- Atlantic Coastline
Morocco’s Atlantic coast is the best known area for foreign visitors with the popularity of towns and cities such as Agadir, Azemmour, Essaouira, Larache and Safi.
Southernmost Agadir has found great popularity among Western European investors and is the best-known seaside resort of Morocco. Although the region has long had its natural attributes to make it a popular tourist destination, more recently considerable investment has been made to develop the infrastructure for large numbers of visitors. These include the development of major resorts and stunning new hotels. Though sun, sand and sea are always an attraction for holiday destinations, there are also cultural attractions nearby and Agadir provides a good starting point to discover the cities of Tafraout, Taroudannt and Tiznit among others.
A bit further north on the coast, Essaouria’s cosmopolitan ambiance stems from its mixed heritage of Berber, Arab, Jewish, Portuguese and French cultures. Dating back 3000 years, this fortified fishing village has played a very important role throughout Moroccan history.
With much of the state investment going to the larger cities such as Casablanca, Essaouria has managed to escape extensive commercial development and its sweeping beaches have become popular with more independent travelers. Well known for its café society, the main square adjacent to the port, Place de L’Indépendence, is the centre of Essouira’s community. Seafood lovers have come to the right place and don’t miss the local fish auctions which are great to watch. Surfers also appreciate the huge waves and scuba divers enjoy the clear waters.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air France, Corsair and Royal Air Maroc fly regularly scheduled flights to most Moroccan locations. Travel connections to the country are convenient from most major European cities.