Agadir and the berber market
Half day tour of Agadir and the souks
Agadir was a fort constructed in 1505. Its history is punctuated by peaks and valleys of prosperity, from the 18th century when only 12 houses remained, to the bustling metropolis that you'll visit. An earthquake that struck on February 29, 1960 flattened the city and although it has been rebuilt since, it's no longer a typical Moroccan city. Today's Agadir, with its modern architecture and almost year-round sunshine, is a favorite of European vacationers. Drive northeast to the old Kasbah, a gaunt giant overlooking the city and a rich reminder of Agadir before the earthquake. A Dutch inscription from 1746 still adorns the gateway - Fear God and Honor Your King. Today the Kasbah is known for its breathtaking view over Agadir's endless beach. From the belvedere to the Berber market of Inezgane, you'll find everything from the namesake carpets to fine handicrafts. On the return drive, pause at a seaside resort for a refreshing soft drink before arriving at the pier.
Taroudant and the berber Oasis of Tiout:
Full day tour
This is the perfect tour for an adventurer who wants to experience the berber life in the countryside of southern Morocco. Depart the pier heading to Taroudant, also known as the small Marrakech, which is just 1-1/2 hours away. It's a town that is half citadel, half oasis; it possesses great charm and grace, with its majestic gold, pink and orange high walls. Drive around the historical wall surrounding the city and stop for photos. Enter the medina through one of its gates and cross its narrow and colorful streets and souks before continuing to the Berber Village and Oasis of Tiout, just 18 miles away. You might catch a glimpse of goats eating on the top of argan trees by the roadside and if possible, your bus will stop for a unique photo opportunity. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed by the local Berber inhabitants with their saddled mules and donkeys, ready to assist you with a ride to discover the oasis of the village with its palm grove, river and bridge. Enjoy lunch in this country setting under Berber tents where you'll see local folk entertainers and experience the real life of the Berbers while enjoying Moroccan specialties. Then it's back to your bus by donkey and mule ride for your return to Agadir. Relax and enjoy the views during your two-hour drive.