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Art of living and traditions in Morocco

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Morocco has been around for thousands of years and has inherited centuries of tradition. And yet this kingdom is not the least bit frozen in time. It has a vibrant culture that is expressed each day in the little details that make up daily routines and habits, as well as in celebrations and rituals. Spend some time here and soak up Morocco’s irresistible lifestyle.

The best approach is to walk through her cities and villages and experience the narrow alleys of ancient neighborhoods. This brings you close to the people: talk to them! They are certain to invite you to have a cup of Moroccan tea, a time-honored ritual of hospitality and ceremony.

You should also experience day-to-day life. Morocco and its inhabitants espouse an enviable Mediterranean lifestyle that has been recognized by UNESCO. This lifestyle comprises practices, foods and symbols that bring pleasure to every day and are sure to captivate you as well.

The kingdom loves its celebrations, which punctuate the calendar. One of the types of events that bring Moroccans together are its famous moussems, festive religious events. Do not miss the Tan-Tan moussem, which is especially well known and has been listed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage register since 2008. The EssaouiraGnaouas festival is also highly recommended. These gatherings are opportunities for you to interact with and immerse yourself in the different cultures that make Morocco such a rich, diverse country.

This is but a glimpse of the myriad cultures that still thrive in Morocco. Work your way across the country and get to know these treasures of Morocco’s intangible cultural heritage.

Moroccan nightlife

Whether you pick a traditional or modern experience, a night on the town in Morocco will make your trip unforgettable.

The major cities of Morocco have a rich nightlife. Cafés and clubs throb with music and conversation all night long with sounds from around the world. There is something for every taste and every mood. In Marrakesh, it isn’t unusual to run into international stars and celebrities. The kingdom’s casinos are also worth a look. There are excellent venues in the Red City, Agadir, Tangier and Mazagan to indulge your taste for games of chance.

Would you prefer a more mellow evening? If so, sample the country’s many restaurants, where the world-renowned cuisine of Morocco will delight your taste buds. Local dishes on the coast and further inland will take you on a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure.

You should consider participating in a traditional Moroccan celebration for a chance to combine the pleasures of fine food, dancing and singing. These evenings will reveal to you some of the cultural facets that make Morocco so rich. Choose between Arabic-Andalusian or Berber folk customs.

To ensure your vacation is time well spent, come to Morocco, a kingdom that is continuously pulsing with life. Its welcoming people are always up for a party and the sounds of celebration ring through their homes and streets.

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Land of hikers Morocco

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Wide open spaces are abundant in Morocco. Throughout the kingdom, there are national parks that preserve nature’s beauty and double as magnificent hiking destinations. To the south and the east, the Sahara beckons: head there for an adventure within the immensity of the desert.

The well-marked paths make it easy for you to enjoy the pleasures of walking. To the north, try Al Hoceima park on the Mediterranean coast, where a hiking trail runs through the park and along the sea. There are several rest houses along the way, so you can spend a few days with the plant and wildlife of northern Morocco. Talassemtane National Park offers similar treats. You will love exploring it as you hike from waterfalls to streams to the shade of Morocco’s pine trees and giant Atlas cedars. In the south, check out the Valley of Roses for an unforgettable walk in an enchanting setting.

The most gregarious travelers can opt for backpacking: from the peaks of the Middle Atlas mountains around Ifrane to the top of the famous Mount Toubkal – Morocco’s highest mountain, which can be summited in two days. The Sahara Desert is another option: here the pleasures of camping mix with the discovery of vast spaces and interactions with the locals. You can also choose peaceful horseback rides along the beach throughout Morocco.

The country of Morocco is like one tremendous hiking trail: as you travel through forests, over mountains or atop cliffs, you won’t fail to be captivated by nature’s wonders.

A paradise of sand and stone

Are you searching for excitement in an idyllic setting? Look no further than the region of Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir for intense sporting adventures: hikes, camel treks, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking in the mountains of Jebel Saghro, summiting Mount M’goun and a plethora of motor sports on the Chgaga Dunes – these are just some of the myriad activities that await you around Ouarzazate. Thrills and chills are guaranteed!

Is your dream to combine a vacation in an exotic natural setting while enjoying a favorite recreational activity or learning a new one? The area around the city of Ouarzazate and its more modest neighbors, Zagora and Tinghir, is the ideal place for an array of sports. The environment here ranges from typically Moroccan towns to a vast desert where you can get your fill of fresh air. Climb atop a camel, jump on your mountain bike, lace up your best walking shoes or hop into a vehicle and head toward the Chgaga Dunes. Prepare to be amazed!

Festival International des Musiques du Monde in Merzouga

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Deep within the majesty of the Erg Chebbi dunes — Morocco’s biggest — lies Merzouga, host to its own International Festival of World Music. Each spring, the festival puts on a program like no other.

Treat yourself to the exceptional setting of this oasis curled up in the desert’s dunes, interact in the convivial ambiance and discover local and international music. Be sure not to miss the sunrise in Merzouga, reputed to be the most beautiful in the world.

Take a camel trek or camp out in the desert to make your trip unforgettable. There are also sports opportunities and the famous spa treatment that consists in being buried in the warm dunes of the desert. Thanks to the unique setting, the festival is an occasion for partying and promoting eco-friendly behaviors and environmental protection. The schedule included seminars, performances, children’s workshops, an environmental day and plenty of concerts where emerging Moroccan talents interacted with international virtuosos. In a magical demonstration of personal commitment, tourists and locals worked hand in hand to clean the huge dunes in the surrounding desert. The festival succeeds in uniting all cultures in their shared passions: music and preserving nature.

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From 21 Feb To 3 Mar 2019

Discover Moroccan gardens

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Morocco’s riches also include a variety of fauna and flora, to which its sumptuous gardens can attest. Just to give you an idea, Morocco counts several hundred gardens, each more awe-inspiring than the next.

One great example is Menara Garden, which features a vast stretch of olive trees in a peaceful haven right in the center of Marrakesh. In Rabat, visit the famous Botanical Test Gardens and Exotic Gardens that await with thousands of plant species. And be sure not to miss the Andalusian Gardens at Les Oudayas. In and around Tangier, get some fresh air at the wonderful Mendubia Garden, where centuries-old trees stand over canons that are now purely decorative, or stroll around a chateau in Perdicaris Park. In Fez, embark on an outing fit for a king at the Jnan Sbil Gardens which run from the medina to the royal palace.

Where sustainable eco-tourism is a priority

The Majorelle Garden is the most symbolic park in Marrakesh. The painter of the same name planted beautiful specimens here to create a pleasant space that would inspire his artwork. The garden was bought by Yves Saint Laurent in the late 1980s and is now open to the public to promote green tourism. Finally, for a magical evening constitutional, the roses in the Koutoubia gardens are the perfect destination.

In Morocco, put your body and mind at peace by spending time in its multi-faceted gardens.

The Moroccan desert

There is a reason why Morocco is known as the “Land of Dunes”: its desert expanses lend themselves to the formation of sand dunes, which make the Moroccan landscape such an unusual one.

Your adventure begins in Zagora, the gateway to the Sahara. This simply fantastic town is surrounded by a palm grove and rocky hills. Other, grander spots that have their own oases, such as Tafilalet, Tinghir, Fint,Tata and Figuig.

An original experience in the desert

The Moroccan desert is a vast space ripe for discovery. Climb aboard the Oriental Desert Express, the train that connects Oujda to Bouarfa, for an unbeatable view of the Sahara Desert glimpsed between dunes and palm trees. Athletic adventurers can choose activities like sandboarding, i.e. sand surfing, which is possible in Merzouga and M’hamid El Ghizlane. In fact, the Merzouga dunes are a great place for sampling the desert in an ATV or off-roader. If you’re a romantic at heart, spend the night in a khaima, a traditional tent used by nomads that makes a lovely spot for resting under the stars.

Treat yourself to a total immersion in the Sahara and you won’t regret it.

The dazzling nature of southern Morocco

Turn inland, away from the sea, and allow the towns of Midelt, Errachidia and Merzouga to show you another side of Morocco. Their stunning panoramas unfurl between the summits of the
Middle Atlas and the infinite expanse of the Sahara.

Midelt and Errachidia are mountain towns. Varying contours interrupt the horizon, forming a backdrop that exudes serenity. Oaks, date palms and olive trees rise from the valley floors, while cedars and firs ring the mountaintops, reinforcing the sense of calmness that pervades the area. There are many excursions to bring you up close to these beautiful landscapes.

The outlying areas of Midelt and Errachidia hint at the nearby desert, but Merzouga, a lost village in the sand, sits right at its doorstep. This is where you will find the tallest dunes in Morocco and the most beautiful sunrise in the world. Look around for a palm grove and waters stirred by the flights of birds and you have found Dayet Srij Lake and its migratory bird population. Whether you choose a quick getaway or a multi-day excursion, you will be able to immerse yourself in these treasures and discover all the secret delights of the desert.

These remote lands are far removed from the resorts of Morocco. This is whereyou come for untamed nature and where adventure awaits just around the bend.

Clima / estações Marrocos

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Marrocos é uma terra de contrastes. Banhado a norte pelas águas do Mediterrâneo, a oeste pelas ondas do Oceano Atlântico e atravessado pelas montanhas do Rif e do Atlas, o país está submetido a todo o tipo de influências climáticas.

As regiões costeiras resultam muito atrativas pelo seu clima ensolarado. Os raios do sol são constantes durante todo o ano e poderá disfrutar dos seus benefícios em qualquer temporada. Agadir, localizada frente ao oceano Atlântico e o principal destino balnear do país, oferece aos que procuram relaxamento 300 dias de sol por ano, temperaturas amenas e suaves ventos alísios. Mais a norte, Taghazout, Mogador e Magazan também merecem uma visita.

Um pouco mais para o interior, o clima é menos mediterrânico, predominando um clima continental. A topografia é mais pronunciada e oferece esplêndidos panoramas. Marrocos é o pais dos grandes espaços onde os aventureiros poderão realizar caminhadas em qualquer estação.

A sul, o país abre-se à vastidão do Sahara. A melhor altura para o visitar é  a primavera e o outono. Na areia, o sol brilha e reflete-se nas dunas. Estas extensões desérticas exalam algo de irreal. A camelo, descubra um dos mais belos cenários criados pela natureza

Tramites

Passaporte, visto e duração da estadia

Para evitar qualquer problema à chegada a Marrocos, certifique-se que possui passaporte válido.

A necessidade de visto depende da sua nacionalidade.

Para todas as nacionalidades, a duração máxima duma viagem turística é de 90 dias.

Embaixadas e Consulados

Ao preparar a sua viagem, anote a informação de contato da sua embaixada e consulados existentes na região, onde poderá pedir a reemissão dos seus documentos, em caso de perda, ou para obter conselhos (saúde, segurança, etc.). Geralmente, todas as missões diplomáticas têm um número de emergência para usar apenas em caso de necessidade. Na maioria das vezes um serviço social poderá ajuda-lo, inclusive em caso de emergência.

Cambio

A divisa nacional de Marrocos é o dirham. Não é possível cambiar fora das fronteiras do país pelo que deverá optar por cambiar nos aeroportos, bancos e alguns hotéis ou considerar outras formas de pagamento.

Para proceder ao cambio de moeda é exigido que apresente o seu passaporte.

Cartões de crédito

Confirme com o seu banco se é possível retirar dinheiro com o cartão de crédito. A maioria dos bancos nas principais cidades marroquinas tem ATM. Troque dinheiro em função das suas necessidades. A grande maioria das compras e serviços são pagos em dinheiro – depois de regatear, evidentemente!

Welcome to Morocco

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Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.

Mountains & Desert

From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.

Ancient Medinas

Morocco’s cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Join the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh. In the rocky deserts medinas are protected by kasbahs, on the coast by thick sea walls. But it’s not just a heritage trip, as Morocco’s cities are forward-facing too, with glitzy new urban design in Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier looking to the future as well as paying homage to their roots.

Moroccan Activities

Enjoying Morocco starts with nothing more strenuous than its national pastime – people-watching in a street cafe with a coffee or a mint tea. Use the opportunity to plan your next moves – hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking in the desert, shopping in the souqs or getting lost in the medina. Between the activities, you can sleep in boutique riads, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, and mop up delicately flavoured tajines – before sweating it all out in a restorative hammam.

Traditional Life

Morocco is a storied country, that has, over the centuries, woven its ties to Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the wider Middle East into whole cloth. Its mixed Arab and Berber population forms a strong national identity, but an increasingly youthful one, taking the best of its traditions and weaving the pattern anew – from the countryside to the city, from the call to prayer from the mosque to the beat of local hip hop. Morocco has a hundred faces and sounds, all ready to welcome the traveller looking for spice and adventure.

Golf in Morocco, hundred years of history…

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From the North to the South, experiencing golf in Morocco depends on whether Golfers want to discover sunny beach resorts, to experience the game at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the Mediterranean or the cities famous for their history and culture. Four different golf experiences and four different ways to practice the sport.

Morocco is offering golf amateurs and professionals multiple landscapes. Golfing in Morocco is part of a much wider tourism offering. As a matter of fact, a wide range of hotels is offering various activities related to wellbeing, nature and adventure, water sports…

The Moroccan open sky offers very good connections to and between the major tourist destinations. Thus making Morocco an ideal golf break destination. Located less than three hours flight away from the major European capitals, Morocco offers nice weather and pleasant temperatures throughout the year together with golf courses designed by the most famous international architects.

Players will enjoy a high diversity of golf courses, in terms of landscape as well as playing techniques. Other advantages are the highly competitive green fees as well as the low caddies’ fees.

Fez – Meknes, the imperial pearls

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Fez radiates a unique aura. This imperial city is the custodian of 13 centuries of Moroccan history. Meknes has a rich, prestigious past and harbors marvelous surprises.

Walk through the walls that guard the celebrated Medina of Fez, whose outstanding universal value has been recognized by UNESCO. Meander along the streets of the Fes-El-Bali district. The Bab Boujloud Gate is the easiest way to access the medina. In May, the city’s squares and streets come to life with music from around the world as the Sacred Music Festival takes over the one-time imperial capital. Along with the Jazz in Riads festival, it is one of the city’s cultural highlights.

Don’t leave without sampling the city’s extraordinary cuisine, which is considered to be among the best in the world.

Just 40 miles from Fez lies the city of Meknes, another open-air museum. Its medina and the remnants of the royal palace also earned it a designation as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Pass through the Bab Mansour Gate on El Hedime square to enter the medina and enjoy this masterpiece of Spanish-Moorish art. Be sure to make time for the royal stables and granary of Sultan Moulay Ismail anddon’t miss Volubilis. This Roman archaeological site just north of Meknes is the most extensive one in Morocco. Its triumphal arch, capitol and house of Bacchus attest to the splendor of the city, as well as its economic and political significance.

The imperial, eternal cities of Meknes and Fez serve up a timeless experience that blurs the boundaries between past and present.

The souks, markets of the food and the well-being

It often seems that time stands still in the medinas of Fez and Meknes. Yet behind their high walls, a host of artisans busy themselves crafting and reviving traditions to produce works that are both authentic and modern.

Wander into the Fez medina and explore its alleys, where you will madrassas, riads and caravanserai that have been converted to museums and mosques. Tour El Henna market, a showcase for natural cosmetics where bars of black soap are stacked alongside kohl kits and bottles of rose water. Seek out the cabinet makers clustered in the Nejarrine district, who work wood, which they cut and carve with great finesse. But in the Imperial City, the most representative art is pottery. This is where you will find the famous cobalt blue pottery of Fez, glazed ceramic made by deft potters. Their agile hands produce great trinkets that double as souvenirs and practical serving pieces.

Meknes has a reputation of its own. Its medina and El Hedime square are homes to all kinds of stands. Artful damascening can be found on vases, plates, bracelets and other finely decorated objects. Embroidery and tanning are also specialties among these craftsmen who hand down their skills from father to son.

Meknes is nestled within an exceptional, fertile hinterland scattered with vineyards, orchards and olive groves.

In these two imperial cities and their surrounding areas, there are countless opportunities to find souvenirs from the people and from the land.

Viaje a las puertas del desierto

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Ouarzazate, Zagora y Tinghir, un destino auténtico rebosante de mil y una maravillas que le dejarán sin aliento, les desvela a los visitantes una diversidad de paisajes increíbles, entre desierto y exuberantes valles.

Siga los pasos de los más famosos directores como David Lean, Ridley Scot, Martin Scorsese o Alejandro González Iñárritu, que rodaron en los suntuosos decorados de esta ciudad del cine las obras maestras del séptimo arte como “Lawrence de Arabia”, “Gladiator”, “Kundun” y “Babel”. Cada año, la magia de estos lugares atrae a nuevas producciones, como recientemente la de la serie “Prison Break”.

Los deportistas ávidos de aventura y de rutas de senderismo seguirán numerosas pistas que los conducirán a los confines del desierto, irán al encuentro de los camelleros y sus caravanas en la encrucijada de las rutas de Draa, del Ziz y del Dades.

¿Y por qué no acampar en vivac? ¡La duna de Tinfou, cerca de Zagora, también conocida como la duna “de la arena de oro” le hará vivir una experiencia inolvidable! En cuanto a Tinghir, aproveche su visita para admirar desde la Kasbah de El Glaoui la espléndida panorámica que esta ciudad del Alto Atlas le ofrece de su palmeral y de las gargantas del Todra.

A las puertas del desierto, ¡nada es demasiado bello!

¡Disfrute a tope de sensaciones fuertes a las puertas del desierto!

¿Le apetece vivir experiencias al límite en un entorno de ensueño? Disfrute de unos intensos momentos deportivos en pleno corazón de la región de Ouarzazate, Zagora y Tinghir: una ruta de senderismo a pie o a lomos de un camello, BTT, pesca o incluso trekking por la cadena montañosa del Jebel Saghro, la ascensión del Monte M’Goun o múltiples deportes mecánicos que podrá practicar en la Duna de Chegaga no son más que una pequeña muestra de las numerosas actividades deportivas que podrá practicar en la región de Ouarzazate. ¡Sensaciones fuertes garantizadas!

¿Sueña con poder compaginar unas vacaciones en las que desconectar totalmente en plena naturaleza al tiempo que practica o incluso descubre todo tipo de actividades deportivas nuevas? ¡La zona formada por la ciudad de Ouarzazate y sus dos vecinas ciudades más pequeñas, Zagora y Tinghir, son el lugar ideal para la práctica de numerosos deportes! ¡Allí le espera un entorno natural entre ciudades típicas de Marruecos y desierto para llenar los pulmones de aire fresco! ¡Prepárese a vivir sensaciones fuertes por la Duna de Chegaga a lomos de un camello, en BTT, con su mejor calzado de trekking o en un vehículo!

¡De compras por las inmediaciones del desierto!

Comprar múltiples objetos típicos como alfarería, puñales y alfombras, visitar sus lugares de fabricación llegando incluso a elaborarlos usted mismo, son una parte de las actividades que podrá realizar en Ouarzazate, Zagora, Tinghir y sus alrededores. ¡Allí le está esperando la autenticidad y la riqueza cultural!

En las inmediaciones del desierto, en esta región inexplorada y de naturaleza preservada, descubrirá la autenticidad y la maestría de sus artesanos. Estas ciudades marroquíes, al igual que todas las demás ciudades de la región, poseen un rico patrimonio y permiten descubrir múltiples objetos y creaciones típicas, tanto del país como más concretamente de esta región.

Admire las joyas y las alfombras fabricadas por las manos expertas de los Amazigh, descubra una fábrica de destilación de agua de rosas en Kelaa M’Gouna o incluso la alfarería típica de las ciudades de Tamegroute y Zagora. ¿Y por qué no descubrir más acerca de la fabricación del hierro forjado en Tinghir? En estas encantadoras ciudades del sur de Marruecos podrá ver infinidad de cosas. Visite también la cooperativa de AZLAGT para conocer los procesos de fabricación de los puñales, o incluso Taznakhte para admirar las alfombras.

Agadir, versão natureza

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Cidade balnear, Agadir é também uma cidade para viver a natureza e não precisa ir muito longe para descobrir sua riqueza.

A cidade foi edificada num dos mais perfeitos tesouros da natureza: a baía de Agadir, declarada uma das mais belas do mundo desde 2002. Para além dos belíssimos recantos para relaxar, a baía forma um fascinante litoral que se torna ainda mais belo ao pôr-do-sol, quando o sol se afunda no oceano.

Em Agadir, a natureza instalou-se no coração da cidade. A medina Cocco Polizzi é um excelente exemplo. Reconstruída após o terramoto de 1960, esta medina, um pouco afastada do centro da cidade, aninha-se numa floresta de eucalipto. O vale das aves é outro exemplo. Este parque primoroso, de entrada gratuita, estende-se por mais de seis hectares e meio.

Transpasse as portas e entre num mundo totalmente diferente com áleas de palmeiras e flores exóticas, lagos e riachos e, naturalmente, aves oriundas de todo o mundo, assim como, macacos, cangurus e lamas, amistosos companheiros durante a visita.

Explore a cidade Agadir e descubra uma natureza repleta de pequenos prazeres campestres.

Uma das mais belas regiões de Marrocos

Agadir é sinonimo de evasão. O vale de Souss e, um pouco mais adiante, os relevos do Anti-Atlas formam maravilhosos panoramas numa região rica onde poderá render-se aos prazeres da descoberta e do turismo de natureza.

Para os amantes de grandes espaços verdes, o Parque Nacional de Souss-Massa, incontornável, acolhe uma fauna excecional: 250 espécies de aves, incluindo o famoso íbis-Eremita, assim como antílopes, javalis e mangustos. Caminhar por estas extensões selvagens é uma experiência inesquecível. Em Tifnit, as casas esculpidas na rocha, antigas habitações trogloditas, hoje abandonadas, vão chamar a sua atenção.

A flora é impressionante; cresce e floresce por toda a região. Árvores frutíferas, como o argão – e seu famoso óleo – e amendoeiras resplandecem no fim do inverno. Também as flores prosperam abundantemente servindo a produção de mel. Existem rotas turísticas dedicadas a estas flores. Descubra a mestria, a tradição gastronómica e o estilo de vida autêntico da região.

A descoberta é uma das especialidades de Agadir e da região. Percorra-a e deixe-se surpreender pela natureza e seus encantos.

A faceta cultural de Agadir

Agadir deve muito da sua fama à sua baía e ao seu inesgotável interior. Mas também é uma cidade de cultura, uma cidade onde tesouros patrimoniais convivem com as mais modernas criações!

Afaste-se um pouco da beira-mar e transpasse as muralhas da medina. Perca-se pelas ruelas de muros decorados com zelliges (azulejos) e descubra a mestria ancestral dos artesões de Agadir. Seguidamente, visite a Kasbah, suspensa num penhasco a 236 metros de altura. O sismo de 1960 não a conseguiu destruiu e há cinco séculos que zela esta cidade moldada por diversas influências.

Na Medina, o museu rende homenagem à cultura Amazigh (Berbere), os artesãos confecionam joias e os músicos tocam melodias inebriantes. A música é parte integrante da vida de Agadir. Ao longo do ano, a cidade acolhe numerosos festivais. Dos mais célebres, o festival de Timitar dedica-se às músicas do mundo. Destaque também para o já famoso Concerto para a Tolerância.

Por último, Agadir possui uma cultura gastronómica rica, com tradições culinárias inspiradas dos produtos da região: delicie-se com as especialidades locais como o tamboril com limão confitado ou o tagine de frango com mel, amêndoas e uvas.

Esta é a bela Agadir: uma cultura variada numa cidade acolhedora e sempre desperta.