A Family-Friendly Guide to Agadir

Agadir Beach
Agadir Beach | © Krzysztof Belczyński / Flickr
Sarah Williams

Located on the Atlantic Coast in southern Morocco, Agadir is a popular summertime destination with locals and foreigners alike. Many European tourists flock here in the shoulder season too, seeking some sunshine and warmer temperatures than in their home countries. Agadir attracts many different kinds of visitors, from couples and groups of fun-loving friends to solo travellers and families. There are many things to enjoy with kids; here are the best.

Agadir Beach

The sandy beaches of Agadir are often a huge hit with children and adults alike. You can pay to rent sun loungers, chairs, and parasols or simply lay your towels down on the sand and put up your own beach umbrella for shade. There are many vendors close to the beach selling inflatable toys, typical beach games and toys, like buckets and spades and frisbees, beach clothes, towels, and beach mats, refreshments, and essentials like sun screen and water. There are also toilets and shower blocks close to the beach, along with an assortment of restaurants and cafes.

Agadir Beach with Agadir Oufella in the background

Surfing

Agadir and surrounding areas are known for their great surfing conditions. Older kids might enjoy the thrill of hopping on a board and trying to master the waves. There are several surf schools in the area that can provide tuition for inexperienced teens and adults, and some of the centres offer special sessions for younger kids too.

Surfboards against a wall in Agadir

Horse rides

Horse riding is a popular activity along the ocean front, with gentle horses led by their owners to give kids a fun interaction with beautiful creatures. The horses walk fairly slowly and gently when children are riding.

Camel rides

Take the kids up to Agadir’s highest point, Agadir Oufella, for great views over the city and coast. Younger members of the family are sure to be delighted by the camels at the top of the hill, and kids and adults alike can experience a short ride on Morocco’s ships of the desert. You might also spot camels giving rides along the beach.

Camel on the beach at Agadir

Jardin aux Oiseaux

Jardin aux Oiseaux is a charming bird park and small zoo in the heart of the city. Free to enter, the numerous bird species include those from both Africa and Europe. Other animals that live in the park include monkeys, wallabies, goats, and llamas. Green and leafy, there’s plenty of shade around the park. Children are sure to enjoy the play area too.

Le Petit Train

Le Petit Train is a cute train that takes people on a 35-minute trip around the city. The sight of the white engine and carriages coming up the road is often enough to excite younger children, and a ride is even more of a treat. Parents can sit and relax and soak up the sights while the kids are kept entertained.

Crocoparc

Home to the largest collection of crocodiles in Morocco, Crocoparc is interesting and educational for the whole family. As well as being able to see several species of the fearsome reptiles, visitors can learn more about the life of the creatures, such as their feeding and breeding patterns, habitat, and hunting instincts. There are many lovely plants throughout the grounds too.

Closeup shot of a crocodile

Ferris wheel and funfair

Sitting right next to the promenade and beach, it’s almost impossible to miss the large Agadir Ferris wheel. Treat kids to a ride on the big wheel in the evening time to see the city’s lights and shimmering reflections on the ocean. There are several small funfair rides, which are suitable for children, across the road too.

Ferris wheel in Agadir

Atlantica Park

Atlantica Park is a great place to swim, splash around, and enjoy water-based fun without the sand. The water park has several chutes and slides to cater to children of all ages, as well as places to sunbathe and relax in the shade, pools, and food and beverage outlets.

Agadir Medina

Give children a taste of Moroccan history and traditions in a less chaotic atmosphere than in other parts of the country. A privately built attraction to transport visitors back to the Agadir of old, Agadir Medina has narrow walkways and buildings constructed to look like traditional homes. Artisans and craftspeople create eye-catching products in their workshops and there are plenty of market stalls to browse or buy.

Local markets

If your kids enjoy shopping and seeing local crafts, take them to one of the local souks and markets in Agadir. Souk El Had is popular, and it sells an array of products.

Shaded market in Agadir

Souss Massa National Park

Nature-loving families may enjoy a trip to Souss Massa National Park. The national park is especially known for its abundance of bird life, with many migratory species passing through as well as a large number of permanent residents. There are smaller creatures here too, such as reptiles, insects, and rodents, and the landscapes, including dunes and wetlands, are interesting.

Local bird in Agadir

Book a hotel or resort with a swimming pool to give your kids fun without even needing to step outdoors. Some accommodations have children’s clubs too, with a range of activities for kids to join in with and make new friends of a similar age. There’s definitely plenty to keep children (and adults!) occupied and amused on a family vacation to Agadir.

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