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General Info and Advice on Agadir and Morocco
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Changes concerning Tourist Visas in Morocco and important updates for
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page updated October 8, 2017

Petit Taxis in Agadir

Petit taxis can legally carry a maximum of three passengers - and that includes children.

Taxi drivers may try to get you to agree a fixed fare for your journey - especially down near the seafront
. Resist. Ask them politely to turn the meter on ("Le compteur, s'il vous plaît") - or point to it. If they refuse, get out of the cab and take another one. If they say the meter is broken - ditto. They are not allowed to operate with a broken meter. By following this advice you will make life easier for yourself, other tourists and resident overseas expatriates who live in Morocco.

Agadir Daytime Taxi fares starts at 2.00 dirhams on the meter - but the minimum taxi fare is 6 dirhams. Fare is 50% extra after 8pm (i.e. meter starts at 3.00 dirhams - not double, as some may tell you.)

Tip: Always check the meter when you get into a taxi. If the starting fare states 3.00 dirhams, then the night fare is already operating
Please note that petit taxis in Morocco may be shared, at the driver's discretion, without any reduction to the fare on the meter. This means that the driver may stop and pick up another passenger to sit in an empty passenger seat. A possible consequence of this happening is that the extra passenger may be given first preference for their journey, which could extend the time and route of your own taxi journey, as well as bumping up the taxi fare. One way of lowering the possibility of this happening is to always sit in the front passenger seat - even one person of a couple (usually the man, for reason of local customs.)

The best way around hassle with taxi drivers is to say "Salam-Alaikum" when you open the door and get into the taxi. The taxi driver will be somewhat surprised at your speaking Arabic and take it that you live in Morocco and will usually then just reach down and put the meter on. Not always, but usually. Good idea to get into the habit of saying "Salam-Alaikum" to every Moroccan person you encounter - whether it's the taxi driver, the restaurant waiter, hotel receptionist, shopkeeper - everyone and every time.

If you make a point of doing this, your experiences in Morocco will change - most definitely. You will find that you may likely pay less in shops, in the souk and other places. And you will likely find yourself engaging in more conversations with Moroccan people. And you will go home to your own country having had an infinitely better time than if you had not said it. Guaranteed.

For airport taxi and other transport information please visit the transport page

Youtube videos on Agadir

covers practically every area of Agadir from the beach to the airport
includes historic and extensive coverage of the 1960 earthquake
interviews with S.H. Prince Moulay Hassan (later to be S.M. King Hassan II)
Very interesting videos here - please rate them afterwards

Money in Morocco

The official unit of currency in Morocco is the dirham, sometimes written as MAD. Interesting to note then, that Moroccan people, in general, do not talk together in dirhams. In the north of Morocco, people talk in "francs" and from the Middle Atlas region to the far south, they talk in "rials". In a nutshell, there are 20 rials to the dirham and 100 francs to the dirham. If you are in Tangier in an outdoor market and hear a seller calling out "elef, elef, elef" (which means one thousand francs, in English) the seller is asking for 10 dirhams. In Marrakesh, if a seller is calling out the same amount, he is calling out in rials and this is equivalent to 50 dirhams. None of this will really be of concern to the first-time tourist in Morocco, but it is handy to remember for future visits, so that you will know what the locals are paying for any given item.

Telephone number changes

Very handy to know if you are reading an old guide book on Morocco
Since March 2009, all Moroccan phone numbers have been given an added prefix
Moroccan are phone codes are here

All landlines have an added prefix of "5" and mobiles have an added prefix of "6"

Example: Agadir code used to be 028 - it is now 0528
To call from overseas: country code is 212 then delete the first 0 = +212528xxxxxx

Mobile phone example: Mobile numbers now have "6" after the zero:
0700-xxxxx is now 06700-xxxxx

Moroccan SIM Cards for Mobile Phones

if you have an unlocked mobile phone, you can buy a cheap Meditel SIM card on "Pay as you go." They often give 4 to 6 times the recharge value - i.e. if you buy recharge for 100 dirhams, you may get somewhere between 400 to 600 dirhams in calls - but the extra bonus can only be used for call numbers in Morocco.

In Talborjt, there is a phone shop, for buying a SIM card or recharging a phone, two doors up from the Hotel de la Baie. You don't get charged in Morocco for receiving calls from overseas if you have a Moroccan SIM card in your phone. If you accept calls from Europe (or elsewhere overseas) on a European (or any other overseas) SIM card, you will likely be charged to receive calls while you are overseas.

Buying Internet Access for Your Own Laptop Computer

If you plan on spending more than a few weeks in Morocco and have your own laptop computer it may be well worth considering to buy a USB modem from Meditel. A 4G high-speed modem costs around 200 dirhams to buy and a 10GB recharge costs 100 dirhams. Many hotels usually have free wi-fi. On our hotels page, the only hotel that does not have wi-fi is the Hotel Tamri.

Etiquette in Morocco: Arranging to Meet Someone

Here in Morocco, when a future meeting is arranged by two parties, at that same moment, it is certainly regarded as confirmed. Overall, provisional meetings such as the "call-to-confirm" system are not the done thing in Morocco. It's up to the parties concerned, therefore, to make sure that the particular date and time that they are arranging is available to them beforehand, then make a note of it and turn up at the meeting. If the proposed time is not convenient, then suggest another one instead. To not turn up at a rendezvous is to let the other person down, and is regarded as bad manners. In effect, what the "call-to-confirm" system does, is that it enables the person saying that they will confirm, which will, in effect, tie-up the other person's agenda, while keeping a way open for themselves to opt-out of the arrangement at the last minute by not confirming the meeting, or calling at the last minute to say that they can't make it (for whatever reason.) Moroccan people will have none of this.

Please be aware that they will be greatly offended if a person's word is not kept, as promised. This kind of behaviour is becoming more common in western countries but is certainly not acceptable in Morocco, especially if there is a lot of homely hospitality and cooking involved in the meeting. Please consider. (A lot of people actually take this concept home with them, as a souvenir of Morocco. Living here in Morocco, it's "de rigeur" :-)

Collections for a Person's Funeral - Not in the Guide Books

You may find yourself having a coffee in a café and (usually) a young woman will come by and put a small piece of paper on every table, printed in Arabic. She is collecting money for a close family member's funeral, usually, her father. If you can give a small amount of money to her, something not too meagre, like say 50 dirhams, this would be greatly appreciated by the family - I can't emphasise this enough. She will usually not directly ask you for money, as she will just take it that you don't know what's going on. She will return to collect the pieces of paper and this is the ideal time to offer a small gift if you are able to do so.

While on the subject... on other occasions, you may see a public funeral procession, with a large group of people accompanying the coffin and singing verses from the Quran, that will pass by your outdoor location, with the open coffin and deceased person in direct view. Stand up immediately, lower your eyes, and if a woman, quickly cover your head with a small scarf (handy to carry one for this occasion, and also for entry into some Islamic Museums and suchlike.)
Your respect, in this manner, will not go unnoticed by the locals and will often be the springboard to an immediate and interesting conversation.

Wiki Travel Agadir

Buying Handicrafts in Agadir

Visit the Ensemble Artisinal first to get an idea of quality and prices
(key 6 on main map here)

Visit the Souk in Agadir

Watch youtube video on the Souk in Agadir
The souk can be an intimidating place to visit on your own.
Yes, it's great - with many things to see and buy.
Tip: Ask your taxi driver for Gate 5 to arrive and make your way up the souk to leave from Gate 10.
Visiting the Souk in Agadir

Eco-Tourism: An Important Issue

In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of 5 star all-inclusive holidays to Agadir. They have become extremely popular. A family member of ours was recently in Agadir for 2 weeks and hardly left the hotel - the 5* Hotel Royal Atlas, on the sea-front. Almost every time we wanted to see them we had to trek all the way down to the hotel, because they would not come out. I think they came out only twice, during the two weeks they were in Agadir. They could have been anywhere on the planet, except for the weather. This made me think about the ethics of all-inclusive holidays. These kind of holidays deprive the local economy of valuable revenue because the operating profit is usually going to overseas tour operators.

If you are an eco-friendly type of person, this point is worth considering before booking an all-inclusive holiday. Maybe buy flight only and book your own hotel? This way one will be sure of putting money into the local economy. A lot of restaurants have been "feeling the pinch" since many European holiday companies started offering only "all inclusive" holidays. The restaurants in Talborjt used to be packed-out every evening, with a wonderful, happy, atmosphere - all mostly now gone. The only busy time in Talborjt is usually October to March at lunchtime, mostly with the camper-van crew.

Loss of local tourist revenue has also happened in Thailand, India, Hurghada (in Egypt) and the Caribbean, to name a few, resulting in a lot of local unemployment, with families losing their homes because they have no income to pay the rent - and going hungry. Here in Morocco, it is quite common that a large family, of say, six or more people, only has one breadwinner. The breadwinner does not see their salary as their own - they see only a duty and obligation to support the family - which quite often can be every family member. Please consider an eco-friendly holiday. Thank you.

Wiki article on Responsible Tourism

The International Centre for Responsible Tourism

Review: "Ecotourism: the Promise and Perils of Environmentally-Oriented Travel"

Here are some more of our pages:

Interesting Articles on Morocco

Remembering the 1960 Earthquake

The Hammam in Talborjt
Where is Talborjt?

Security in Morocco

Visiting the Souk in Agadir

From Agadir to Merzouga: A Twelve Day Journey

DIY Trip to Taroudant

DIY Trip to Marrakesh

Hotels in Talborjt

Talborjt 1001 Nights Restaurant

Tourism in Agadir

Transport to and from Agadir

The Jardim Olhao and the Valley of the Birds

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Weather forecast for Agadir

Live Current Rates of Dirham Exchange

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