Agadir, Souss, Morocco

Agadir is a city in southwestern Morocco, located on the Atlantic coast, in the Souss region, 508 km south of Casablanca, 173 km of Essaouira and 235 km west of Marrakech. It is a city where there are three languages; Arabic, Berber and French. From 1950, Agadir is a dynamic city with the aperture of a new commercial port and good activities such as fishing, agriculture, canning, mining and tourism course which feels attracted by its mild climate throughout the year and its beautiful hotels. In 1952, the Grand Prix of Agadir was held and after the Grand Prix of Morocco. In 1960, there was a great earthquake that has ravaged the city and it was completely rebuilt with mandatory earthquake standards. The beach is over 10 km with a beautiful seafront promenade of 5 km with the best hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes,white houses or buildings of condominiums, etc. There are 340 sunny days per year and the temperature let you swim at any time, with mild winters and a summer heat that does not choke. Agadir is also the first port of Morocco and it has the role of argument to be the first tourist site in the country with Marrakech. It is a modern, dynamic city with tourists throughout the year.

Tips

It is an ideal city to spend long stays, rent an apartment, there are even with food service and cleaning, staying in a hotel with just breakfast or all inclusive. There are lots of activities to do but it is more pleasant to walk along the sea; the promenade is very wide and you have plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants if you prefer to stop a little bit at any time of day. For the best view of Agadir, go to the Casbah, where the old fortress was. A visit to the souks is also the discovery of a culture. You can buy your souvenirs, spices, typical handicraft products, etc., there.

Kenya, Africa

Kenya, crossed by the equator, is located in the east of the African continent by having neighboring South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. To the east, it is bordered by the Indian Ocean for about 536 km. Mount Kenya (5199m) is the highest point and Tana is its longest river. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. The official languages are Swahili and English. National parks and reserves represent 8% of the total area of the territory and the main tourist attraction of the country. The country has 26 parks, 34 reserves and 5 sanctuaries. Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Sibiloi National Park, Central Island National Park and South Island National Park (the latter three are national parks of Lake Turkana); are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Tips

The best way to visit the country is with a local guide either alone or in groups. Usually the groups are formed of 4 or 5 people with a guide. There are several tour operators who offer various trips and diversity of housing.
The country is well known by tourists who like doing photo-safari.

Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou is a kasbah or village in the Ounila Valley, south of Télouet in the province of Ouarzazate. This valley was a traditional crossing caravans linking Marrakech to Saharan region. It is a true example of the architecture of traditional southern Morocco which is on the side of a hill on top of which there was a collective attic (an agadir). There’s a set of earthen buildings surrounded by walls, the ksar, which is a type of traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The defensive walls are reinforced with corner towers and houses are grouped within the oldest of which date back to the seventeenth century. Around it, a group of villages gathers next to the river that runs through the valley. The people, of nomadic origin, are mostly Berber. The village is inscribed on the World Heritage of UNESCO. For movie lovers, many films have been made in this lovely place such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Nile diamond, The Mummy, Gladiator, among others.

Tips

There are two ways to access the kasbah, the ‘tourist’ one, being helped by children waiting for tourists to cross over sandbags on the small river in exchange of some coins or by a bridge built in recent years which will not cause you problems in the case of having a hard time climbing the small hill or for disabled people.
If you insist on taking photos with villagers, always ask their permission, remember that this is their place and us, we are just visitors …
You will find some craftsmen and as usual, you have to negotiate the price before.