agadirIn this third part of our series on holidays abroad for the budget concious UK holidaymaker, I take a look at another summer holiday destination with a difference, Agadir in Morocco.

Morocco is another holiday destination that lies outside the eurozone, so your holiday pounds will go futher than if you take that holiday to Tenerife or Lanzarote.

Morocco enjoys good weather all year round with the best time to visit Morocco from the UK is from April to October, when the weather is pleasant. June to August is the high tourist season and the weather is hot, with December to March being the skiing season.

The city of Agadir enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature of 21C (72F) in winter and 32C (104F) in summer.

The coastal city of Agadir is located in southwest Morocco at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and during medieval times, there was only a fishing village here; today Agadir is an important commercial port.  Much of the city was destroyed in a horrific earthquake in 1960. As a result Agadir is a completely modern city, with little African old world charm, but the people here are a friendly lot and are mostly of Arab-Berber origins.

Soak up the sun on the very well-maintained beaches of Agadir and mavel at the palm-lined boulevards and beachfront bars that add a decidedly western resort feel, amplified by the hoards of Europeans who flock here all year round.

Flights: A cheap flight to Agadir from London Gatwick on Wednesday 15th April 2009 for 2-adults for 7-nights, flying with Thomson Fly starts at about £180 per person.

Hotel: The Kenzi Europa Hotel benefits from a privileged location at only 100m from Agadir beach, 300m from the city centre and 28km from Agadir International Airport. The proximity to the city centre enables guests to take advantage of the numerous luxury shops the authentic restaurants and other animations. The Kenzi Europa Hotel features a broad range of facilities and leisure activities specially designed for both adults and children. A Twin/Double Room Side Sea View on an All-Inclusive basis for 2-adults for a 7-night stay starts from £600 per room (£300 per person).

What can you do in Agadir? On a Thursday visit the market of Agadir for a good day out. The market has high quality products for sale such as leather, handbags, incense sticks, oils, spices, make up, hats and clothes. Visit an original fortress which is at the top of the hill beside the city. It’s possible to go there by taxi, bus or even small mopeds that are for rent around of the Hotel Kenzi. There is a small zoo, called “Vallee des Oiseaux”, which has many birds from all the world, some goat-like animals from the Atlas, and even exotic mammals.

Total cost: Holidays in Agadir in April start from about £480 per person departing on Wednesday 15th April for a 7-nights holiday from London Gatwick Airport staying at the 5-Star Kenzi Europa Hotel in the city centre of Agadir, Morocco.

Photo Credit: Joao Maximo