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Sunshine, a commodity that most people enjoy, but where to find it in the winter without travelling vast distances is a problem. A suggestion is Agadir in Morocco, just 3 hours flying time from the UK will transport you to winter sunshine where the mercury climbs to the low 20’s most days. Yes, it can get chilly at night but nothing like as chilly as the UK in December, January and February.

 

Landing at Agadir airport means joining the immigration queue but once through and luggage collected it is a short transfer to the main resort area.

 

The RIU Tikida Dunas is a large 4* resort boasting a beach front location. The rooms are spacious and well equipped with large beds, settee, mirrors and flat screen TV. The bathroom with its large walk in shower one end offers two separate showers, one with powerful jets, the other providing a cascading waterfall effect. Large wall mirror, built in basin, lots of space for toiletries, electric shaver socket with large pivoting shaving mirror. Tablets of soap, shampoo sachets, shower caps, hair dryer comes as standard as do towels in 2 sizes, big and small. Opposite end is a toilet and bidet.  

 

The dining room used for breakfast and lunch offers indoor and Al Fresco seating affording views over the golden sands of Agadir’s main beach where the Atlantic Rollers break onto the shoreline. Difficult to imagine that 3,000 miles across this water is the coastline of Florida. Dinner takes place in the main dining room within the main complex. The food in general is typical hotel fayre but with an excellent choice particularly at dinner where chefs can be seen preparing it fresh before you. The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis so no excuse for not having a cheeky glass of wine with lunch and dinner and of course, breakfast if you feel so inclined. The hotel offers two speciality restaurants. Asian that operates on Monday – Wednesday and a Moroccan on Thursday – Saturday. Both are complimentary and the Sushi is excellent.

An animation team operates within the hotel organising daytime events of water polo, water aerobics, stretching classes, darts and other activities. During the evening, they put on a show in the entertainment theatre. The grounds are well laid out with 3 swimming pools and expanses of sun bathing area set amongst lush garden areas. Apart from being a delightful place to be cosseted during the day it’s a great area to see the sun set whilst sipping a pre-dinner drink. Nowhere in the world can you beat an African sunset, watching this huge ball of red fire slowly disappearing into the clear western sky and finally the oceans horizon.  

 

Agadir has a lot to offer for the guest who wants to explore in the sunshine. The Marina area with cafes and restaurants that is best termed ‘up-market’, surrounded by boutiques selling designer labelled clothing and accessories. A harbour of boats portraying the higher end of life in the area and apartments with wonderful views but with price tags to make your eyes water.

 

Overlooking Agadir are the ruins of the Casbah also known as the Ruins of Oufella.  The Casbah was built in 1572 and above the front door is the original inscription in Arabic and Dutch which translated reads: "Fear God and honour the King." All that is left of this after the earthquake of 1960, is a restored long high wall that surrounds land that is not buildable. The views from here looking out over the town, beaches and fishing port are ones that will remain in your memory for a long time. The hill on which it stands has the inscription in Arabic: "God, Country, King" and like the walls, is illuminated at night.

 

The fishing port is one of the largest in Morocco, home to several good restaurants but part of it now is non-accessible to tourists.  

The main Souk, Souk El Had, is worth a visit, operating everyday with the exception of Mondays. Covering a large area selling clothing, shoes, fruit, vegetables, nuts, carpets, lighting and numerous other items, all at what to us are bargain prices. How about a tee shirt for 80p!!! Get the taxi driver to drop you at gate 5 where the spice and vegetable sellers are then make your way through the intricate walk ways to the top at gate 10. That way you will see it all and have a chance to hone your bargaining skills with the vendors.

 

There are many more sights to take in including the beautiful Agadir Mosque, the Berber Museum, the Swiss Quarter with its beautiful houses. Unlike other areas of Morocco much of Agadir is fairly new having been rebuild after the devastating earthquake of 1960 which turned many areas of the town into no more than piles of rubble.  

 

If you are looking for winter sun with relatively short journey times, give Agadir a try, the chances are you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

Alan Fairfax

Agadir in Morocco

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