Souk in Agadir and Surfing in Taghazout Bay
What would a trip to Morocco be without visiting a souk? One day we took a taxi from our hotel Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, and went to Souk El Had, apparantly the third biggest urban souk in North Africa, with 3 000 commercants. 16 entrances lead to this huge market place! Here you can find everything from vegetables, fruits, spices, Argan oil, Savon Noir, ceramic pots for making tajine, Moroccan Tea Pots and silver trays, leather goods…you name it. Open everyday from 6 in the morning till 20:30, except on Mondays when its closed for cleaning. I’m not into going to places with crowds..but it was interesting to see the souk and the people doing their shopping there, to have a glimpse of the local life. Didn’t buy anything, but took a few photos that you can see further down.
During our stay at Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay we were offered an activity and Anna and I both opted for having a Surfing Lesson. Our surfing teacher from Sunshine Surf Morocco, the French surfer Ludovic, came and picked us up early one morning and took us to the beach in front of our hotel. It was my first time…..and the waves were up to 4 metres high that day! With our wetsuits on we did some warm up running on the beach and then our teacher guided us through how to lay down on the surfing board, how to step up on them and how to carry them in the water. Yes, there is a technique for everything. And you better follow those unless you want to have the heavy surfing board right in your face. Anna had been surfing before and ensured me it was like dancing. Which definately wasn’t in my case. Perhaps because I had a hip inflammation it made it difficult for me to get up standing on the board, strength and balance is well needed. I felt more like a penguine on the surfing board…but that was lots of fun that too, having the 4 metres waves behind me driving me all the way to the shore.
Everything comes to an end and so did this holiday, very fast… We did manage to squeeze in two quick visits to Taghazout Bay, one time for having dinner at L’Auberge where I had tajine and a second time to watch the beautiful sunset.
Preserved lemons, is an obligatory main ingredients in any authentic tajine
Fresh mint…I bet these will all be bought and used for the typical Moroccan Mint Tea
Garlic at the Souk in Agadir, Morocco
Outside the souk you could buy chickpeas and other snacks
One of the entrances to the Souk in Agadir, I think there were 16 different entrances in total, that tells pretty much how big the souk is. To the right, prickly pears, have you ever tasted them?
Taghazout Bay and its waves, perfect for surfers
Or for surfer watching like I did ;-)
One of the magical sunsets in Taghazout Bay
The fishing boats in Taghazout Bay
Please note: The trip (flight, accomodation, transfer) and all meals taken at the hotel courtesy of Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay. All content, photos and opinions expressed here are my own.