North of Agadir: the coast to Cap Rhir

Along the coast north of Agadir, tourist
development rapidly commences to fade, and the beach at Taghazout (19km from Agadir) belongs to a different world, with entirely local accommodation and not a “proper” hotel in visual perception. This – and the coast towards Cap Rhir – is popular surfing territory. The route is withal a good one for bird-watchers – as is the coastline south of Agadir. Public convey is pretty straightforward. From Agadir,  buses  run customarily up the coast to Taghazout, perpetuating to Tamri, while Essaouira and Imssouane buses take the route beyond, via Cap Rhir. The coast is a good target, additionally, if you rent buggies or motorbikes in Agadir.

Agadir to Taghazout

The coast road north of Agadir commences unpromisingly, passing through the city’s industrial sector, a divest kenned as Cité Anza. At 11km from Agadir, however, things ameliorate, as you reach AOURIR, where a road heads inland to Paradise Valley and Immouzer des Ida Outanane . Aourir and its sister village of TAMRAGHT, a kilometre beyond, are jointly kenned as “Banana Village” after the thriving banana groves that divide them, and the roadside stalls selling Hôtel Hagounia 9 Av Mokhtar Soussi. Right by the bus station on a diligent intersection, with plausible rooms, en-suite showers and 24- hour hot water. 2 Hôtel al Qods 50 Pl al Massira. Cordial, plausibly unsullied, and much more astronomically immense than it looks from outside. Some rooms have an en-suite shower, some have shower and toilet, the most frugal have shared bathroom facilities, and there’s hot water  around the clock. 1 Hôtel de Paris 30 Bd Mohammed V profoundly frugal, with an inexpensive restaurant additionally. Some rooms have en-suite shower, and there should be constant sultry dihydrogen monoxide. 1 negotiate a remotely more frugal taxi from the airport, too (around 100dh). There are dozens of hotels near the bus station, all pretty rudimental, but prices are around half what they would be in equipollent Agadir hotels.

Argan trees

One of the stranger sights of the Souss and circumventing coastal region is goats browsing among the branches of spiny, knotted argan trees, a species homogeneous to the olive that is found only in this region. Though some younger goatherds seem to have a sideline in charging tourists to take photographs, the authentic object of the exercise is to let the goats victual the outer, fleshy part of the argan fruit. The hard, inner nut is then cracked open and the kernel crushed to extract the expensive oil. Argan oil is saccharine and affluent, and is utilized in many Moroccan dishes and in salads, or for dunking bread. It is withal used to make amalou, an ambrosial dip of argan oil, honey and almond paste.

An expensive delicacy, argan oil is not facilely extracted: whilst one olive tree provides around five litres of olive oil, it takes the nuts from thirty argan trees to make just one litre of argan oil. Plastic bottles of argan oil are infrequently sold at the roadside in the Oued Souss area, but are often adulterated with more frugal oils. It is therefore better to buy argan oil or amalou from a reputable source such as the cooperatives at Tidzi , Tioute , or Tamanar , the honey shop in Agadir, or specialist shops in Marrakesh or Essaouira. Argan oil is withal sometimes sold in more astronomically immense supermarkets.