Kasbah (Agadir Oufella)
Agadir’s centuries-old Kasbah neighbourhood, the oldest in the city, is known by various names including Oufella Agadir, N’Ighir Agadir and Agadir Hill. It is surrounded by walls, the only surviving element of the old Kasbah following the terrible earthquake in 1960 which, besides virtually destroying the city, sadly took the lives of 15,000 people.
From this hill-top neighbourhood located 6 kilometres outside the centre of Agadir, you can enjoy some magnificent views across the city as well as Agadir’s Bay, its ports and the Atlantic Ocean. It stands atop a 260-metre-tall promontory and is home to deeply-rooted traditions, unique customs, vibrant colours and spices and knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation. You will find street sellers, snake charmers and people offering you rides on their camels.
Unique sights are plentiful in this charming neighbourhood, which invites travellers to discover the soul of this colourful and diverse city through its network of narrow streets. There aren’t many Agadir residents who live in the Kasbah neighbourhood. Approximately 300 people live behind the remains of the walls that once wrapped around Agadir’s old town, which moved down the hill following the earthquake that shook the city.
The ancient and imposing Agadir fortress or ‘Kasbah’, of which only the ruins remain, was built in 1572 by Moulay Abdallah al-Ghalib. An original Arabic inscription which translates as ‘God, Fatherland, King’ is written in giant characters into the side of the hill and illuminated at night.
We strongly recommend visiting this fascinating neighbourhood which attracts thousands of tourists every year, attracted not only by its ancient ruins and the authentic splendour of the old Kasbah but also by the marvellous panoramic views that can be enjoyed from the top of the hill.
In the Kasbah neighbourhood you’ll discover beautiful, evocative sights as you follow your nose down its labyrinthine streets. If you’re looking for a place to eat at lunchtime, we recommend heading to the Les Blancs Restaurant. This is one of the city’s most charming restaurants, renowned for the quality of its typical Spanish dishes. If you’re dying for a good paella, this is the place for you.
Be sure to visit the Kasbah neighbourhood during your time in Agadir.
De la Kasbah de Agadir quedan unos paños de muralla y una puerta, pero su ubicación es inmejorable para ver una de las panorámicas más bellas de la ciudad al atardecer.
Las mezquitas de Agadir, con sus altos minaretes, representan el skyline más espiritual de esta ciudad costera donde los rezos se entremezclan con la actividades náuticas y la diversión playera.
La ciudad costera de Agadir brinda a los viajeros un amplio abanico de restaurantes donde sirven una excelente cocina marinera y platos tradicionales para conocer la gastronomía marroquí.