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Thursday 18 October 2018
Fast Track Dublin Airport
My journey started off with fast track through security in Dublin Airport which took all of five minutes followed by VIP lounge access, I felt like a VIP and this treatment lasted for the rest of the trip! The flight from Dublin to Agadir with Air Arabia took three and a half hours direct from Dublin. It was a very comfortable flight with ample leg room on the Airbus A320. The transfer from the airport to Agadir took thirty five minutes.
Five Star Sofitel Royal Bay
My home for the next four nights was the five star Sofitel Royal Bay located directly on the beach.
After a lovely breakfast, our itinerary took us to the four star, Paradise Plage. This was approximately a fifty minute drive from Agadir. Directly on the beach, this four star haven is the perfect getaway for yoga and surf lovers. Following a tour of the hotel we were then given the opportunity to have a surfing lesson. Never one to refuse a new experience I kindly accepted this new challenge! Feeling exhilarated and tired we were treated to a delicious lunch on the beach. A yoga class was next on the cards to ease our muscles after surfing!
Riad Villa Blanche
That night we dined in the Riad Villa Blanche. For those of you who don't know what a Riad is it’s a type of traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard.
Visiting some of the gorgeous Hotels in Agadir, the next day, you realise there really is accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Choices vary from three star apartments to four and five star Hotels. Hotels we visited included the five star Riu Tikida Palace perfect for couples or families who want five star all inclusive on the beach. The four star Sol House Taghazout Bay, located in Taghazout, a twenty minute drive outside of Agadir. This up and coming area will be the next St Tropez of Morocco. At the moment there are various hotels under construction due to be completed in twelve months time. I look forward to return some day to see the finished resort. The Sol House is Morocco’s first eco friendly hotel. All of the rooms are timber huts on stilts. Here, you can surf and enjoy yoga too, suitable for couples or families who want to get away from it all. The final Hotel we saw was the five star Hyatt. For golf lovers this is the perfect choice. Boasting its own eighteen hole golf course and situated directly on the beach, guests are rewarded with some stunning views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
City of Agadir
For the second half of our day, we enjoyed a guided tour of the city of Agadir. Steeped in history and consisting of many fine buildings, we visited the marina, a mosque and watched a local lady making argan oil. This is done by grinding nuts that come from the argan tree which is endemic to Morocco. That night we dined in Pure Passion restaurant situated at the Marina, and it was delicious!
Day four was my favorite day of the trip. First we went to Villa Limoune located about twenty minutes drive from Agadir. A hidden gem in the countryside, on arrival we were treated with a traditional Moroccan welcome of music and dance followed by mint tea and biscuits. Our tour around Villa Limoune took us through a zoo with various animals and fields with home grown veggies and herbs. It is also a hotel with fourteen rooms and more to come. Facilities also include a gym, tennis courts, table tennis and spa a perfect base for couples who want to switch off from their busy lives. Our lunch was a typical Moroccan lunch of couscous and chicken tagine.
Tree Climbing & Go-Karting
The next part of our exciting itinerary took us tree climbing and go-karting. So. Much. Fun! I even managed to come third in the go-karting! These activities are brilliant for all ages.
Sofitel Thalasso Spa Hotel
On our last night we dined in the five star Sofitel Thalasso Spa Hotel in Agadir. Situated on the beach and next door to the Sofitel Royal Bay, this luxurious Hotel is very contemporary and modern. You get the Wow! factor the minute you walk through the door, fabulous for couples.
Before making our way to the airport we experienced the sights, smells and sounds of a local Souk in Agadir. You really could buy anything here from food to fridge magnets, spices to shoes and live chickens to Sisha Pipes. It didn’t take long before I was haggling for my ‘designer’ handbag!
This was my first time to visit Morocco and it definitely won't be my last. The people are so friendly and welcoming. The hotels are fabulous and the weather was just perfect, we enjoyed twelve hours of sunshine every-day. September and October are the best months to travel to Morocco with an average daily temperature of thirty degrees. Morocco has something to offer everyone.