Avenue Général El Kettani, BP 454, Agadir
  • Telephone:
    • +212 (0) 528 82 18 26
    • +212 (0) 528 82 17 99
    • +212 (0) 528 82 18 24

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Agadir is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

1 € = 11,19 MAD

1 MAD = 0,09 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation. Agadir counts several hospitals and medical institutions as well as medical practitioners.

Vaccinations

No vaccine is mandatory to stay in Agadir. However, it is recommended you protect yourself against hepatitis A and B, and typhoid.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Agadir.

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Formalités administratives

Most nationalities visiting Morocco do not require a visa and are allowed to stay in the country for 90 days, provided the individual has a valid passport

However, some foreign nationals are subject to visa formalities before entering Morocco.

For more information, visit the website of Morocco’s Consular and Social Affairs:

www.service-public.ma/web/guest/home

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Adresses utiles

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Morocco, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Moroccan Arabic phrases that will make your stay in Agadir a little easier:

Hello: As-salam alaykom

Good evening: Msa l'khir

Goodbye: Bislama

Yes: Naâm

No: La

No, thank you: La, choukran

Thank you: Choukran

I don't understand: Ma fhemtch

Can you repeat that?: Hal tastatieun al'iieada ?

Please: Min fadlek

What time is it?: Chahèle raha saha ?

Excuse me: Asif

Airport: Matâr

Train station: Mahatt

Taxi: Sayarat ojra

Hotel: Funduq

Hospital: Mustashfaa

Bank: Banka

Telephone: Hatif

I am (…): Ana

I'm looking for (…): Abhath

What is the price of (…)?: Chhal el-tamane ?

Do you have(…)?: Hal ?

Where can I find (…)?: Ayn Tajid ?

Where can I buy (…)?: Hayth lishira ?

I would like (…): Awadd

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Good to know

+212
+ phone number (calls to Agadir)
-1 : 00
of time difference with
Hamburg
Start of daylight saving time > last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time > last Sunday in October

BANKS
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Ramadan)
GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. (short operating time on Friday (prayer) and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during Ramadan)
220 V/50 Hz

And what about tipping?
In Morocco, the tip is not included in the bill. It is therefore considered polite to leave a percentage for the service from 10 to 15% of the total bill. A tip to the staff in hotels(maids, porters…) is appreciated.