OUT AND ABOUT AGADIR
CITY TOUR OF AGADIR
A highly recommended introduction to Agadir, this is the best way to get to know the town and to discover a little of its history. Included is a visit to the old Kasbah, where Agadir stood before the earthquake of 1960 and up there, you will also be given the chance to ride a camel ! Avisit to the port of Agadir with its busy fish auction is also included, as well as a drive around the town centre and its suburbs.
The visit will end with end with a tour of the souk (market ) which is at its busiest on Saturdays and Sundays.
A drive by land rover or mini bus into the heart of the region, following the valley of the Tamraght river, dotted with almond and olive trees, and rightly named Paradise Valley. The small berber village of Immouzer is located high on the mountain side.
This is half the fun of our day in a 4 wheel drive, taking us to the top of the dam and over the dunes to the nature reserve where what looks like a pink carpet floating in the estuary may turn out to be a flock of flamingoes on closer inspection. An hour at the beach (currents are strong so take care) and then along the clifftop to the little fishing village of Tifnit before turning back to Agadir in the late afternoon.
A gloriously different day with lunch included in the berber village of Tassila.
This is a day for all you photographers, plenty of opportunity to feast those eyes and snap those shutters ! We climb 3500 feet up into the dramatic Anti Atlas mountains finding breathtaking views of the valleys below, and small villages perched precariously on the mountainsides. Tafraout, itself, is
situated in an oasis of palm trees surrounded by fantastic rock formations. Alhough lunch is not included, provision is made for you to have time to eat in one of the restaurants in Tafraout. This is a trip back in time, the scenery almost biblical . On the return journey, we stop in Tiznit, famous for its hand worked silver. A day of spectacular scenic beauty.
A lovely half day out, visiting the fascinating old walled city of Taroudant, known as miniature Marrakech, and an ancient starting point for the gold caravans. En route, we may just see goats climbing trees (yes really!) as we pass through the fertile souss plain with its citrus groves. A visit to
the old Souk and the medina of Taroudant is like a trip back in time. Before leaving Taroudant, we stop for refreshments (not included in the price ) at the fascinating Hotel Palais Salam , which used to be the old Pacha’s palace – tropical gardens with a small banana plantation and peacocks and turtles in the grounds complete the exotic picture. A good half day excursion for those not seeking adventure.
The only excursion which actually takes us north following the Atlantic coast road for most of the way.
This old Portuguese stronghold was once known as Mogador and indeed, was the setting for the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby film, off on the road to Morocco. The houses are still very much Portuguese style and many of them sport the Star of David as this was also once a very strong Jewish town although many of them have now gone to Israel. One of the interests in Essaouira is their famous inlaid woodwork and the souk is scented with the smell of the briar. The « Purple » islands just off the coast were so named as the Romans obtained the dye for their togas from there. Lunch is not included today as there are many small fish restaurants and the guide will allow free time for lunch or to explore the medina. An interesting day out with an opportunity to see evidence of Portuguese occupation.
This full day tour is devoted to visiting the monuments of Marrakech. The Koutoubia minaret, the Bahia Palace, The Saadians tombs and the Dar Si Said Museum. This visit will give a large introduction to the Moroccan history, especially during the 16th century at its apogee. Live in the heart of Marrakech you will mingle with the locals and experience another way of life. The old medina opens up it’s gates to all your senses. In the dark and narrow alleys you will find shops with brightly coloured traditional clothes, spices and ingredients. Ramble around the different handicraft corporations and end the tour in the famous Jmaa El Fna square with its perpetual show of snake charmers, acrobats, musicians, fortune tellers and tooth pullers.
TATA / AKKA
Full board and overnight stay included
A wonderful combination mountains and canyons, our journey takes us first on the road to Tafraout were we stop for lunch. From here we cross the rough track stretching between Tizi N’tarakatine to Souk Khemis d’Issafen with canyons, gorges and oases the order of the day. From there we go to Tata, with its pre-desert Iandscape, it is tarmac road. The night is spent in a small but clean pension in Tata itself.
The next morning sees us early on the road for Akka, passing through various oases. The stop for lunch in the shade of the palm trees is at Tagjicht before hitting the road home via Bouzakarne and Tiznit.
Just before Agadir we stop at the Youssef Ben Tachfine dam and then home to our hotels for that hot bath cool drink which is our just desert.
Two wonderfully spectacular days with some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in this area of Morocco.